The Saint John Police Force Traffic Unit works hard to ensure that our streets and highways are safe for all Saint John residents and visitors to our city.
The unit is responsible primarily for traffic related issues, such as:
- handling traffic complaints and concerns from the community,
- investigating Criminal Code driving offense,
- issuing violations under the Motor Vehicle Act of New Brunswick,
- vehicle and pedestrian control,
- accident investigations and reconstruction, and
- traffic escorts for funerals and other events.
The Traffic Unit works with the City of Saint John Engineering Department regarding the placement of street signs, enforcement of snow removal and street cleaning efforts and acts as coordinator for the Salvage Corp and Fire-Police volunteers. The Unit also coordinates commercial vehicle enforcement officers in regards to checking vehicles as to their outward appearance and mechanical operation. They further assist with the transportation of oversized loads to ensure the safety of the public.
The Traffic Unit acts in conjunction with other community organizations throughout the year to promote awareness around traffic safety issues. They participate in Provincial Programs, including Operation Impact and M.A.D.D. initiatives, such as the Red Ribbon Campaign. They also collaborate with other police agencies, such as the Rothesay Regional Police and the RCMP to promote traffic safety.
The SJPF Traffic Unit has officers who are specially trained in collision investigation, accident reconstruction and forensic surveying. Accident reconstructionists are often called upon during the investigation of fatal crashes or catastrophic injury cases to recreate the scene and determine the most probably scenario that led to the accident. Information including statements, photos, skid mark analysis, measurements, diagrams of impact and rest positions, roadway factors, weather/lighting conditions, and laws of physics are used to analyze the scene and determine the sequence of events leading up to the accident.
The Traffic Unit is involved in the enforcement of the Motor Vehicle Act, Highway Act, Motor Carrier Act, City By-Laws, Liquor Control Act, Taxi By-Laws, and the Off-Road Vehicle Act.
Please direct any traffic related complaints or concerns to saintjohn.ca.