Traffic Tuesday

Why do we disclose the location of our focused traffic enforcements?

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Our Traffic Division monitors activity throughout Farmington and focuses their efforts on high problem areas where speeding and crashes are common occurrences. We’ve been sharing our focused enforcements on Facebook and are frequently asked why we disclose the locations. Our goal isn’t to get out there and write as many tickets as possible, but rather to prevent traffic violations and reduce the number of crashes by being highly visible to the public. This helps to serve as a deterrent, reminding people to slow down and abide by traffic laws. In addition, it increases transparency and public participation. We want you to know about the problems we face and how we are working to solve those problems. We also need your help to make Farmington the best place to live, work, and play.

Starting today through the end of August, our Traffic Division will be focusing their efforts on East and West Main near both Walmarts. These are areas where crashes commonly occur. Please help us keep our roadways safe by observing the rules of the road and Reporting Aggressive and Drunk Driving by calling 911. #RADD #slowdown#waittotext #traffictuesday

 

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PRESS RELEASE: DWI checkpoints to be conducted in August

Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department, in partnership with surrounding law enforcement agencies, will be conducting DWI checkpoints during the month of August. The checkpoints are part of the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s 100 Days and Nights of Summer campaign. The campaign runs from June through September. These checkpoints are in addition to FPD’s ongoing RADD campaign (Report Aggressive and Drunk Drivers), which encourages citizens to call 911 to report aggressive and drunk drivers.

 

Traffic Tip Tuesday: Helmet safety

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. This month’s Traffic Tip Tuesday topics will be dedicated to safe motorcycle riding. Today’s topic is helmet safety.

Traffic Tip Tuesday: Safe Braking

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. This month’s Traffic Tip Tuesday topics will be dedicated to safe motorcycle riding. Our first post for May is a video on safe braking.

An unexpected Christmas

Greetings,

I want to pass on a brief story that just took place. Wednesday, officers responded to a local hotel to evict an individual who could no longer pay for her room. It turned out to be a mother and her four children. Officer Keith Herrera was the responding officer and instead of simply evicting her, he worked hard to help the woman find a place she could stay. He contacted several charities, however, none could accommodate her at this time. When the officer ran out of options, he contacted his supervisor and eventually his shift commander, Lt. Dale Bode. Lt. Bode used his own money to pay for four additional nights for the family to stay at the hotel. Officer Herrera gave the mother money for food. When word hit the station, employees donated additional money so the family could buy Christmas presents and would have gas money to get to Phoenix after the holiday. In total, individual FPD employees donated over $1,200 to the family. Additionally, Officer Herrera and Corporal Al Boognl picked up the family and took them to Target so they could do their Christmas shopping. Target was extremely supportive and donated to the family as well so that they would have a surprising and unexpected Christmas.

It can be easy to forget how many good people put on the blue uniform. Police officers see so much of the hopelessness of things around us, from alcohol and drug abuse to violence. We in Farmington are fortunate to have so many good men and women who are determined to make a difference in the world. As their chief, I am very proud of them. To the community, I ask you to keep this family in your thoughts and prayers. I also ask you to remember all the men and women devoted to keeping us safe, even during the holidays.

Merry Christmas!

Chief Hebbe