In 2021, officers wrote 2567 traffic summons, investigated 350 traffic accidents and made 48 DUI arrests. We also worked with the city engineer and public works to improve traffic flow and safety throughout the city.
The department has two speed trailers which are deployed to an area where speeding complaints are received. The trailers collect data, including number of vehicles, speeds and times. We are able to take the collected data and focus our enforcement efforts on areas and times where speeding offenses and traffic crashes are most frequent.
This team is comprised of 5 patrol officers who volunteer to be assigned when motor vehicle crashes involving fatalities, serious injury or significant property damage occur within city limits. The team is certified in basic and advanced crash-level/accident reconstruction and has worked alongside other certified investigators. The team investigated a traffic fatality and a pedestrian accident with serious injury in 2019.
Each year, the Martinsville Police Department receives grant funding from the Division of Motor Vehicles. Based on statistical data, the grants are given to jurisdictions in an effort to reduce accidents, injuries, and even deaths related to vehicle crashes.
There are two categories that the Martinsville Police Department receives.
Speed Enforcement: To reduce speeding within the City of Martinsville, overtime funding is provided for officers to work radar within the city limits to reduce crashes
Alcohol: Provides officers the opportunity to work overtime to enforce the DUI laws to reduce alcohol-related crashes