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Traffic division aims to keep roads, drivers safe

Here is more information on some of the basic functions of the Boulder City Police Department and what functions each area provides to the citizens we serve.

Traffic division officers primarily are assigned to enforcement and investigations. Officers are capable of handling any type of call; however, their main focus is taking care of traffic flow, accidents and hazardous situations affecting traveling in and around our city.

These will be the officers you encounter if you have a fender-bender on a public street or highway. They are experienced in accident investigations and know all the documentation required to recreate the circumstances needed to determine what happened.

You might also have noticed more traffic congestion coming in and out of Boulder City. Our officers are diligent about using various diversion tactics to try to move vehicles through the traffic light and to their ultimate destinations. Weekend backups frequently have been all the way back to the Horizon Drive exit on U.S. Highway 95.

Travelers leaving Hoover Dam and Boulder City en route to Las Vegas also are subject to slowdowns because of the signal light at Railroad Pass. Contrary to popular belief, the pass is not located in Boulder City or its jurisdiction. The traffic light and portion of U.S. Highway 93 in front of the resort are the jurisdiction of Nevada Highway Patrol while the hotel-casino and parking areas are handled by Henderson Police Department.

Our traffic division officers are responsible for keeping the roadways safe for all of us. While most of us are not happy when we receive a speeding ticket or other discipline, it’s a totally different matter when we have someone tailgating us or driving recklessly.

Take care out there and we’ll explore more about your department next week.

Tina Ransom is a dispatcher with Boulder City Police Department. She is coordinator of the Boulder City Citizen’s Academy.

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