Pasadena Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit Our Mission Statement • Our mission is to save lives, protect resources, and ensure the safety of the traveling public by preventing crashes through the training and enforcement of local, state, and federal regulations. Introduction Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit • Currently consists of 6 full time officers, one Sergeant and one Lieutenant. • All officers are certified D.O.T. Inspectors with specialized training in Cargo Tanks and Hazardous Materials. • The Unit primarily responds to collisions and other calls for service involving Commercial Motor Vehicle’s. Facts about CMV traffic in Pasadena: • Traffic “tube” surveys monitoring commercial vehicle traffic were done on weekdays from 8 A.M. to 11 A.M. and 1 P.M. to 3 P.M. These surveys indicated that there are approximately 60 trucks per minute traveling on S.H. 225 during these peak traffic periods. Enforcement Information • Officers in the unit enforce the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations, Texas Law, and City Ordinances on all roadways of the City of Pasadena. • Officers in the unit are also called upon by the patrol division and other Police Departments in the area to assist with crash scenes and major incidents involving CMV’s. • Although their primary function is to target commercial motor vehicles, members of the unit also routinely answer other call for service. • Texas Weight Laws are also strictly enforced which results in the protection of the citizens and the roadways of our city. Goals and Problems • The departments goal is to reduce the number of commercial vehicle crashes resulting in bodily injury and fatalities through enforcement efforts and fleet safety education and training. • With increased CMV traffic in Pasadena, we are witnessing an increased number of weight violations. • With the introduction of the “truck lane” on State Hwy 225, we are also witnessing CMV’s traveling in the truck lane which poses traffic issues. Goals and Problems Continued • With the Port of Houston’s (Pasadena) Bayport Terminal now underway, we will see an increased number of commercial vehicles moving through our city. • The Port of Houston estimates that approximately 7,000 trucks per day will travel in and out of the new Bayport Terminal during their hours of operation. • This will create an increased number of crashes and calls for service involving commercial motor vehicles during peak hours. Crashes Involving Commercial Vehicles • From January 1st to June 30th of this year there have been a total of 71 accidents involving commercial vehicles. • Of the 71 accidents, only 5 or 7% occurred on the weekend. Broken down per month the average number for CMV accidents occurring over the weekends is .833%. This is less than one CMV accident occurring each month over the weekends. Action Plan • Members of the unit will continue to enforce the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, the Hazardous Materials Regulations, State Laws, and applicable City Ordinances. • Members of the division will also continue to answer crash calls and major incidents involving commercial motor vehicles.