The Brighton Police Department Traffic Safety Unit (TSU) uses a three-pronged approach to conduct strategic traffic enforcement.
- First, they thoroughly investigate all serious and fatal crashes to understand how and why they occurred. The locations with high crash volume are identified as a STEP (Strategic Traffic Enforcement Point). Some of the tools used by the TSU to analyze and investigate these crashes are:
- Drone - DJI Matrice 300RTK
- Scene Mapping - TopCon HiPer VR GNSS
- Diagramming - Faro Zone 3D and Pix4D modeling
- Vehicle Data - Bosch Crash Data Retrieval
- Second, they conduct strategic traffic enforcement in these areas in order to prevent future crashes. They also work in partnership with the City of Brighton Public Works department, including traffic engineers and the streets division, to determine when and where speed control or extra signage might be necessary.
- Third, the TSU provides public education, outreach and awareness surrounding traffic safety issues specific to Brighton. You will often find the TSU at city events under their bright yellow tent. They are happy to answer your questions and discuss your concerns!
What can residents do to keep themselves safe on Brighton roadways?
We encourage motorists to drive sober, put away their cell phones, wear their seatbelts and ensure that children are properly secured in car seats. Pedestrians should cross streets safely at crosswalks and wear bright or reflective clothing when it's dark. Motorcyclists are encouraged to wear helmets and must obey the rules of the road. Brighton Police Department wants everyone to arrive alive at their destination.
The following information is provided by the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Know the facts from CDOT:
Know the Colorado laws:
Adults — Colorado has a secondary enforcement law for adult drivers and front-seat passengers. Drivers can be ticketed for violating the seat belt law if they are stopped for another traffic violation.
Teens — Colorado’s Graduated Drivers Licensing (GDL) law requires all drivers under 18 and their passengers, regardless of their age, to wear seat belts. GDL is a primary enforcement, meaning teens can be pulled over solely for not wearing a seat belt or having passengers without seat belts.
Children — Colorado’s Child Passenger Safety law is a primary enforcement, meaning the driver can be stopped and ticketed if an officer sees an unrestrained or improperly restrained child under age 16 in the vehicle.
The Brighton Police Department has a certified child passenger safety technician, Officer Kubic, who is passionate about car seat safety. If you would like a car seat inspection or have questions about car seat safety, contact Officer Kubic at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-655-2245. View the Colorado Child Passenger Safety Law.
The TSU recently held a virtual community meeting highlighting the work that they do. View the video on Facebook.