Traffic & Safety Unit
The Traffic and Safety Unit is comprised of one Sergeant, three police officers, one traffic aide, one animal warden, two parking enforcement and animal officers, and eleven school crossing guards.
The Traffic and Safety Unit is responsible to maintain and evaluate the regulations set forth by the New York State Department of Transportation. Members of the Traffic Unit conduct traffic counts, evaluate traffic patterns and conditions that effect the safety and quality of life for town residents.
When requests are made concerning issues such as stop signs, speed zones or unsafe parking, site studies are conducted. If the results meet the requirements as stipulated in the Manual for Traffic Control Devices, corrective action is taken.
For example, when a resident suggests that an intersection needs a stop sign, a study is conducted. If all requirements are met, a recommendation for placement of the sign is made to the Town Board. Once adopted, the location is listed in the Town Code and a sign is placed. The Police Department is then allowed to enforce the ordinance for violations.
The Traffic Unit is also responsible for the supervision of School Crossing Guards, Animal Control Services and requests for street closings.
The Traffic and Safety Unit employs three full time Animal Control Officers that service both the unincorporated portion of Greenburgh, and the six villages that fall within the town's borders.
These officers work seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.
They provide services such as:
- Enforcement of town and state regulations concerning domesticated animals such as dogs, cats and ferrets
- Removal of sick or injured (not deceased) wildlife
The Greenburgh Police Department is responsible to staff ten school crossings throughout the Town's three school districts. Civilian Crossing Guards are employed by the Police Department for this purpose.
In their absence, Police Officers are assigned to cover these duties.
Traffic counts provide valuable information. They are conducted by use of a traffic counting device as well as by visual observation. These counts give us the ability to track the volume and speed on town roads over a 24 hour period which aids the department in determining the need for selective enforcement.
This unit flashes the speed at which a vehicle is approaching while also posting the speed limit for the road. The purpose of the unit is to warn drivers that they may be in violation of the speed limit. In addition to the warning, police officers are assigned to the unit to summons violators.
In light of the upcoming busy holiday season, the Greenburgh Police Department would like to share with you, some tips on pedestrian and driver safety.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
1. Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
2. Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
3. Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
4. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
5. Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
6. Whenever possible, cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.
7. If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross.
8. Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.
9. Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.
10. Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment.
Driving Safety Tips
1. Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times. Safety is a shared responsibility.
2. Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or bad weather.
3. Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.
4. Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the cross-walk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop too.
5. Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people crossing that you can’t see.
6. Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
7. Follow the speed limit, especially around people on the street.
8. Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where children are present.
9. Be extra cautious when backing up—pedestrians can move into your path.
For additional information you can visit following sites:
Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee
Holiday Road Travel Tips
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Pedestrian Safety – See and Be Seen