TRAFFICThe West Hollywood Sheriff's Station Traffic Unit is primarily responsible for investigating all traffic collisions and enforcing traffic laws. Yes, enforcing traffic laws usually means issuing citations. However, statistics show that an increase in enforcement tends to lead to a decrease in traffic collisions.
There is no such thing as a "Quota" for citations, these are illegal and our deputies do not work under this premise.
If you get pulled over and receive a citation but feel you did nothing wrong, your case can be judged in a court of law. Our field units which are made up of five Traffic Motor Deputies and five Traffic Enforcement cars, monitor traffic patterns throughout the city looking for potential problem areas.
The field units are also the
initial on scene investigator at any collision scene. Their
primary responsibility at the scene of a collision is to first
identify any victims and tend to their injuries. Next they provide
the necessary traffic control so that they may properly and safely
investigate the collision. Once the on scene investigation has
concluded, the deputies will file the necessary traffic collision
reports which will summarize the incident and determine a cause.
What if I'm involved in a Traffic Collision?
First and foremost is to ensure that you and any other involved parties are not injured. If someone is injured and requires Emergency Medical treatment by Paramedics call 911 immediately. If there are no injuries and you need the Sheriff's Department to respond, please call (310) 855-8850 and report the collision.
Be prepared to present your Drivers license, Registration and Proof of Insurance to the Deputy and/or the other parties involved. The Deputy on scene will not provide you with the information from the other parties at the scene of the collision. If you would like the information at that time, please exchange this information with the other parties yourself.
This information will be available on the Traffic Collision Report, however the report will not be available for seven to ten business days. Please do not call to obtain information from the report as we will be unable to answer any questions until the report is processed.
Once your report has been processed, you can obtain a copy of your report by either coming to the station and purchasing a copy for $21.00* or sending in a mail request along with a check for $21.00* payable to the "Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department". *Subject to change
Please mail your requests to:
Please include your "Report Number" on any report requests. Note: Our policy does not allow us to fax reports.
What if I disagree with the final collision report?
All of our field traffic units have extensive training and experience in traffic collision investigation. Sometimes parties involved may disagree with the outcome of the report or feel that information was left out. If you fall into this category, please send an email to Detective Brooks at email@example.com with a detailed explanation of your grievance. Also include your name, address, phone number and report number in the email. Det. Brooks will read your statement and if necessary amend the first report. However most findings in reports are final and will not be changed. Your statement will be attached to a supplemental report which becomes part of the first report for reference purposes.
What if I get a traffic citation?
Nobody enjoys getting a traffic citation but If you do receive one, you have three options.
Whichever option you pick, you must contact the court before the designated court date to arrange one of the above. Please wait approximately two weeks before contacting the court so that your citation can be processed into the court system. There are also three ways you can contact the court. You can appear in person at the designated courthouse, use the automated phone system by calling (310) 860-0070 or visiting the Superior Court web site by following the link below. Once a citation is written and processed through our office, any concerns regarding the citation should be addressed to the court. If you have questions about the specific Vehicle Code section you were cited for, you can visit the DMV web site and look up the information or even download forms.
I want to report a traffic problem:
If you live in the city of West Hollywood and would like to report a traffic problem or concern, please click on the Sheriff's badge below to send an email to the Traffic Office. Please include the nature of the problem or concern, time of occurrence and location of occurrence.