Traffic Enforcement

The Traffic Enforcement Unit is responsible for directed education and enforcement related to traffic. The unit’s primary goal is to increase motorist, bicyclist and pedestrian safety, and to reduce the number of people killed and injured as a result of traffic collisions. The unit targets, amongst other violations, unlicensed/suspended drivers, speeders, red-light runners, distracted drivers, and DUI drivers. They also actively enforce the occupant protection laws (seatbelt / child restraint) and laws related to any other unsafe violation committed by motorists, bicyclists or pedestrians.

Through grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety, the traffic unit conducts a variety of enforcement operations. These operations range from general traffic enforcement to targeted enforcement for drunk drivers, distracted driving and mandatory seatbelt use.

History

On October first, 1998, the Suisun City Police Department created a Traffic Unit in conjunction with an OTS Grant of approximately $146,000 (Office of Traffic Safety). The program included two marked police motorcycles, four traffic radars (moving and stationary), police radios for the two motor units and all other necessary traffic related equipment and safety gear.

Education

AVOID the Solano 10

The unit actively participates in the Solano County Avoid the 10 DUI Enforcement Task force which is comprised of the 10 law enforcement agencies of Solano County (California Highway Patrol, Benicia Police Department, Dixon Police Department, Fairfield Police Department, Rio Vista Police Department, Solano County Sheriffs Office, Solano Community College Police Department, Suisun City Police Department, Vacaville Police Department, and Vallejo Police Department). The purpose of this task force is the reduction of the number of DUI drivers on the road and to reduce fatal and injury DUI collisions, especially during the major holidays when the consumption of alcohol is prevalent. The task force accomplishes this goal by traveling from city to city and conducting DUI / Drivers License checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols. The task force also seeks to raise the awareness of the community regarding problems associated with drinking and driving. The task force conducts intense public information campaigns during these enforcement periods.

Child Passenger Safety Technicians

The Suisun City Police Department has two certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians. They put their knowledge to work through a variety of activities, including child safety seat checks where parents and caregivers receive education and hands-on assistance with the proper use of child restraint systems and safety belts. National certification of these individuals helps to enhance the credibility and professionalism of all child passenger safety advocates and practitioners, the child passenger safety community, and the organizations and programs that use the services of certified CPS Technicians. Our certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians are available Monday thru Thursday during normal business hours to inspect child seats and to educate parents and caregivers on the proper installation and use of their child seats.

Click It or Ticket

The Suisun City Police Department participates in the Click It or Ticket Campaign. Officers educate drivers and enforce the California occupant protection laws not only during the Click It or Ticket campaigns but year round. Click It or Ticket flyers are posted at numerous city buildings and magnetic Click It or Ticket bumper stickers are placed on the patrol vehicles It only takes two seconds to buckle up.  Two seconds!  And those two seconds could literally save your life.  They will also keep you from getting a ticket and a fine. The cost of an adult seat belt violation in California costs $142, and up to $445 for not properly restraining a child under 16.  If the parent is not in the car, the driver gets the ticket. If an adult passenger is not seat belted the driver of the vehicle can also receive a ticket. Suisun City has a 91 percent seatbelt usage rate which is in line with the California’s 96.2 percent seatbelt usage rate.

Zero Tolerance of Distracted Driving

The Suisun City Police Department makes the enforcement of distracted driving a top department enforcement priority. The Suisun City Police Department teams up with the California Highway Patrol, California Office of Traffic Safety and other allied agencies for several zero tolerance enforcement blitzes of violators driving distracted year round. A ticket for $159 for texting or talking on a cell phone is a major distraction to your wallet.

Safe Routes to School

The Suisun City Police Department participates in the Safe Routes to Schools program in Solano County. The Safe Routes to School program encourages children to walk or bike to school. Included in the program are several bicycle rodeos, schools presentations and general public presentations. The Suisun City Police Department is committed to education for both juveniles and adults. The Traffic Enforcement Unit has developed and implemented a bicycle/pedestrian safety presentation for the local schools. The presentations are designed to encourage children to wear their helmets, and educate them of the dangers at intersections and even their own driveways. Bicycle rodeos are also used to further educate children. The rodeos provide an excellent opportunity to teach proper techniques for crossing intersections and entering the roadway from driveways. A portion of the program is designed to teach critical bicycle skills for safer riding.

SMART Radar Trailer

The Suisun City Police Department deploys a Kustom Signals SMART speed trailer throughout the year in areas where speed is reported as a problem by citizens. The trailer is a portable, self contained, radar unit that serves as a visible reminder for motorists of their speed as well as the speed limit on the road that they are traveling.  It also provides valuable statistics that the Traffic Enforcement Unit uses for the deployment of its personnel for enforcement of the speed laws.

Underage Drinking

The Suisun City Police Department and the Suisun City Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Task Force conducts several enforcement sting operations every year on alcohol selling establishments in the city. During the stings an officer and a minor decoy visit the alcohol selling establishments in the city and the minor attempts to purchase alcoholic beverages. Citations are issued to violators who sell alcoholic beverages and referrals are made to the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) for administrative sanctions on those business. These sting operations are done to help reduce the sources of alcohol available to minors and thus lowering the number of teenagers who drive impaired on the roadways within our community.

Traffic FAQs

How do I retrieve my towed vehicle?

If your vehicle was towed and stored by this agency, you must obtain a vehicle release from the Police Department at 701 Civic Center Blvd. Vehicles releases are processed 7-days per week, 7 AM-7PM.

The vehicle release fee is $225 for vehicles towed for (22651(h), 2261(p), DUI & 23109 VC) and $135 for all other tows, payable via cash, money order or credit card. The release fee does not include fees accrued at the tow yard.

  1. Vehicles may only be released to the registered owner. If a vehicle was recently purchased, you must complete the transfer through DMV prior to obtaining the release. If the registered owner is unable to come to the Police Department, a notarized request for release from the registered owner may be accepted. If the registered owner is in jail, the jail can provide a vehicle release form.
  2. The registered owner must have a valid driver’s license or the registered owner must bring a licensed driver to the Police Department.
  3. Vehicles towed for expired registration, pursuant to 22651(o) VC, must be currently registered before the vehicle can be released.
  4. Each tow yard has specific release requirements and hours of normal operation. You should contact the tow yard where you vehicle is stored to obtain additional information and avoid additional fees.

Tow Companies

Ramirez Towing
4999-D Vanden Road
Vacaville, CA 95687
(707) 437-2800

GM Towing
532 Parker Road
Fairfield, CA 94533
(707) 437-2989

Able Towing
2400 Cement Hill Road
Fairfield, CA 94533
(707) 428-6186

ADCO Towing
2875 Industrial Drive
Fairfield, CA 94533
(707) 437-5860

Roadrunner Towing
1950 Walters Court
Fairfield, CA 94533
(707) 434-9560

 

 

What do I do if I am issued a Parking/Mechanical/Registration Ticket?

If you have been issued a Notice of Parking Violation, Notice of Registration Violation or Notice of Mechanical Violation, you must respond to the citation within 21 days of issuance.

You may pay your parking citation online or by calling 1-800-818-1832. Notice of Registration Violation and Notice of Mechanical Violation citations cannot be paid online. You must mail payment and proof of correction to:

Office of Parking Violations
City of Suisun City
PO BOX 11113
San Jose, CA 95103-1113

If you have questions regarding your citation, please call 1-800-818-1832. We do not accept payment at the Police Department.

 

License Plate, Registration/Tab and Mechanical Violations

Sections 4000(a), 5200-5204 and mechanical violations of the California Vehicle Code require evidence of correction and vehicle inspection before payment can be accepted. A photocopy of your registration is not sufficient proof of correction. If validation and payment are received within 21 days of issuance, the fine shall be reduce to $10.00.

 

Failure to Pay

Failure to pay or contest the citation within 21 calendar days of issuance will cause an increased penalty, notification to the Department of Motor Vehicles to refuse registration of the vehicle, referral to a collection agency and interception of funds through the California Franchise Tax board. If a vehicle is found on a highway or off-street parking facility and the vehicle has (5) or more unpaid parking violations, the vehicle may be impounded or booted.

How do I get a fix-it ticket signed off?

Citations requiring proof of correction are only signed off at the Police Department. There is a fee of $22 for an officer to sign off your citation. Note: This fee is separate from any fees due for the citation itself.