What is the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit?

They drive by you every day. Huge. Heavy. Loaded down with hazardous materials. Forty tons next to your 5,000 pound vehicle. Commercial vehicles hit the road every day in our city, but they do not always measure up to the safety standards required by the state.

The Dallas Police Department Traffic Unit has officers certified in Commercial Vehicle Enforcement. These officers run operations to stop and inspect commercial vehicles that are travelling on the roadways exhibiting state law violations. Sergeant Oliver Price of the Traffic Unit said, “The goal of the unit is to get unsafe vehicles off the streets.” Officers physically inspect the vehicles for mechanical issues, make sure the drivers have the correct certifications, and also make sure all their paperwork is in order. 

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Officers most commonly see vehicles with air leaks and brake issues, which are very dangerous.  They have also found hoses tied together with rags, a water hose rigged to stop a fuel leak, and duct tape holding wires together. If a vehicle is found with a safety violation, officers do not allow it back on the street. It’s not the typical situation where you get a ticket and you head on your way. Commercial vehicle drivers must immediately remedy the situation by calling a mechanic to the location, towing the vehicle, or getting an escort by officers to the nearest repair shop. 

Commercial vehicle enforcement is hard, dirty work, but these officers are satisfied when they know they have taken a dangerous vehicle off the streets and potentially prevented a tragedy from occurring. 

DPD’s Pets of the Week – Chewy and Silvester

ChewyDPD’s Pet of the Week is Chewy A913441.  Chewy is a 4 month old brown and white Pit Bull mix. She has been in the care of Dallas Animal Services since October 21, 2015. This friendly playful girl weighs 20 pounds.  She is spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped. 

This week’s cat is Silvester! Silvester is a calm gentle 4 year old gray and white tabby. He’s been in the care of Dallas Animal Services since October 25, 2015. He is neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. Silvester’s ID# is A913982.

SilvesterThe adoption fees for both pet’s this week is $20.00 until Sunday. On Monday, the adoption fee for Chewy goes up to $85.00 and the adoption fee for Silvester will go up to $55.00. 

Let’s help find Chewy and Silvester a furrever home. You can meet them both at the Dallas Animal Services’ main location, 1818 N. Westmoreland, 75212, where they are available for adoption. The hours are from 11 am to 6:30 pm, Monday-Saturday and 12 noon until 5 pm on Sunday. Pictured with Chewy and Silvester is Senior Corporal Timothy Cordova who is assigned to the Traffic Unit.

Street Closures surrounding Dealey Plaza

UPDATE:  Revised time for the Street Closures on Wednesday, October 7th and Thursday, October 8th to now begin at 9:00am and not to impact the morning rush hour traffic.  

Below is a list of street closures surrounding Dealey Plaza regarding the Warner Brothers filming of a mini series.

There will be additional officers to assist with traffic control during the filming of the mini series.

Street Closures (Oct 6th: 7:30am – 8:30pm) & (Oct. 7th & 8th: 7:30am – 7:30pm)

400 – 600 Elm Street WB between Riverfront and Market Street.

400 -600 Main Street E/B & WB between Riverfront and Market Street.

100 S. Houston Street N/B & S/B. 100-200 N. Houston Street N/B & S/B between Commerce Street & Pacific Ave.

Ross Avenue @ Houston Street (soft closure/tapering of traffic cones).


Street Closures (3:00pm – 7:00pm) (Oct 6th thru 8th)

600 – 800 Elm Street WB between Market Street and Lamar Street.

.600 -800 Main Street E/B & WB between Market Street and Lamar Street.

100 S. Austin Street @ Main Street.


Intermittent Traffic Control (after 9:00am) Limited to l-3 minute intervals.

Commerce Street E/B between Riverfront Blvd and Houston Street.

Interstate 35E/ Commerce Street S/B exit ramp to Commerce Street.

Interstate 35El Commerce Street N/B Exit ramp to Commerce Street.

Reunion Blvd Service Road(s) to Commerce Street (behind the Hyatt)

3-1-1 Service Request Online

311Need extra patrol? Would you like to submit a location for extra traffic enforcement? Visit our website at http://www.dallaspolice.net. Select “Police Extra Patrol” from under the “Links” tab on the bottom left corner on the Home page of our website. The below photo on the left is where the link is on our website and the photo on the right is the types of service request that you can submit  online. Or if you have a Smartphone, you can download the 311 App and submit service request INSTANTLY.

Here is the link directly to the online 3-1-1 Service request form: http://311.dallascityhall.com/CWI/ServiceRequest.mvc/SRIntake