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. 

Traffic Advisory: Road Closures Downtown on Saturday

The City of Dallas is hosting the National Rifle Association Convention from May 3 – 6, 2018 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center. The convention is expecting about 80,000 attendees during the four day event. The Dallas Police Department is expecting numerous protests during this four day convention. As a result, there will be several road closures in the downtown area.

On Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m, Young Street between Ervay Street and Griffin Street will be closed and South Akard Street between Canton Street and Young Street will also be closed during the same time period. Additional roads may be closed as needed. 

The department expects there will also be temporary road closures throughout downtown on Friday due to the arrival of several dignitaries. Expect delays if you are travelling through downtown this weekend and seek alternate routes during the times listed. 

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: BMW Dallas Marathon 12/1 – 12/8

Please be advised, a special event, BMW DALLAS MARATHON, is scheduled to occur the weekend of Dec. 9 – 10 in Downtown Dallas.  Staging and setup will impact traffic around City Hall beginning Friday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. 

Friday, Dec. 1

  • Akard Street – All southbound lanes closed from Young Street to Marilla Street all week beginning Friday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. through Monday, Dec. 11 at 7 a.m.
    Alternate route: Use Marilla Street southbound from Young Street for Friday only

Weekend
Saturday, Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. – Monday, Dec. 4 at 7 a.m.

  • Young Street – Westbound lanes closed from Field Street to Ervay Street and eastbound lanes closed from Field Street to Akard Street
  • Akard Street – All lanes closed to through traffic between Wood Street and Young Street Access to the Federal Building parking lot will be provided by DPD officer at the Wood /Akard Street intersection
  • Akard Street – All southbound lanes closed from Young Street to Marilla Street
  • City Hall Parking Garage – Entrance and exit from the west on Young Street

Monday, Dec. 4 – Wednesday, Dec. 6

  • Young Street – All westbound lanes closed from Ervay Street to Field Street and eastbound lanes closed from Field Street to Akard Street Lanes will be provided for through traffic during the peak hours of 7 – 9 a.m. and 4 – 6 p.m.
  • Akard Street – All lanes closed to through traffic between Wood Street and Young Street Access to the Federal Building parking will be provided by DPD officer from the Wood /Akard Street intersection
  • Akard Street – southbound lanes closed from Young Street to Marilla Street
  • City Hall Parking Garage – Entrance and exit from the west on Young Street

Thursday, Dec. 7

  • Young Street – All lanes closed from Field Street to Ervay Street

          Lanes will be provided for through traffic during peak hours from 7 – 9 a.m. and 4 – 6 p.m.

  • Akard Street – All lanes closed to through traffic between Wood Street and Young Street Access to the Federal Building parking lot will be provided by DPD officer from the Wood /Akard Street intersection
  • Akard Street – Southbound lanes closed from Young Street to Marilla Street; all lanes of Akard Street closed beginning at 7 p.m.
  • Marilla Street – All lanes closed between Young Street and Akard Street Through traffic will be available during peak hours at 7 – 9 a.m. and 4 – 6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 8

  • Young Street – All lanes closed from Field Street to Ervay Street Lanes will be provided for through traffic during peak hours at 7 – 9 a.m. and 4 – 6 p.m.
  • Akard Street – All lanes closed from Wood Street to Marilla Street Access to the Federal Building parking will be provided by DPD officer from the Wood /Akard Street intersection
  • Marilla Street – All lanes closed between Young Street and Akard Street

 Alternate routes:

  • Westbound traffic use Jackson Street or Canton Street
  • Eastbound traffic use Cadiz Street or Wood Street
  • Northbound traffic use Griffin Street or Harwood Street
  • Southbound traffic use South Saint Paul Street or Griffin Street
  • Access to Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas is available from the south via Lamar Street or Griffin Street

 Parking:

  • Metered parking will be prohibited on westbound Young Street between Field Street and Ervay Street all week beginning on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. through Monday, Dec. 11 at 7 a.m.
  • Metered parking will be prohibited on eastbound Young Street between Field Street and Ervay Street beginning Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. through Monday, Dec. 11 at 7 a.m.
  • Pioneer Plaza parking lots are closed beginning Thursday, Dec. 7 at 4:30 a.m. through Monday, Dec. 11 at 7 a.m.

Traffic Advisory for Thursday, October 6, 2016

On Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the Dallas Mavericks will host the MAVS RUN THIS TOWN 5K, a run to kick-off the start of basketball season.  The run will start and finish at the American Airlines Center beginning at 7 p.m. with a post event celebration at AT&T Plaza.

The City of Dallas has approved the following road closures for the 5K run:

  • 5K ROUTE: The 5K will start at 7 p.m. on Olive Street at Houston Street, make a left on Houston Street. in the southbound lanes, left on Victory Avenue W. using all lanes onto Hi Line Drive, U-turn at the Trinity Strand Trail to return east on High Line Drive, right on Oak Lawn Avenue in the eastbound lane (with eastbound traffic coned into the center turn lane), left on Dragon Street, left on Howell Street, left on Slocum Street, right on Hi Line Drive, veers right onto Victory Avenue, left on Olive Street where it will finish and disperse. 

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  • LANE CLOSURES INCLUDE:  Olive Street – 3 westbound lanes closed (leaving 3 eastbound lanes open for through traffic); Houston Street –  all southbound lanes closed (leaving 1 northbound lane open for through traffic); Hi Line Drive – 2 lanes in each direction closed, temporarily closing street to traffic during run; Oak Lawn Avenue –  all north/eastbound lanes closed (center turn lane coned to allow north/eastbound traffic to flow; Dragon Street – 1 lane each direction closed, temporarily closing street to traffic during run; Howell Street – 1 lane each direction closed, temporarily closing street during run; Slocum Street – 1 lane each direction closed, temporarily closing street during run; Victory Avenue –  all northbound lanes closed (leaving 1 southbound lane open for through traffic).  

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Please note that multiple streets will have limited access after 6 p.m. Once the race starts at 7 p.m., the red highlighted streets will be moderately inaccessible until 8 p.m. 

A comprehensive traffic plan has been developed by the Dallas Police Department in conjunction with the walk organizers in an effort to minimize traffic interruptions. The Dallas Police Department will work traffic through the route as necessary and roads will reopen as the race passes each intersection.    

Please visit MAVS RUN THIS TOWN 5K for more information regarding the event.

Have A Safe Fourth of July – Don’t Drink and Drive

Monday is America’s birthday and like any other birthday, this is a celebratory time.  This weekend there will be various activities and festivities, and while we want you to enjoy this weekend with your friends and family; we ask that if you indulge in alcoholic beverages, do not operate a vehicle.  This weekend is one of the deadliest weekends for accidents regarding drinking and driving, so we ask that if you drink, be careful and designate a sober driver.  The Dallas Police Department will conduct a No-Refusal DWI Initiative for the Independence Day holiday weekend, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, July 1st, and concluding on Tuesday, July 5th , 2016 at 6 a.m.

There are several things to do this weekend; drinking and driving should not be one of them.  Happy Fourth of July. 

DB

2016 Dallas Police Memorial Service Highlights

Below is a video highlighting the 2016 Dallas Police Memorial Service honoring all Dallas police officers who have given their lives while serving the city of Dallas.  The ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at 12:00 pm.

 

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Traffic Alert and Lane Closures

Upcoming Closures:

  • The eastbound I-30 exit to Lamar Street (Exit 45B) will be closed continuously beginning Friday, May 20 at 9 p.m. The closure will last until Fall 2016. All traffic may take the exit to Cadiz/Griffin streets (next available exit) to access Lamar. View map below for detour

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The northbound I-35E direct connector to eastbound I-30 will be closed overnight starting Saturday, May 21 from 11 p.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday, May 22. Traffic will be detoured to take the exit to Woodall Rodgers Freeway, and head east toward southbound U.S. 75/I-45 to access eastbound I-30. View map below for detour.

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Continuing Closures:

  • The new southbound I-35E exit to westbound I-30 is now open on the right side of the main lanes. The old left exit is permanently closed. Traffic is advised to remain in the right lane along southbound I-35E after Woodall Rodgers, following new signage to westbound I-30. View Video.
  • The westbound I-30 Riverfront Boulevard on-ramp is now open.
  • From westbound I-30, traffic will use Exit 46A (on the righthand side) to access BOTH northbound and southbound I-35E. Traffic should remain in the two right lanes prior to Ervay Street and follow posted signs. View Video.

The new northbound I-35E off-ramp to Reunion Boulevard is now open. This new exit ramp is on theright side for northbound I-35E traffic. NOTE: Drivers coming from westbound I-30 will still continue to use the current left exit to Reunion Boulevard

  • The southbound I-35E off-ramp to Riverfront Boulevard is now open.

The Sylvan Avenue off-ramp is now open and exit 43B “Frontage Road” ramp is closed on the westbound I-30 frontage road.

Closures are subject to change due to weather or  other unforeseen circumstances. View map.

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2016 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Road Closures

The City of Dallas is hosting the 37th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. There will be several road closures in the area and an increased police presence along the parade route and in the lower Greenville area.

The parade starts at 11:00 a.m. on Greenville Avenue at Blackwell Street and travels all the way down to SMU Boulevard. Northbound Greenville Avenue to Park Lane will be closed starting at 10:00 a.m. and southbound Greenville Avenue to Mockingbird Lane will be closed at 9:00 a.m. This stretch of Greenville Avenue, between Park Lane and Mockingbird Lane, will be closed in both directions until 4:00p.m., so please plan accordingly if you are travelling in this area.

The Greenville Avenue Block Party will start once the parade finishes and will end at 9:00 p.m.

Dallas Police officers will be staged along the parade route and in the lower Greenville area to provide security for parade participants and spectators. Citizens are encouraged to seek out officers if they need any help or have any safety concerns.

Have fun. Be Safe. Drink Responsibly. 

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A Message from Chief David O. Brown

Over the past two years the DWI Enforcement Unit’s manpower has dwindled to its current size. Efforts made to staff the unit proved unsuccessful; therefore, the duty fell mostly to patrol officers.

In 2007, the state mandated every officer entering the academy be trained in the Standardized Field Sobriety Testing process as part of their basic peace officer license.

The number of DWI arrests has dropped even though there are more officers qualified to perform the Standardized Field Sobriety Test.

Therefore, effective Friday, February 12, 2016, the DWI Enforcement Unit will be staffed with 18 additional officers and operational, working 8:00p.m.- 4:00am.