Traffic & Community Service

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The duties of the Belmont Police Department Traffic Unit include the investigation of traffic collisions and enforcement of traffic laws in order to reduce traffic collisions. 

These efforts result in safer roadways and streets, fewer fatalities and injuries, reduce property damage and facilitate the safe and expedient flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

The Traffic Unit is comprised of the Traffic Sergeant, two traffic/motorcycle officers and three Community Service Officers.

The Traffic Unit concentrates its enforcement efforts in the areas with the highest collision rates within the city of Belmont. These efforts have proven to be effective in reducing the numbers of collisions in the City.

Speed, one of the leading causes of collisions, is enforced through the use of laser devices. Each motorcycle officer is equipped with one of these devices.  Mobile speed display radar trailers are rotated throughout the City to inform motorists of their speeds and serve as an educational tool.

The city of Belmont has received grants through the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to help make the community safer.  These grants help fund sobriety checkpoints and distracted driving campaigns.  

The Traffic Unit cooperates with the traffic engineer and other departments in developing ways and means to improve traffic conditions and traffic safety.

Please use the most requested traffic links below to contact some of these departments.

  • Department of Motor Vehicle
  • San Mateo County Superior Court – Traffic/Parking Citations   
  • How to Take Care of a Ticket/Citation   
  • Paying Parking Citations
  • To request a copy of your collision report, click here.


     Abandoned Vehicles

    To report an abandoned vehicle, you can call the Abandoned Vehicle Hotline at (650) 595-7455.  This is a voice mail system, which will advise you of the procedures for reporting and towing abandoned vehicles.  You will need to provide the following required information:

    1. Your name, address, and phone number
    2. The location/address of the vehicle
    3. The make, model, color, and license plate of the vehicle
    4. The information you report to the hotline will be processed and marked the following business day.  The vehicle will be checked after 72 hours has expired.  Should the expiration fall on a weekend or holiday, the vehicle will be checked on the following business day.  The California Vehicle Code states a vehicle is abandoned if it moves less than 1/10th of mile in a 72-hour period.  If an officer determines the vehicle is abandoned, the vehicle will be towed.


      Car Seat Inspections

      • Car seat inspections are by appointment only and are limited to Belmont residents only.
      • Car seat inspections can take up to one hour to complete.
      • This is an inspection only. Car seats must be installed in the vehicle prior to the inspection. Please bring the car seat installation instructions and the vehicle users manual to your appointment.
      • To make an appointment, call 650-595-7400.
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