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Denver Police Department

Police Help Lines

Dial 9-1-1 for Emergencies ONLY

Non-Emergency Help
720-913-2000
Crime Stoppers Anonymous Tips
720-913-7867 (STOP)
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Gang Hotline
720-913-1339
Report Graffiti
311 or
(720) 913-1311
Sex Offender Hotline
720-913-6511
Hate Crimes Hotline
720-913-6458

TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT

Report an Accident

If you are involved in a crash or collision, whether that may be with another vehicle, pedestrian, building or bicyclist, Colorado State law requires all drivers involved to provide their name, address and vehicle registration to all other involved persons. This means that you must show your driver's license to anyone who asks to see it. In all cases, except when an Accident Alert has been declared, you must stop and report the crash by calling your local police station or 911.

Accident Alerts

An Accident Alert is declared when conditions (such as inclement weather or other emergency) are so severe that police officers are unable to respond to the volume of motor vehicle crashes. If involved in a crash while an Accident Alert is declared, call 911 and waiting for a dispatcher to determine if a police officer will be sent to the scene. If the crash does not meet the criteria for a police response you must do the following:

1. All drivers involved must exchange their name, driver's license information, vehicle registration information and proof of insurance information.
2. File a report as soon as possible by reporting the crash to your local police station or calling 911. For crashes that occur outside of the Denver city limits, you must respond to that jurisdiction to complete the counter crash report.

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Locating a Towed Vehicle

Denver, unlike many municipalities, doesn't automatically impound towed vehicles. Vehicles that are towed are often relocated to a nearby location and parked legally there. There is a $100 tow fee incurred for moving a vehicle.

If your vehicle's been towed, contact the Denver Police Non-Emergency line to locate it: 720-913-2000 (When you get the recorded message, hit 0 for the operator; they will look up your vehicle's location).

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Boot Removal

If there are 3 or more unpaid tickets (or other outstanding citations) on a vehicle, a seizure warning notice will be issued, and a boot may be placed on your car. The boot won't be removed until all outstanding fines (including the additional $100 boot fee) are paid. If a vehicle is booted for 72 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) without payment, it will be considered abandoned and towed to impound. If a vehicle is towed to impound, an additional $100 tow fee will be charged.

Payment by phone or online for booted vehicles can be made 24 hours a day. However, if fines, penalties and boot fees are paid after 5:00 pm using the Pay-by-Phone system or the Pay-by-Web service, the vehicle will be released during normal operating hours.

Walk-in payments for boots may be made with cash, money order, Visa or MasterCard; no checks accepted for boots. Payments should be presented at the Parking Cashier's Office on the first floor of the Wellington Webb Building in downtown Denver. The Parking Cashier's Office is open Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 5 pm, excluding holidays.

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Traffic Safety: Know the Rules and Your Rights

Wear your seatbelt.  Research has repeatedly demonstrated the benefits of wearing seatbelts. Injury severity is significantly reduced and fatalities can be avoided through this simple habit.  Air bags do not take the place of seatbelts, and are actually designed to work in conjunction with them as a means of protecting vehicle occupants.  Seat belts are mandatory for all front seat passengers, and seat belts or child safety seats are mandatory for all children through the age of 16.

Child Safety seats or Booster Seats are mandatory for children up to six years of age. For child safety seat regulations, visit www.carseatscolorado.com.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs continues to be a significant issue across the country.  Have a designated driver and avoid the terrible consequences of DUI. Lives are at stake, including those of you and your family.  Even when injuries are not involved, jail time, fines, loss of driving privileges, attorney fees and insurance costs are considerable.

For information about Denver marijuana laws, click here.

Crashes involving motorcycles are occurring with greater frequency, many times resulting in serious injuries. Motorcycle riders should always wear a helmet. Head injuries can be reduced significantly by using this vital piece of safety equipment. Always ride defensively and within your ability – If you are not comfortable, you are not riding within your ability! Wear proper clothing – bright and reflective apparel is the best, covering one-half of your body surfaces.

Change lane position to increase your visibility and remember S.I.D.E: Scan, Identify, Decide, Execute.

Use crosswalks and obey the signaling cycle. Remember, even with a green walk signal you can still be at risk when crossing a street. Look left, right, and left again for oncoming traffic before stepping off a curb.  Give yourself plenty of time.  Be sure that drivers can see you.  Bright clothing may be helpful, particularly reflective apparel at night. Just as motorists are advised to drive defensively, when you are near vehicle traffic, walk defensively.

Denver police officers top motor vehicles for a variety of reasons including:

  • Traffic violation such as speeding, running a red light, expired plates, etc.
  • Occupants suspected of being involved in a crime or witnessing a crime.
  • Vehicle suspected of being used to commit a crime.

How to respond if you're stopped by an officer

  1. Red and blue lights and/or a siren mean pull over to the right where it is safe and where you will not block traffic.
  2. If it is dark the officer will use a bright spotlight or flashlight to illuminate you and your car.
  3. Upon request drivers are required to provide their license, registration, and proof of insurance.
  4. Depending on the circumstances, officers may request identification from passengers as well.
  5. Remain in your vehicle, keep your hands where the officer can see them and follow his/her instructions.
  6. Avoid sudden movements and do not reach for your license or other items until the officer requests them.
  7. It is reasonable and legal for an officer to require that you and your passengers get out of the vehicle, but do not get out until he or she asks.
  8. Ask any passengers in your car to remain calm and comply with the officer's instructions. 

Following too closely is one of the most frequent causes of motor vehicle crashes.  The ability to safely avoid a hazard is sharply reduced when following too closely.  Give yourself more reaction time by increasing the distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

Obey red lights and stop signs. Failure to obey traffic control devices is a very real safety hazard. Broadside crashes are extremely dangerous, all too often resulting in serious injury or even death.  Aside from the obvious safety issue, failing to stop inconveniences other motorists who have the lawful right-of-way, increasing their frustration and impatience.

Speed limits are based on specific engineering concerns, including visibility, road characteristics, and the surrounding environment (business, retail, school zone, industrial, highway, etc.).  Obeying speed limits is an important part of safe driving.


 

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TRAFFIC OPERATIONS
 

Phone: (720) 337-1030

3381 Park Avenue West
Denver, CO 80216

The Traffic Operations Bureau is responsible for on-the-scene investigations of motor vehicle crashes, the safe and efficient movement of vehicle traffic on city streets and highways, and the enforcement of traffic-related city ordinances and state statutes.


Additionally, the Bureau oversees the city's Photo Radar Enforcement Program, Speed Trailer Program, and street closure requests. 

To apply for a special event street closure permit, please visit the Traffic Operations Bureau at the address above Monday through Friday, between 8 am and 4 pm.

TRAFFIC INVESTIGATIONS
 

Phone: (720) 337-1000
The Traffic Investigations Bureau is responsible for investigations of the following:

  • Fatal/serious bodily injuries
  • Hit and run incidents
  • Police pursuits and vehicular eluding 
  • Habitual traffic offenders
  • Criminal impersonation
  • Denver Police vehicle crashes
  •  Denver Fire or Denver Health ambulance crashes
  •  City and County of Denver vehicle crashes
  • Hazardous materials

Auto Body Alerts

Vehicles involved in hit and run incidents are often brought to auto body shops for repairs.  Shop owners who partner with the Denver Police will receive information about suspected vehicles involved in a hit and run incident. Owners are asked to call Traffic Investigations prior to starting work on any vehicles matching the suspect description in their shop.