One of the top priorities of the Roseville Police Department is to ensure traffic enforcement serves roadway safety by focusing on driving conduct that contributes to motor vehicle collisions.
Moving violations that create a safety risk for other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians are also the most frequently voiced concerns of residents. Consistently, over 80% of traffic stops in Roseville have been for moving violations each year.
Starting in 2017, the Roseville Police Department began voluntarily collecting data on every traffic stop. On every stop, officers document the perceived race, gender, whether the driver and/or vehicle was searched, the reason for the traffic stop and if a citation or warning was issued. An annual report is published year on this page. The goal of the traffic data collection is to increase transparency and ensure our enforcement is fair and impartial.
We recognize that traffic enforcement based solely on equipment violations disproportionately impacts communities of color and undermines law enforcement’s legitimacy. As a result, in 2021 we released an updated traffic policy to better reflect Roseville’s values and commitment to racial equity. In creating our new policy, we relied on input from our Multicultural Advisory Committee and other diverse voices of our community. Under the policy, absent other factors, the Roseville Police Department will not enforce equipment violations, expired registrations, or other non-moving violations that do not create a public safety concern or a dangerous condition.
In 2022, Roseville Police Department began a pilot program to mail warning letters for minor equipment and non-public safety related violations (e.g. headlight out or expired tabs). When a Roseville Police Officer observes a minor violation, they can initiate a warning letter being mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. In addition to alerting owners of the violation, information is also provided on obtaining a Lights On voucher to fix the equipment violation or information on obtaining financial assistance to renew their tabs. The warning letter pilot program is possible through support from the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, Lights On, Diversion Solutions and the Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation.
The Roseville Police Department welcomes feedback from citizens regarding our traffic policies, as well as any concerns or suggestions about how the police department can improve overall service to the community.