FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 5, 2014
CONTACT: Sergeant David Sampson
Watertown Police Department
Introduces New Low Profile Police Cruiser to Reduce Distracted and
Watertown – In an effort to reduce distracted and aggressive driving, the Watertown Police Department Traffic Division will begin using a lower profile police cruiser. Unlike the traditional black and white cruiser that has prominent police decals, the new cruiser has solid black paint and subdued police decals.
Although the vehicle has all of the same decals as a traditional traffic car, the subtlety of the new decals make them hardly noticeable during the day. At nighttime, the graphics become clearly visible when light shines on them.
The department continues to receive regular complaints of motorists speeding, running red lights, and not stopping for pedestrians. Also, more people are using their smart phones to text, email, and access the internet while driving. The ability to blend into traffic is extremely helpful when trying to identify these distracted and aggressive drivers.
The Department was very careful to ensure that there were enough markings and indicators on the cruiser to clearly identify the car as a law enforcement vehicle. The cruiser will have no problem blending in with regular traffic, but there is no mistaking that it is a police car. It is a priority of the Watertown Police Department that the public recognizes this vehicle as a legitimate police vehicle.