Traffic Enforcement


Valuable Tips for a Safe Driving Experience in Carmel-by-the-Sea

The primary purpose of traffic enforcement is to ensure the safety of others. Traffic enforcement is a priority due to the narrow streets, abundant pedestrians, and high volumes of traffic relating to tourism in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Our goal is to use education and enforcement as a means to reduce traffic collisions. We accomplish this through a variety of methods and personnel. In the course of patrolling the streets, officers are on the watch for unsafe driving, especially speeding and stop sign violations, which are often associated as causes of traffic collisions. The police department also assigns one or more officers to motorcycle patrol. The motorcycle officer focuses enforcement efforts where traffic accidents occur and/or on streets where citizens report a problem. 

We strongly encourage all motorists to drive CAREFULLY AND SLOWLY on the streets of Carmel. In many cases it is prudent to drive slower than 25 miles per hour due to narrow or winding streets. The beauty of our village makes it appealing to walk and every day there are people (often accompanied by a canine!), walking on a road that has to be shared between pedestrians and cars. Many streets are narrow or have reduced width due to cars parking on the both sides of the street. Some streets wind around trees or other landscaped islands. There are no street lights on most streets, so be extremely cautious and extra observant at night. Most intersections are controlled with posted stop signs and sometimes sight distance is limited. Uncontrolled intersections, with no stop signs, are to be approached at 15 miles per hour or less.

All Carmel police officers are trained in the use of RADAR to track vehicles that travel over the speed limit. The RADAR is an effective tool in the hands of a trained officer and is used to slow traffic and reduce speed related collisions. Additionally, the Carmel-by-the-Sea Police Department has a “Mobile Traffic Monitor” which displays a vehicle’s speed as it approaches the monitor. This monitor is mounted on a marked police vehicle and further enhances high visibility enforcement. Officers will respond to the community about stop sign violators and set up “saturation” patrols at these intersections. If you would like to discuss a traffic related problem in your neighborhood, you can contact the department at (831) 624-6403.

Carmel Police Department
SE Corner of Junipero and 4th
P.O. Box 600
Carmel, CA 93921
Phone: (831) 624-6403
Fax: (831) 624-4296