Traffic and Enforcement are specialized units within the Community Affairs Division. Supervisors and Officers assigned to Traffic receive lengthy training in accident reconstruction and investigation. These officers respond to and investigate all fatal and serious injury accidents in the city. They also conduct follow-up investigations into hit-and-run accidents.
Officers assigned to Enforcement are responsible for specialized motor vehicle enforcement throughout the city. Enforcement officers often patrol on motorcycles and are responsible for conducting speed surveys to help determine the best times to direct enforcement in targeted areas.
Traffic Supervisors work with many outside organizations and agencies to set up traffic routes and security for all major events in Manchester. These events include but are not limited to parades, road races, and concerts, presidential and other VIP visits. Traffic Supervisors organize approximately 75 of these events annually.
Car Seat Safety Checks
The Manchester Police Department will now provide car seat safety inspections to the public. Car seat safety inspection appointments can be made by calling the Manchester Police Department at 603-668-8711 and leaving a message with the Car Seat Technicians' voicemail at Mailbox #3200.
The Manchester Police Traffic Unit has the following responsibilities:
- Investigation of all fatal, serious personal injury, and hit-and-run accidents
- Investigation of all accidents involving City vehicles with personal injury or serious property damage
- Accident investigation follow-up
- Enforcement of motor vehicle laws
- The operation of speed measuring devices (radar), breath test equipment (Intoxilizer), traffic counting devices
- Traffic Safety Education programs
Frequently Asked Questions
When do I have to report an accident to the Police?
According to N.H. RSA 264:25, Reporting Requirements: In New Hampshire, any Motor Vehicle Accident causing death, personal injury, or combined damage above $1,000 must be reported in writing to the Division of Motor Vehicles within 15 days.
This can be accomplished by calling the Police to the scene so that they can file a report. If the police file a report this meets the above requirement, you, as the driver, are not required to notify the Division of Motor Vehicles.
An alternative to calling the Police is to obtain a State of New Hampshire Motor Vehicle Accident Report form, complete it yourself, and mail it to the State. These forms are available at the Manchester Police Department and the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
How do I get a copy of my accident report?
You have to come to the Manchester Police Department Records Unit window M-F from 7:30-4:30. Per City Ordinance, the first page (both sides) will cost you $10, and each additional page will cost $1.
I was in an accident and need the other person's insurance company. How do I get this information?
If a police report was made and the other person has insurance, that information should be noted on the accident report. We will give you this information if you are the driver and/or owner of one of the vehicles involved in the accident.
I need my accident report case number for my insurance company. Can I get this?
Yes. Give us a call, and with your name and the date/location of the accident, we should be able to get this information for you.