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Traffic Control Training. Instructor: Sgt. Don Silverek Sonoma County Junior College District Police Department 2009. Class Learning Goals. Safety First, Second and Always… Perspectives Hands, Tools and Gear Safety Vehicle Placement Conduct Field Exercise. Perspectives.

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traffic control training

Traffic Control Training

Instructor: Sgt. Don Silverek

Sonoma County Junior College District

Police Department


class learning goals
Class Learning Goals
  • Safety First, Second and Always…
  • Perspectives
  • Hands, Tools and Gear
  • Safety Vehicle Placement
  • Conduct Field Exercise

“It’s more important for police to answer emergency calls than direct traffic.”

Carol Hunt – Charlottesville CERT Team


“There is nothing that shows the skill, finesse, and understanding of human nature like standing in the middle of the road conducting lanes of traffic like a symphony orchestra.”

Dr. Joel F. Shults, Chief,

Adams State College

Police Department


A CERT member may be called upon to control or manage traffic when no other public safety agency is available

Staying alert to your surroundings is the key to staying alive…

hands tools and gear
Hands, Tools and Gear
  • In a traffic control situation, you may use:
      • hand signals,
      • whistles,
      • voice commands,
      • flashlights, flares,
      • cones, barricades or signs,
      • or even a vehicle as safety buffer.
hand signals
Hand Signals
  • Art of the hand signal

Make eye contact with the driver

Give only one direction at a time.

take a break
Take a break

Next topic

in ten minutes…

the whistle
The Whistle

Who keeps a whistle in their CERT gear?

Who needs a whistle

for today’s exercise?

  • Whistle use defined:
    • One long blast with “stop”hand signal
    • Two short blasts with the “start”hand signal
    • Several short blasts to get the

“attention”of a driver

    • A short, intermittent blast to

“keep the traffic moving”

voice commands
Voice Commands

Effective or Antagonizing?

voice commands22
Voice Commands
  • Voice is seldom heard in traffic
  • Hand gestures and the whistle are most efficient
  • Shouted orders may antagonize a driver
  • When a driver or pedestrian does not

understand, you should move

closer to the person, and politely

explain the command


Flashlights come in all sizes and types…




Swing the flashlight at arm’s length across the path of the approaching vehicle

Allow flashlight beam to wash across the pavement as an elongated moving spot that can be seen by driver

  • Don’t stand directly in front of approaching vehicle
  • Avoid blinding the driver with flashlight beam
  • Use a traffic cone to enhance safety

Have you ever lit a road flare?

  • Flares can be used to warn oncoming traffic in situations where hazards are:
  • On Shoulder Or Side Of Road
  • In A Traffic Lane

Night Or Day


Various burn times:

15 min 20 min 30 min 45 min 60 min

Flare burn pattern on road way


• Around flammable substance spills such as gas, oil, etc

• In hazardous environmental conditions such dry grassy fields and/or high winds

• Do not lay against traffic dots or on top of painted lane markings



Oop’s – flare rolls off road to dry grass…

traffic cones flares key how do devices appear to approaching motorists
TRAFFIC CONES/FLARESKEY: How do devices appear to approaching motorists ?

Serve as long range channeling devices

When clearing of roadway is not immediate

As soon as injuries are assessed and medical assistance is summoned

Evenly spaced distances

Convey message to drivers-which direction they are expected to go

amber warning lights
Amber Warning Lights

Typical example of amber lights on rear deck of car or truck

position of vehicles

In this position the safety vehicle serves as a shield to protect against drivers who are not alert

Impact noise with safety vehicle would warn of impending danger

safety vests
Safety Vests
  • • Effective Nov 24, 2008
    • Federal Highway Administration 23 CRR Part 634 Worker Visibility Rule
  • • Class 2 Vest:
    • Med visibility on roads with 25 to 50 mph traffic
  • • Class 3 Vest:
    • High visibility on roads with speeds over 50 mph plus drivers must be able to see full range of body motions from a minimum distance of 1,280 feet.
class exercise
Class Exercise
  • Part One (in classroom)
    • Each person will demonstrate the hand signals for:
      • Stop
      • Forward
      • Right Turn
      • Left Turn
  • Part Two (in parking lot)
    • Each Person will demonstrate using hand signals / whistles
      • Stop, Forward, Right Turn & Left Turns
      • Right Turn across a traffic lane
      • Left Turn across a traffic lane
      • Placing a car in a hold position to not block single lane
exercise tips
Exercise Tips
  • Use the whistle – it works!
  • Always look around for approaching traffic
  • Move the biggest group of cars first
  • Stop all cars prior to switching
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Traffic Control Training

Instructor: Sgt. Don Silverek


Course Design: Sgt. David Willat

Thank you for attention and participation

Sonoma County Junior College District

Police Department