MPD FAQ's Traffic and Vehicles

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Traffic and Vehicle Related Questions

Q: How can I contest a traffic citation?
A:
A person who receives a traffic citation may contest it by going to the court he/she is cited to (listed on the citation) and posting bail (paying the amount of the citation). After the person has posted bail, the court clerk will assign a court date. On the specified date, the person will be able to plead his/her case before a judge or magistrate and question the officer. If the judge or magistrate rules in the person’s favor, the bail they posted will be refunded. Additional information can be obtained by calling the 52-1 District Court at (248) 305-6511.

Q: I lost my traffic citation. What do I do now?
A: If you lost your traffic citation, you need to contact the court for information to resolve your ticket.  52-1 District Court traffic division can be reached at (248) 305-6511 or by visiting their website: http://www.oakgov.com/courts/dc52div1/Pages/traffic/default.aspx

Q: I have a question regarding my traffic citation. Who do I ask?
A: If you have any questions regarding your traffic citation, you need to contact the 52-1 District Court.  The Milford Police Department is not authorized to supply information regarding the disposition or future outcome of any citation.

Q: How can I contest a parking violation?
A: A person who receives a parking citation may contest it by going to the court he/she is cited to (listed on the citation) and posting bail (paying the amount of the citation). After the person has posted bail, the court clerk will assign a court date. On the specified date, the person will be able to plead his/her case before a judge or magistrate and question the officer. If the judge or magistrate rules in the person’s favor, the bail they posted will be refunded. Additional information can be obtained by calling the 52-1 District Court at (248) 305-6511.

Q: I lost my parking violation. What do I do now?
A: If you lost your local ordinance parking citation, you need to contact the Milford Village ordinance department at (248) 684-1515.

Q: How can I get my vehicle out of impound?
A: If a vehicle has been impounded, you need to contact the tow service to make arraignments for payment for any tow service and storage fees.  If a hold was placed on the vehicle for an ongoing investigation, the hold must be first released by the arresting officer or the investigations division.  The tow company will inform you if the vehicle is unable to be released due to a hold.

Q: How can I find out if my vehicle has been towed?
A: If a vehicle has been towed by the Milford Police Department, a record will be kept.  To find out the tow service and current location of the vehicle contact the Milford Police Department at (248) 684-1815.

Q: How can I report an abandoned vehicle?
A: A person may call the Milford Police Department at (248) 684-1815 to report an abandoned vehicle. An officer will be dispatched and issue a 48 hour sticker to the vehicle.  The officer will attempt to notify the registered owner of the vehicle.  The officer will return after a 48-hour period. If the vehicle has not been moved, the officer will impound the vehicle.

Q: What can be done about illegally parked vehicles, such as those blocking a driveway?
A: A person my call the Milford Police Department and an officer will be dispatched. If the person who reported the illegally parked vehicle lives at the location, goes out to meet the officer, and explains to them that he or she lives at the location and cannot leave the driveway due to its being blocked, the officer can impound the vehicle.

Q: What should I do if I've been involved in a traffic accident?
A: A person should first ensure that no one is injured. If no one is injured, all parties (drivers) should exchange information: driver’s license numbers (if in possession, or known), vehicle license numbers, names, addresses, and phone numbers of all drivers (passengers if possible), and the names of the insurance companies of the drivers involved. The involved persons should also write down the location where the traffic collision occurred (utilizing cross street names or addresses and street names), and the time it occurred.

Q: What are the reporting requirements if I've been involved in a traffic accident?
A:
A traffic collision report will be taken by the Milford Police Department when one of the following reporting criteria is met:

  • A person involved in the traffic collision has been injured (complaining of pain is considered an injury) or dies.
  • One of the drivers is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • One of the drivers has fled the location without stopping to exchange information or check on the welfare of the other parties involved.
  • Public or private property is damaged.
  • Cost to repair damage to a motor vehicle is $1000 or more.
Q: How can I make a traffic accident report?
A: A traffic accident report may be reported to the Milford Police Department by calling 911 or (248) 684-1815.  A private property report may also be reported in person at the Milford Police Department if no person is injured located at 1100 Atlantic Street.