TCO Flashcards

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What is a traffic control officer?

TCO: Are civilian personnel of law enforcement agencies. Traffic control officers direct vehicle and pedestrian traffic under the supervision of a sworn law enforcement officer


A traffic control officer employed pursuant to this subsection may:

Direct traffic or operate a traffic control device only at a fixed location and only upon the direction of a fully qualified law enforcement officer. However it is not necessary that the traffic control officers duties be performed under the immediate supervision of a fully qualified law enforcement officer


What are the qualifications of a traffic control officer?

The candidate for traffic control officer must pass the hiring requirements by the employing agency. The candidate must also successfully complete an eight hour knowledge based course and demonstrate proficiency in directing traffic


What is the responsibility of a traffic control officer?

Traffic control officers are assigned to safely direct vehicular or pedestrian traffic at the location of an event or activity that disrupts traffic control, until normal conditions are restored.


Traffic control officers are not authorized to:

  • Carry a firearm or any other weapon
  • Write any citations
  • Make any arrest
  • conduct any investigations


What are traffic control devices?

Signs, signals, rolled markings, and other devices authorized by local or state officials for the purpose of warning or regulating traffic


Roadway signs may be:

Regulatory, advisory, or cautionary and are identified by distinct colors such as white, red, yellow, or green.


Black and white signs are:

Regulatory, such as speed limit in school zones.


Red always:

Indicates stop


Yellow signals caution such as:

Yield or road conditions


Green signs contain:

Information about directions and distances


Road markings can be any:

Lines, symbols, or words painted on the roadway to regulate traffic flow and direct drivers


What are the main objectives of traffic direction and control?

  1. Increase safety
  2. increase traffic flow
  3. divert traffic flow


What are some methods for controlling traffic?

  1. Deployment of traffic control devices
  2. direction by an officer
  3. manual control of traffic signals following agency policies and procedures


When is traffic direction and control applicable?

  1. Rush hours
  2. traffic light failures
  3. vehicle crashes
  4. special events
  5. major disasters
  6. missing or absent traffic control devices
  7. funeral processions or dignitary motorcade
  8. Cooperation with other public service agencies


Evaluate a traffic situation before intervening to direct traffic:

  1. Determine if intervention is necessary
  2. consider the safety of the officer and the public
  3. maintain traffic flow or divert traffic


What are some factors that should be considered when planning to direct traffic?

  1. Determine how to improve the traffic situation before entering the roadway
  2. Assess whether additional officers and/or resources are needed
  3. Decide where to stand in the roadway


What safety precautions should an officer follow when directing traffic?

  1. Always check safety measures; be alert and ready to move out of the way of a vehicle.
  2. Never move without making sure it is safe
  3. Never permit vehicles for pedestrians to start from a stop position until approaching traffic is stopped.


A traffic control officer is safer when:

Motorist can easily view the traffic control officer in when the officer has sufficient room to move to safety


What are the appropriate procedures when an emergency vehicle is approaching an intersection where an officer is directing traffic?

  1. Stop traffic in all directions
  2. Clear a path for the emergency vehicle if needed
  3. Waive the emergency vehicle through the intersection
  4. Communicate with the supervisor when circumstances are beyond the duties of a traffic control officer


What are the procedures to follow if you use voice commands?

  1. Move reasonably close to the pedestrian or driver
  2. Be polite and brief
  3. Address as Miss, ma’am, or sir
  4. Do not lose your temper


What are the procedures to follow when assisting pedestrians across the street?

  1. Be firm, but polite
  2. Direct them verbally
  3. Do not permit crossing until it is safe
  4. Take extra caution with children, the elderly, or persons with disabilities


What are the various whistle signals to get the attention of a driver or a pedestrian?

  1. One long blast for the vehicle to stop
  2. Two short blasts for the vehicle to go
  3. Several short blasts to get the attention of a driver or pedestrian who does not respond to a hand signal