The Community Traffic Enforcement Section utilizes traffic enforcement resources to not only address traffic related concerns throughout the city, but also is effectively used in conjunction with other policing efforts to address ongoing crime trends and concerns in specific areas of the city. Strict enforcement is used in correlation with positive community contacts, such as traffic safety presentations, to help reduce the number of deaths, injuries, and crashes as well as the occurrences of serious traffic offenses occurring within the jurisdiction.
The officers assigned to the additional duties are responsible for handling the majority of the traffic crashes and other traffic related concerns that occur within the Town of River Bend. The officers assigned to this unit are specially trained in the advanced investigation and reconstruction of major traffic crashes (those resulting in fatal or serious injuries likely to result in death) and they use these skills on nearly all major traffic crashes that happen in city.
In addition to their advanced crash investigation skills, the officers assigned to the S.T.E.P. Unit have advanced training in the many different traffic enforcement and traffic investigation areas that include:
- Detection of Impaired Drivers and Field Sobriety Testing
- Highway Drug Interdiction
The Traffic Section bases its focus on the "3Es": education, enforcement and engineering. Traffic officers are available to educate citizens on proper seatbelt and child safety seat installation, and to review or explain North Carolina traffic laws at community watch meetings or other public gatherings. National traffic research has shown the two main causes of crashes to be speed and inattentiveness. To reduce crashes, the Traffic Unit focuses enforcement efforts in areas of frequent crashes and traffic related complaints of speeding and unsafe driving.