The Traffic Safety Section is part of the Special Operations Unit and currently has one sergeant, seven officers and one parking control officer assigned. The Traffic Safety Section is responsible for a variety of duties encompassing traffic enforcement, traffic crash investigation and special event planning.
The sergeant supervising the unit works Monday – Friday 7am – 4pm. Of the seven officers assigned to the unit, two are assigned to day shift working 6am -3pm, two are assigned to evening shift working 2:30pm – 11:30pm, two others are assigned to split shifts, one working 10am -7pm and one working 12pm -9pm. In addition, one officer is assigned as a DWI Enforcement officer working 9pm – 3am. The parking control officer works various times during the week.
The main goal of the Traffic Safety Section is to reduce the number of traffic crashes occurring in the city. To this end, officers carry out a number of different functions. Traffic enforcement is the number one tool used to lower crash rates. It is a proven fact that increased enforcement of traffic laws have a direct impact on crash numbers. Officers carry out enforcement activities in high crash areas along with areas which have been identified as having traffic related problems, such as speed.
Officers in the Traffic Safety Section are also trained in traffic crash investigation. Officers attend nearly a month of training, along with other continuous training in order to accurately investigate and reconstruct traffic crashes. Data from these crashes assist the unit in determining areas which need further attention to decrease crash occurrences. Members of the Traffic Safety Section work closely with other agencies, such as MoDot and the city Street Department to recognize and correct deficiencies in road systems in an effort to avert future traffic crashes. If you are involved in an accident and need a copy of the crash report, please contact the Records Unit at 816.969.1715.
Seat Belts Save Lives
The Traffic Section would like to share some vital statistics. Currently the national use for seat belts is 83%. Missouri has only a 76% use, with only 62% of teens buckling up. A driver in a 2007 Missouri traffic crash had a one in 2.3 chance of being injured if they were not wearing their safety belt. However, if they were wearing a safety belt their chances of being injured in the crash were one in 76. Seven out of ten Missourians killed in a motor vehicle crash were not wearing their seat belt. A driver in a 2007 Missouri traffic crash had a one in 32 chance of being killed if they were not wearing a safety belt. However, if they were wearing a safety belt their chances of being killed were one in 1,294.
The Traffic Safety Section is also responsible for planning police involvement in special events around the city, i.e., numerous 5K runs, parades and special events such as Downtown Days which occur throughout the year. The Traffic Safety Section is responsible for assisting in the planning of these events and ensuring they transpire with the utmost safety to those involved and the motoring public.
The Traffic Safety Section also supervises officers that utilize bicycles for designated patrol duties. These officers from throughout the department are trained and equipped to ride bicycles for not only normal patrol duties but special events as well. The Department has 8 fully equipped police mountain bikes that are used extensively to patrol areas such as the downtown area, Summit Fair, and Summit Woods Shopping centers. Additionally they can be seen at community events and festivals.
Inclement Weather Driving Tips
When the weather turns colder there are several things to remember when driving:
- Give your car some time to warm up before driving. Always make sure that all the windows are cleared of frost or ice buildup before driving, not while driving.
- If the pavement is wet give yourself some extra distance between you and the person in front of you. If conditions are slick, double your normal following distance.
- Bridge surfaces will always freeze or ice over before roadways. Prepare for this by slowing before crossing bridges. Avoid braking while crossing bridges if possible.
- If the pavement is wet and the temperature is close to freezing, just before sunrise, the temperature always drops 3 to 5 degrees. That may be just enough for the pavement to ice over.
- In case of break down, always be prepared with an emergency kit. It should contain the following items: jumper cables, flashlight and blanket.
If you have traffic related questions you may contact Sgt. Mike Murray, Sgt. Aaron Evans or Captain Don Frizzell by calling or clicking on their e-mail addresses below:
Sgt. Mike Murray (Special Events, K9 Unit) -- 816.969.1764
Sgt. Aaron Evans (DWI Enforcement / Taxi Inspections) -- 816.969.1765
Captain Don Frizzell -- 816.969.1728
Traffic Unit -- 816.969.1765