Summerville is experiencing phenomenal growth from 22,000 in 1995 to over 46,000 in 2014, with over 3500 additional housing units proposed for the next five years. The corresponding traffic increase on our roadways combined with increased traffic collisions presents many challenges for our Traffic Unit. In the past 10 years, only 3 homicides occurred in our jurisdiction, but we had 15 traffic related fatalities. Traffic officers concentrate on enforcement in high traffic areas, in areas where traffic complaints are received as well as in identified locations where collisions occur. They accomplish this by speed enforcement, videotaping intersections, patrolling for aggressive drivers, and other various enforcement initiatives. A primary goal for this unit is the efficient and effective movement of traffic on our roadways
Traffic division officers utilize unmarked and semi-marked patrol vehicles. In additon to the patrol vehicles, Sgt. Gregory and Cpl. Diehl utilize Harley Davidson Police Motorcycles. The vehicles are equipped with state of the art devices to enhance their enforcement efforts. The cars are equipped with in-car camera systems to record traffic stops, crash investigations and other public contacts.
The team utilizes Ka-band Radars and Kustom Prolaser III LIDAR (laser) units. They also utilize two SMART Trailers (Speed Display Trailers) which can be placed into neighborhoods to show drivers their speeds and illustrate to a neighborhood whether they in fact have a traffic problem. The trailers are equipped with computers to record the speeds and times the speeds are registered. A StealthStat is also used to determine the location and times of speed problems. Roughly the size of a suitcase, StealthStat is designed to be securely mounted (and locked) on a street pole where it gathers information regarding the speed and times of day of passing vehicles.