The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office remains committed to the safe and efficient movement of traffic on the county’s highways. In any society, traffic enforcement is of the utmost concern. To address these concerns, the Sheriff’s Office operates a 10-person Traffic Unit, which includes a 6-person motorcycle unit.
The Traffic Unit uses a Strategic and Tactical Analysis of Crime and Crashes to help ensure the safety of the motoring public in Douglas County. Deputies assigned to the Traffic Unit complete STACC enforcement on a daily basis, concentrating their efforts in areas that are notorious for high incidents of crashes and dangerous drivers. Traffic enforcement deputies assist with all traffic related matters, thus freeing up road patrol officers and allowing them to apply their time to more immediate patrol duties. All traffic Deputies have specialized training in Accident Investigation and Reconstruction, utilizing state of the art crash scene mapping technology and computer aided drawing systems. Traffic Deputies also conduct DUI enforcement, aggressive driving enforcement, and school zone enforcement.
The Traffic Unit uses the latest in radar and laser speed detection technology, mobile camera equipment, and mobile computers. These tools help officers ensure that our motorists arrive at their destinations safely as well as gather the evidence that they need for successful prosecution of traffic violations.
Last year, Patrol and Traffic Deputies cited over 13,000 violators, with over 40 % of the citations being issued by the 10 Deputies assigned to the Traffic Unit. Nearly 600 drivers were investigated for Driving Under the Influence and over 1,300 accidents were investigated. As society and the motoring public grows, laws affecting road use also change which requires a flexible yet firm approach. The County Ordinances relating to traffic and parking are:
A part of the Sheriff’s Office commitment to the safety of the citizens of Douglas County, traffic enforcement deputies regularly take part in educational programs and other high visibility events. DUI checkpoints, commercial vehicle checkpoints, child restraint clinics, community meetings, and school presentations are a few examples of the educational and high visibility functions of the unit.
Texting and Driving is illegal in Colorado – more importantly it can hurt or even kill someone.
Please watch this video and think about the following:
- Make a commitment to yourself and family to NOT text and drive at all.
- Put your phone in a place you can’t reach it so you won’t be tempted.
- Better yet, turn off your phone when you are driving so that there is no chance of being distracted.
- Do NOT text someone who you know is driving so they won’t be tempted to read a text while driving.