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The Traffic Section is comprised of a number of officers who are specifically trained in a variety of fields. Whether on land or on water, their mission is to deter accidents and through enforcement, reduce the number of crashes that result in injury or death.
The Traffic lieutenant is responsible for the training and distribution of any traffic law or procedure updates, coordinates various traffic-related grants, regularly meets with city, county and state officials on a variety of traffic-related issues, and serves as the facilitator for the city’s Traffic Safety Committee.
The Crash Investigation Unit is comprised of four traffic homicide investigators, one sworn hit and run investigator and one civilian hit and run investigator. All sworn members of this unit are certified traffic accident reconstructionists. They are responsible for the investigation of all traffic fatalities within the City of St. Petersburg.
The Selective Enforcement Unit is comprised of two officers. They utilize a variety of methods in order to gain voluntary compliance with the state’s traffic laws. Whether on motorcycle, unmarked police cruiser or undercover vehicle, they are deployed to locations throughout the city where crash data indicates that traffic violations are likely to occur. They attempt to deter crashes through enforcement and reduce the number of crashes that result in injury or death. They have participated in "Click It or Ticket," to increase compliance with seatbelt laws and "Operation Red Light Running," to specifically target drivers who run red lights.
The D.U.I. Unit is made up of one sergeant and six officers. The D.U.I. Unit functions as a collective effort to both prevent and apprehend impaired drivers. This is accomplished by conducting and participating in D.U.I. Checkpoints, D.U.I. Wolfpacks, Beer Buy Operations, as well as routine pro-active patrol. They also maintain the Department’s Breathalyzer instruments and Mobile Breathalyzer Unit.
The Marine Unit is comprised of two sworn marine officers who are responsible for monitoring activities and enforcing laws on the 142 miles of coastline surrounding the city. The Marine Unit is also responsible for investigating incidents of impaired operators on the waterways and act as a liaison to other local and government agencies.