Traffic Safety Unit
The Creve Coeur Police Department Traffic Safety Unit is committed to making your community roadways safer. The main functions of the Traffic Safety Unit is to educate, enforce and engineer. The unit supports Patrol Operations and is responsible for addressing traffic related problems, complaints and investigating serious injury or fatal traffic crashes. The Traffic Safety Unit operates within the Patrol Division with a Traffic Safety Officer assigned to each Patrol squad.
Best Principles of Highway Safety
Engineering: The Traffic Safety Unit works with city, county and state traffic engineers to perform sight distance surveys, traffic counts and compile data about traffic related issues to assist with roadway design and modification. The Police Department works with these traffic engineers enhance traffic flow and safety on the roadways.
Education: Members of the Police Department attempt to educate the public through the media, presentations, safety events, face to face encounters and enforcement efforts. The Police Department also places the RADAR speed trailer on roadways to educate motorists of their speed.
Enforcement: Efforts consist of officer presence in high-incidence areas, traffic stops, sobriety checkpoints and photo enforcement (red light cameras). Enforcement does not necessarily mean issuing summons. Enforcement occurs when officers issue warnings, speak to motorists and when they are simply present in a marked patrol unit.
Emergency Medical Response: Response in Creve Coeur is enhanced by roadway design, Mobile InfraRed Transmitter (MIRT) technology and motorists yielding to emergency vehicles. The roads in Creve Coeur are designed with the proper width and shoulder area to help motorists pull to the right and yield to emergency vehicle traffic. Furthermore, traffic signals in Creve Coeur are equipped with MIRT technology. Fire apparatus are equipped with a device that changes the traffic signal to "green" as the apparatus approaches. Upon passing through the intersection, the traffic signal cycles normally.