Traffic Unit

Staff


The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office's Traffic Unit is comprised of six full-time officers and one part-time officer. All full-time officers have had numerous years of general law enforcement experience prior to transferring to the Traffic Unit. 

To be assigned to this division, officers have displayed an interest in traffic enforcement and accident investigation. Upon assignment, the officers receive further education in the field of accident investigation.

Training


Traffic deputies receive training in basic accident investigation, including scale mapping of scenes and basic mathematics for use in speed computation based on skid and damage data. The Traffic Unit also receives further training in traffic accident reconstruction, certification as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing instructors, and training as Police Traffic Radar instructors.

Equipment


Three fully marked cars, one unmarked car, and two semi-marked cars are assigned to the Traffic Unit.  All units are outfitted with state-of-the-art radar units that can be utilized either in stationary or patrol modes.

Additionally, the unit has two radar trailers that can be placed alongside the road in areas where speeding complaints are prevalent.  The radar trailers are set up in an effort to allow persons traveling the area to be aware of the speed limits and the fact that they may be in violation.

Responsibilities


Traffic's six full-time deputies are responsible for enforcing traffic laws and investigating accidents that occur on all parish roadways and, when a trooper is not available, on state roads. They also assist with state road accidents when delays in clearing the roadway would cause undue traffic problems. On-call 24 hours a day, the division is called upon to handle all fatalities on parish roads and, again, if a state unit is not available, state roads.

Traffic deputies also participate in public safety awareness programs and also conduct school zone traffic throughout the school year.

Funeral Escorts


The unit's one part-time deputy is responsible for handling funeral escorts within St. Charles Parish. All funeral escorts within the parish are provided free of charge. Requests should be made at least 24 hours prior via this online form.