The Leon County Sheriff's Office Traffic Enforcement Unit is part of the Special Operations Section and is comprised of one lieutenant, one sergeant, and nine deputies. One of the deputy’s is assigned to the position of Wrecker Administrator.
The Traffic Unit is equipped with marked patrol vehicles and eight Harley Davidson motorcycles. All six primary members of the unit are Law Enforcement Motorcycle Rider certified as well as the supervisor.
The Traffic Unit has the most advanced Radar and Laser speed detection tools. Members of the unit are responsible for looking for aggressive drivers and speeders on the roadways of Leon County and in the City of Tallahassee.
The unit currently fields three stationary radar speed trailers used to monitor and control speed in the city and county. The unit regularly utilizes message boards to deliver specific messages regarding safety information and campaigns.
The Traffic Unit is responsible for conducting Traffic Homicide Investigations and performing follow up investigations on hit and run crashes. Each deputy receives extensive training in vehicular homicide investigation. Their responsibilities include on-scene investigation, reconstruction, and other post crash investigations which could lead to the suspects involved in automobile collisions which resulted in serious injury or death. Incidents result in an array of charges from simple traffic violations to first degree murder charges. They have a THI truck equipped with the latest Laser Mapping system and Photogrammetry equipment. All this helps produce the most accurate maps of crash scenes and assists in the reconstruction of crashes.
Each member of the Traffic Unit receives training in DUI enforcement. Members of the unit work DUI saturation patrols, stationary road blocks (DUI Checkpoints), and roving patrols. The Traffic Unit works in conjunction with other agencies to perform checkpoints and saturation patrols. These operations are aimed at detecting and deterring impaired drivers.
The Motor Unit
is responsible for speed enforcement and other traffic related duties. They are utilized in special details to educate the public and help emphasize traffic safety issues. The Motor Unit trains monthly to maintain their skills and even competes in motorcycle rodeos such at the Capital City Challenge to show off their skills and help raise money for charity. Visit http://www.capitalcitychallenge.org
for information on the Capital City Challenge.
The Leon County Sheriff's Office Wrecker Administrator conducts periodic and annual inspections of towing companies that perform rotation, trespass and roam towing in the unincorporated areas of Leon County. The Wrecker Administrator conducts investigations of alleged violations of the Leon County Municipal Ordinance and Florida laws governing towing. If a vehicle owner believes that a provision of Florida law or the county ordinance has been violated in a towing situation, they may file a complaint with Leon County Wrecker Administrator in person, via email or by calling (850) 414-2866.
The overall efforts of the Traffic Unit act to increase voluntary traffic law compliance and to decrease and prevent vehicular crashes.