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Florence County Sheriff’s Office reports traffic safety unit statistics for April

May 10, 2018 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. -- Members of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office’s Traffid Safety Unit in April made 913 “total contacts” with the public and in those contacts issued 891 traffic citations.

“Members of the (sheriff’s office’s) traffic safety unit focus their enforcement efforts on roadways that have a high number of collisions and traffic deaths. Team members also concentrate on the primary traffic violations that lead to traffic deaths such as speeding, DUI, and seatbelt violations,” Maj. Mike Nunn wrote in a release on the unit’s operations.

Members of the traffic safety unit whose positions are paid for by grants have received specialized vehicles and equipment, and their salaries are paid for by grant funds for the next three years, according to the release.

Among the unit’s highlights for April:

Members participated in a Statewide crackdown of US 378; Traffic Safety Units along with three Florence County Sheriff’s Office reserve deputies conducted focused enforcement of US 378 from 7 a.m April 27 through 2 a.m. April 28. A total of 420 traffic contacts were issued during the course of the operation.Traffic safety unit deputies responded to assist the South Carolina Highway Patrol in a vehicle pursuit after the suspect vehicle struck a tree. Troopers arrested the suspect on several traffic charges and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.Traffic safety unit deputies and members of the narcotics division responded to Alligator Road for the report of a large party. Deputies contacted a suspect vehicle and while speaking with the driver it was discovered that there was marijuana in the vehicle. The marijuana was located and the suspect was charged with simple possession of marijuana.Traffic safety unit deputies responded to Pamplico to assist the Pamplico Police Department which had been involved in a vehicle pursuit. The suspect vehicle had left the roadway during the pursuit and struck power pole, knocking out power to the town of Pamplico. Deputies conducted a search of the area for the driver of the suspect vehicle but were unable to locate the suspect. A passenger in the suspect vehicle was transported to a local hospital for treatment. South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers investigated the collision.