The Creve Coeur Police Department Traffic Safety Unit is committed to
making your community roadways safer. The main functions of the Traffic Safety Unit are education, enforcement, and engineering. The unit supports Patrol Operations and is responsible for addressing traffic related problems, complaints and investigating serious injury or fatal traffic crashes.
Best Principles of Highway Safety
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
The Department has issued more than 10,200 traffic citations in the past
12 months. While many have the notion that most citations issued by
police are for speeding, less than 30% of the citations issued by Creve
Coeur Police are for speeding violations. Officers target specific areas
and violations based upon traffic volume, citizen complaints, traffic
surveys and Missouri Division of Highway Safety enforcement initiatives.
The Department responded to over 1,400 traffic collisions involving
nearly 3,200 vehicles in the last 12 months. In those collisions over
350 people were injured and one person was killed. The primary cause of
traffic collisions continues to be drivers inattention, followed by
following too closely and failing to yield the right of way. While all
officers investigate traffic collisions, the traffic safety officers
are state certified accident re-constructionists and are among 40
regional officers called out to reconstruct fatal or serious traffic
collisions in the St. Louis area.