is a leading cause of crashes and is the number one complaint the BPD Traffic Unit receives. According to a US Department of Justice (DOJ) study, drivers make calculated decisions to speed. Police have the means to alter these calculations.
While visible enforcement is valuable, the DOJ also recommends that drivers should not be able to easily detect when and where speed enforcement is occurring. For this reason, regular patrol officers do enforce traffic laws using their highly visible black-and-whites, but the Traffic Unit uses less conspicuous cruisers. We are trying to alter the decision that drivers make when they decide to speed.
For our new traffic cruisers we obtained Dodge Chargers, since they look different from all the Fords in our cruiser fleet. They are distinctively marked as police cars and have flashing lights on their roofs, so they comply with Ohio law for a traffic enforcement car, but they are different from our black-and-white fleet and should help us in accomplishing our goals.
By the way, the DOJ study specifies the following responses to speeding as having limited effectiveness: reducing speed limits, increasing fines, erecting stop signs, and installing speed bumps.
Distracted driving, from using cell phones, especially texting, while driving, is becoming a major concern to traffic safety experts. Please view a video about the dangers here. Warning: this video contains disturbing content and is not for younger children. Drivers are reminded that Brunswick City Ordinance 432.34 states, “No person shall operate a vehicle without giving his full time and attention to the operation of such vehicle.”