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The 'H.E.A.T.' is On

Dorchester County Sheriff's Office acquires new vehicles to help with traffic.

Don't let the purr of its powerful engine and sleek exterior fool you: this is a vehicle built to deter speeders, not be a speeder.

Dorchester County Sheriff's Office recently acquired two Dodge Chargers as part of a grant to help prevent speeding and other traffic violations. The vehicles should be on the streets soon.

The vehicles are emblazoned with "H.E.A.T.," which according to one officer means, "Better slow down or I'll write you a ticket." It really means Highway Enforcement Aggressive Traffic, according to the sheriff's office.

Lt. Charles Frederick is the supervisor in charge of the traffic division with the sheriff's office.

According to Frederick, the vehicles will help prevent traffic issues around the county by being present at stop signs and lights, and in areas where there are high chances of traffic problems.

"Anything dealing with preventing accidents," Frederick said.

The S.C. Traffic Grant, originally awarded in October, paid for the vehicles and two officers. The sheriff's office will need to reapply every year for the grant. 

So far, the traffic division here has had success by reducing traffic collisions by three percent.

Frederick said there is a common thread among collisions.

"One of the biggest things in traffic accidents is inattention," he said. "Be aware of your surroundings."

The traffic division is new, and has only been in existence since 2009. Sheriff L.C. Knight said he was making good on a campaign promise. The sheriff is in a primary battle now for reelection. 

billy james April 11, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Crime is increasing rapidly in Summerville and THIS is what they concern themselves with? How about use those new patrol cars to patrol neighborhoods in the fight against crime rather than sitting behind a tree and giving WORKING people traffic tickets!!! Morons!
Lindsay Street April 11, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Billy, the vehicles were purchased with grant money that is specifically geared toward traffic control. In other words, the terms of the grant are that the vehicles are used for traffic.
SDR April 12, 2012 at 12:02 AM
look for all the red clothing thats on the streets. http://chasthuglife.blogspot.com/
SDR April 12, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Bread and circuses.
littlesparrow April 12, 2012 at 01:05 PM
i live in summerville and everywhere i look there are patrol cars... not a day goes by where at least one or two doesn't go thru my neighborhood.... i feel very safe in summerville... as opposed to 10 years in north charleston where it became protect your own stuff and family cause nobody else was going to...
stanley seigler April 12, 2012 at 02:52 PM
@Lindsay Street: "...the terms of the grant are that the vehicles are used for traffic." if this is a federal grant...how come sville politicians accepted it...thought most legislators, administrators, wanted to get government out of their lives...didn't want restriction on fed money. shouldn't they have remained true to their principles...like Zais...ie; "South Carolina Superintendent of Education Mick Zais’ refusal to apply for more than $144 million in federal stimulus money earmarked for teachers means significant losses in revenue for local school districts." "Each state has a Governor’s Highway Safety Office that oversees safety programs and distributes federal grant money..." if these were not fed grants...then forget the above.

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