218 E Franklin Street Monroe, NC 28112 (704)282-4700

Traffic Unit

Traffic Unit

Lt. David Morton

The officers of the Traffic Unit are primarily responsible for enforcing North Carolina Vehicle Code statutes, enforcement of local traffic ordinances, and investigation of vehicle collisions. The purpose of the traffic unit is to create safer roadways for motorist, cyclists and pedestrians. This is accomplished through enforcing traffic laws, and educating citizens. The traffic officers respond to community complaints regarding traffic safety issues and provide dedicated enforcement at high collision intersections.In addition to patrol enforcement, Traffic Unit Officers address traffic problem solving with a speed trailer. The trailer monitors areas to evaluate the need for additional traffic enforcement or saturation efforts.


The “Booze It & Lose It” campaign zeros in on drunken drivers with innovative and extensive anti-driving while impaired (DWI) enforcement and education. Sobriety checkpoints are continually set up in all North Carolina counties as part of the state’s highly effective anti-drunk driving campaign.

Law officers use six mobile breath-alcohol testing units, better known as BATMobiles, to increase the efficiency of on-site DWI processing. Each BATMobile is equipped with workstations for Intoxilyzer 5000 breath test instruments, cellular telephones, computers, officers’ workstations, magistrates’ work area, lavatory, DWI checkpoint signs, traffic cones, traffic vests, search batons, screening tests devices and all other necessary equipment and supplies for processing DWI suspects.


In North Carolina and across America, millions of deaths and injuries are caused because people don’t use safety belts and child passenger safety seats. Research shows that appeals to “do the right thing” don’t work for the people who don’t use belts. What gets them to buckle up is high visibility enforcement. That means checkpoints and traffic tickets for drivers not using belts.

North Carolina’s “Click It or Ticket” program began in 1993 to increase seat belt and child safety use rates through stepped-up enforcement of the state’s seat belt law. Nearly every law enforcement agency in the state participates in “Click It or Ticket,” one of the most intensive law enforcement efforts of its kind.

North Carolina’s “Click It or Ticket” program is so successful that it serves as a model for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). States throughout the country conduct “Click It or Ticket” campaigns, increasing awareness of seat belt safety daily.

Child Safety Seat Check

NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program