H.E.A.T. Traffic Unit
Ptl. T. Riley
The Heightened Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (H.E.A.T.) Unit is responsible for investigations and enforcement of traffic collisions, traffic offenses, and public safety education. The unit was created under a grant provided by the Governor's Highway Safety Program. The unit Officers are selected for their dedication and passion for traffic safety. They participate in numerous training programs specializing in the areas of collision investigation & reconstruction, standardized field sobriety, DWI detection and courtroom prosecution.
The unit Officers also offer assistance in child safety seat installations. To schedule an appointment, click on the officer's picture to the right. If you would like to install the safety seat yourself, click on the link below to watch the N.H.T.S.A. instructional video.
NHTSA Child Seat Installation
What to Do When Stopped by a Police Officer.
There are many different reasons why a police officer might stop you.
- The officer may want to warn you about a potentially dangerous situation.
- You may have committed a traffic violation.
- The vehicle you are driving may have an equipment violation.
- The vehicle you are driving may match the description of a vehicle used in a criminal act.
If you are stopped by a police officer, you may feel confused, anxious, or even angry. These are natural feelings, but remember, traffic stops can also be stressful and dangerous for police officers. Quite often a second police officer may also assist with a traffic stop; this is for the protection of the officers, not because you are a "criminal." Each year a significant number of law enforcement officers are killed or seriously injured while making "routine traffic stops."
With this in mind, there are things that you as a law-abiding citizen can do to help lessen the uneasiness of the experience. When stopped by a police officer, remember that police officers are trained to ask for identification. Providing your documentation will simplify and speed up the process.
- Remain in your vehicle unless the officer advises otherwise.
- Keep your hands visible on the steering wheel.
- If the stop occurs during darkness, please turn on your dome light so that the officer can see that all is in order.
- Avoid any sudden movements, especially toward the floorboard, rear seat or passenger side of the vehicle.
- Bright spotlights are used for the safety of all persons involved. They are not meant to intimidate or embarrass you.
- Comply with the officer’s request to see your driver's license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration. North Carolina law requires you to display these items at the request of a police officer.
- If your documents are out of reach, tell the officer where they are before you reach for them.
- The officer may issue a ticket. If you feel the reason is unclear, ask for details. If you do not agree with the citation, please do not argue at the scene. You have a right to contest the citation in court.
Please understand that each situation is unique and that a police officer must alter his or her response to fit the circumstance. Generally a police officer will:
- Provide his/her name.
- Inform the driver of the vehicle of the reason for being stopped.
WE CARE ABOUT YOUR SAFETY! Please use the following guidelines when you drive:
- Always insure you and all occupants are properly buckled up and children are in the proper restraining device.
- Don't drink and drive. Nearly half of all fatal crashes are alcohol related. If you drink, use a designated driver.
- Observe and obey posted speed limits. Speeding fines are expensive and may cause your insurance rates to increase.
- Impatient and aggressive drivers are becoming increasingly common on our roadways. Drive with respect and courtesy. Aggressive driving is against the law!
- Always avoid distractions while driving; using cell phones, eating, drinking, applying make-up, reading, etc.