TRAFFIC / SPECIAL OPERATIONS DIVISION
Colonel Keith Watson
3430 Austin Peay Highway
Memphis, TN 38128
The Traffic Division has been at 1925 Union Avenue since 1981. It consists of the “Special Traffic Investigation Squad” with 22 sergeants, 4 lieutenants, 2 majors, 1 Acting Lt. Colonel; the “Motorcycle Unit” with 13 patrolman, 2 lieutenants: the “DUI Unit” which has 22 patrolmen, and 3 lieutenants.
The Traffic Division is divided into three sections: Motorcycle Squad (Motors), Special Traffic Investigation Squad (STIS) and DUI. There were 84 traffic fatalities in the Memphis area; 20 fatalities were related to drunk driving. Of those killed, 36 were drivers, 13 were passengers, 10 were motorcyclists, 1 was a bicyclist and 84 were pedestrians.
The DUI Unit responds to calls in the city involving alcohol or drug related incidents. DUI officers are specially trained in the testing of drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
The primary function of Motors is the enforcement of traffic laws, the investigation of crashes and the participation in special events. Motors, as well as other members of the Traffic Division, are periodically assigned as traffic control for major movies filmed in Memphis which have included the films “21 Grams,” “Hustle and Flow,” “Black Snake Moan” and “My Blueberry Nights.” Motors Officers utilize twenty-eight (28) motorcycles.
SPECIAL TRAFFIC INVESTIGATIONS SQUAD
The Special Traffic Investigations Squad (STIS) is responsible for investigating crashes involving fatalities or serious critical injuries. STIS is also responsible for investigating crashes involving citizens over the age of 85.