Traffic Safety Unit
The Colerain Police Department has two officers assigned full-time as the Traffic Safety Officers. Officer Patrick Quinn and Chris Philips are currently assigned to this position. Their daily duties include the investigation of auto accidents, investigation of hit-skip crashes, and traffic enforcement in school zones and high accident locations. Officer Quinn and Phillips also respond to citizen complaints regarding traffic issues in their neighborhoods.
Further duties include conducting in-service training; to include changes to the Ohio Revised Code’s traffic chapters, OVI updates, and suspension code updates. Officer Quinn also instructs students in the local schools as well as students in the Colerain Citizen’s and Student Police Academies. Other responsibilities are the deployment, care and maintenance of the MPH Speed Trailer and the Intoxilyzer 8000. Certifications of the radar and laser units are also conducted by Officer Quinn.
Accidents Reviewed & Investigated
Officer Quinn and Phillips reviewed and investigated 2,511 auto accidents in 2016, including 492 hit-skip accidents, closing 132 (27%) of them with an arrest. During the year, Colerain Police issued 2,792 citations and 256 warnings for traffic related violations. The Colerain Police made 102 impaired driving arrests.
Driving Angels Program
Officer Quinn is also the coordinator for the Driving Angels Program. The Driving Angels program was created in 2009 for teen drivers. The program teaches teenage drivers how to be responsible with the operation of a motor vehicle. The program has professionals from law enforcement, Colerain Fire Department and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who teach the class. To date the program has been provided to over 1,100 students.