Traffic patrol never takes a vacation

    8:31 PM, May 27, 2013   |    comments
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    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Traffic patrol never takes a vacation in Pulaski County. Deputy Jeremy Fairchild has seen a little bit of everything during his six years with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

    "I've had people run, I've had people fight, I've had people sick," said Fairchild.

    Routine traffic stops always have the possibility to get dangerous in a hurry and summer brings in higher volume of calls according to Fairchild.

    "Our thefts go up a little bit... there's always more traffic in the summer than the winter. It's a lot more comfortable, people going to the lakes," said Fairchild.

    There seems to be a common thought that if driving in the ballpark of the speed limit you're okay, but Fairchild says it really comes down the specific deputy or officer.

    "Any vehicle that's doing 15 plus miles an hour of the posted speed limit I would normally cite and some officers do it at 10 miles an hour. It just depends on the officer the amount of discretion that he shows on his traffic stops," said Fairchild.

    While there can be leeway with speeding DWI brings a completely different response.

    "As far as DWI there's no tolerance with DWI. You drink you go to jail," said Fairchild.

    Fairchild says traffic stops can fluctuate on either the night or day shift.

    "I mean there's some nights I might do five, six traffic stops then there's some days I might do the same amount or I may do more during the day. It just depends on what the focus is and what the call load is," said Fairchild.

    The Pulaski Sheriff's Office reminds drivers to be aware more motorcycles will be hitting the roads and nicer weather rolls around.

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