Traffic Unit and START


This unit’s primary responsibility is to investigate, collect evidentiary items and interview occupants and witnesses for the reporting and reconstruction of auto accidents which result in serious injury or death. Deputies within this unit receive specialized training in vehicle dynamics and crash reconstruction, and assist patrol deputies with hit/skip and school bus violations.

In a typical year, the Sheriff’s Office responds to over 1,500 traffic crashes, nearly a quarter of which are injury crashes.


START – Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team

Deputies assigned to the Traffic Unit also serve as members of the Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team, or START. START is composed of traffic investigators from Fairfield Township Police, Monroe Police, and the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. They specialize in officer-involved crashes, serious injury crashes, and crashes resulting in fatalities.

The reasoning behind forming the team was simple. Some smaller jurisdictions do not have a high volume of injury accidents or fatalities compared to that of the sheriff’s office. As a team, we could pool our resources together and defray the costs among the participating agencies. All team members have specialized training and prior experience in the field. Departments have a quicker response time, and the investigation is completed with more accuracy. Team members have access to and utilize the “Total-Station” laser mapping system and digital cameras to document the crash scenes. Once information is gathered, it is downloaded to a diagramming program, and 2 or 3 dimensional presentations can be printed.

Recent press releases related to START:

2015-05-10 - Head-On Crash in New Miami
2015-04-15 - Three Vehicle Crash Leaves One Dead in Wayne Township
2015-04-07 - Victim Identified in Fatal Wayne Twp Crash
2015-01-22 - Hanover Twp Fatal Crash Victim Identified
2015-01-21 - Single Vehicle Fatal Crash in Hanover Twp
2014-12-15 - OVI Driver Causes Crash with Deputy
2014-11-10 - Fatal ATV Accident in Madison Township
2014-10-02 - Traffic Accident In Hanover Township Results In Fatality
2014-08-27 - Head-On Crash in Ross Township Kills One
2014-05-02 - Fatal Crash in Wayne Township - Update

See all START-related news releases.