Salisbury Township Police Department
Salisbury Township Police Department

Chief Kevin Soberick Salisbury Township Police Department

 
 



About the Salisbury Township Traffic Unit

Unit Supervisor: Corporal Charles Whitehead 

Traffic Coordinator: Officer Bryan Losagio

The Salisbury Township Police Department provides a traffic safety enforcement unit for township residents.  This unit is run by Corporal Charles Whitehead who has been with the police department since 2008.  The traffic safety unit was created in 2013 due to an increase in overall traffic in the township. The primary responsibilities of Corporal Whitehead is to oversee the investigation of crashes, conduct traffic studies and compile data from those studies which aid in targeted enforcement areas. Upon receipt of a complaint, an officer is assigned to investigate and report back concerns or issues noted to Corporal Whitehead.  The unit coordinator, Officer Bryan Losagio, also applies for county, state and federal traffic grants, coordinates and schedules all special traffic safety details, works with township residents who have a particular traffic safety concern and enforces traffic safety laws throughout the township's 300 plus roadways.

At look at the numbers:

  • Issued 2,037 Traffic Citations
  • Completed 10 Traffic Safety Studies
  • Obtained more than $22,000 in traffic grants for the department.

The unique layout of the township, which is divided by a busy Interstate 78, calls for several different types of traffic safety enforcement. With the state’s third largest city (Allentown) and seventh largest city (Bethlehem) surrounding the township and the township being home to a mall, multiple large car dealerships and Lehigh Valley Health Network which is ranked within the top 50 in the nation for capacity, heavy volumes of traffic are a very common issue. The township also sees a high volume of traffic due to motorists going to and coming from the Sands Casino in Bethlehem and the PPL Center in Allentown as well, both about three miles from our township.  

Outside of routine traffic enforcement patrol, the department routinely participates in traffic safety grants such as

  • “Buckle Up PA”
  • Aggressive Driving
  • Lehigh County Gaming Grant
  • DUI checkpoints/patrols through the Northeast DUI Task Force

 

The Vehicle

2017 Ford Interceptor - Gray with black scotchlite reflective lettering and striping

A Ford Interceptor, which is striped with what are known as ghost stripes (Black reflective decals on a Gray painted vehicle) has proven to be an invaluable tool in enforcing traffic throughout the township. These types of decals used on this vehicle allow it to remain inconspicuous during the day to blend in with traffic yet highly visible and reflective at night.  The vehicle is equipped with an electronic non-radar speed timing device (Enradd), a Mobile Data Terminal (in car computer), a dual video camera system, and soon to be equipped with registration plate reading cameras.  The department owns two portable LED radar speed / message signs, one large LED message sign and one radar speed awareness trailer. This equipment is used to promote safety and get the attention of motorists.  These signs are used commonly when new speed limit signs are erected, road work will be taking place shortly, and when there are emergency traffic pattern changes and roadway closures. 

Our traffic unit has been extremely effective in deterring aggressive driving related crashes in the township by providing targeted roadway enforcement that would otherwise be unattainable in conjunction with regular patrol duties and also has reduced the response time considerably when responding to traffic accidents and hazards. 

                                                                      

                                                                             

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Salisbury Township Police Department
3000 South Pike Avenue
Allentown, Pennsylvania 18103
Emergency Dial 911
Admin: 610-797-1447
Non-Emergency: 610-437-5252
Fax: 610-797-4733
E-mail: info@salisburypolice.org
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