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R.A.T.T. PATROL
Captain J. Nida


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  • In the past the Orange County Sheriff’s Office has been overwhelmed with citizen complaints of speeding vehicles. Citizens living on our rural roads are generating the majority of these complaints. Until now our only means of responding to these complaints has been to conduct traffic stops or stationary patrols in these areas and to some extent this method was productive.

  • On July 29th 2002 Sheriff Pendergrass assigned Deputy Kevin Jones now Sergeant Jones to the newly formed Rural Area Traffic Team or R.A.T.T. PATROL. The team provides special enforcement for speeding in sub-divisions and on the rural roads of our county. This team will also conduct public education programs for citizens and on site safety programs in schools. Child safety seat restraint and seat belt programs, driver safety and DWI prevention programs will be conducted for our citizens with a community involvement approach towards traffic safety. Using these methods we hopefully can reduce or reverse the trends shown by vehicle accidents, crash injuries, speed and fatality statistics.

  • We encourage citizens to call and make us aware of problems in their neighborhoods and to make request for traffic education programs. You may do this by contacting the Traffic Team Supervisor, Captain J. Nida, at 919-644-3050 or by e-mail at jnida@co.orange.nc.us or by contacting Sheriff Pendergrass directly.