Questions surround Edgefield Sheriff's memo

By: Travis Ragsdale Email
By: Travis Ragsdale Email

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

EDGEFIELD COUNTY, S.C (WRDW) -- A recent memo sent by a local sheriff is bringing up questions of how traffic laws are enforced.

On July 23, Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey sent an internal memo to all sheriff’s office deputies changing policy on traffic stops. A Sheriff’s Office source sent News 12 that memo and said he felt he was being hindered from doing the job he was hired to do.

“Effective immediately, no more traffic stops until further notice unless the driver is suspected of being intoxicated, reckless driver, or driving at a high rate of speed,” Sherriff Dobey said in the memo.

Although, the memo ended there and gave no specification on how to handle simple traffic violations such as running a red light or stop sign.

Sheriff Dobey declined an on camera interview but told News 12 over the phone that the memo was “taken out of context” and that his deputies have final discretion as to whether to pull someone over for minor offenses.

He went on to say that part of the reason the memo was sent was because of a re-shifting of his deputies. He said he wanted to focus more on crimes in the home rather than traffic violations throughout the county.

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