The South Carolina State Transport Police has an easily understood mission: to enforce state and federal laws governing commercial motor vehicles. Even if you aren’t an official South Carolinian, if you travel our roadways, we want to keep you safe while in our state. To better protect the motoring public by preventing accidents, our officers focus on four main areas:
- Accident prevention
- Removal of unsafe drivers and vehicles
- Protection of the environment from transported hazardous materials
- Prevention of premature road and bridge deterioration by enforcing vehicle size and weight restrictions
While those are the tasks that the transport police focus on, what is particularly noteworthy is the attitudes and approach displayed by our officers. We don’t have an adversarial relationship – the police versus truckers – we strive for partnership. We have a definitive commitment to our stated goal of ‘Target Zero Traffic Deaths.’ If we can reach that goal, even if we can improve our numbers by one accident annually, it literally means there is one more parent arriving home for dinner, one more spouse coming through that back door, one more young adult returning from their route. It’s a very real goal with very real consequences, and that’s why we take our job so seriously.
To pass that zero threshold, the transport police provides a range of partnership services, including assistance understanding state laws, size and weight guidelines, safety inspections, and the application process for operating authority, intrastate DOT numbers and overweight permits. We even offer free safety talks upon request. More than anything, we want operators in South Carolina to know that they have a ready resource. Please never sit and wonder – just give us a call. If we don’t have the answer, we can point you in the right direction. We’re definitely here to help.
Want to learn more about the services offered by the South Carolina State Transport Police or your state if you are traveling the roads elsewhere? Simply visit scdps.gov/scstp/ or find a complete listing of state transportation websites from the Federal Highway Administration at fhwa.dot.gov/webstate.cfm.