Police department starts new program to respond to traffic complaints
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The Charleston Police Department will begin an operation where officers are directed to specific locations throughout the city where citizens believe special attention is needed.

"Operation Side Street" begins Thursday.

The operation is occurring because the City of Charleston has experienced a decrease in motor vehicle crashes over the past year due to selective traffic enforcement programs, according to the police department.

The new operation focuses on secondary street. The department wants to increase awareness of traffic laws on those roads.

Patrols will be assigned based upon complaints generated from the public.

The first areas that will be targeted will the residential areas of North Charleston. This area will experience an increase in traffic patrols Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Officers will present a zero tolerance in relation to traffic violation during these special enforcement hours.