• anon-y-mouse Posted: 8/5/2010 7:34am PDT

    I suspect that most of the fatal crashes are caused by the officer working his in-car computer while driving--which would also explain the increased number of crashes compared to the past when fewer police cars were equipped with those systems.

  • GeeWizz Posted: 8/5/2010 7:08am PDT

    wonder how many were on the phone at the time?

  • Larry Welch Posted: 8/5/2010 4:56am PDT

    As a LEO driving instructor, I agree with all of the comments. However, one missing comment is discipline or corrective behavior. I was on the road for 30 years and the seat belt never was in the way when exiting my vehicle. Training at the beginner level, continued training at the field training level then if a problem, correct the behavior.
    The airbag clearly states SRS or supplemental restraint system. All an airbag does is keep your face and chest from being crushed. It will not keep you behind the wheel. How can you continue to drive and possibly avoid a secondary collision if you are in the floor on the passenger side of the vehicle?

  • Fizz Posted: 8/5/2010 4:51am PDT

    Buckle up is right!

  • Think About It Posted: 8/5/2010 4:47am PDT

    "42 percent of fatal law-enforcement officer deaths involve a single-vehicle impact with an object off the road—with the front of the vehicle in 48 percent of crashes."
    There's a phrase for this: Officer Suicide.

  • aaron Posted: 8/4/2010 10:25pm PDT

    It has to be training. Either that, or the types of people they're recruiting.

  • fb_709357878 avatar David Posted: 8/4/2010 4:09pm PDT

    "The majority of crashes occurred on a dry, straight, level stretches of roadway."
    WTF? I expect this from 80+ year old drivers--not trained officers. Are they diving out of their moving patrol cars to tackle fleeing suspects?

  • bengt avatar Bengt Posted: 8/4/2010 2:15pm PDT

    Todd,
    Thanks for the correction, which I've indicated above accordingly. The observation remains the same: Despite miles traveled going up, we continued to reduce fatalities. Especially in the past decade police, fatalities have not followed that trend.

  • Todd Courtney Posted: 8/4/2010 10:30am PDT

    Mr. Halvorson,
    You read the chart from the table from the Department of Transportation website incorrectly. In 1980, there were 1,520,856 million miles traveled. That is equal to 1,520,856,000,000 miles or 1.52 trillion miles, not million miles like you erroneously wrote several times in your article.

  • fb_1510606196 avatar Carl Posted: 8/3/2010 6:11pm PDT

    The usual excuse for not using seatbelts is that the officer often has to leap out of the vehicle quickly after stopping. Needs to be able to reach for his weapon without restraint.
    This further proof that airbags along are not enough. The pretensioner seatbelt will hold the front seat occupants in place for optimum airbag benefit. Sled and crash testing proved that many times.