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SAFE Driving Campaign News
August 28, 2012
On August 20, 2012, Prince George's County (Maryland) Police Officer Adrian Morris was killed in a single vehicle crash. While in pursuit, he lost control of his patrol car and left the roadway. Officer Morris was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, suffering massive head injuries.
Read more: Officer Down Memorial Page Remembers Police Officer Adrian Morris.
This is just one more tragic example of what was most likely a preventable line-of-duty death. A comprehensive report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "Characteristics of Law Enforcement Officers’ Fatalities in Motor Vehicle Crashes", published in January 2011, determined that almost one-half of all officers killed in crashes were not wearing their seatbelts. And without a seatbelt, you are almost three times more likely to die.
A thought-provoking opinion piece by Dale Stockton (editor of Law Officer Magazine, founder of Below 100 and a SAFE Driving Campaign Advisory Board member) was just posted on the Law Officer Magazine Website. It starts off with this statement, “We'll probably never know why Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) Officer Adrian Morris chose not to wear his seat belt on August 20, 2012, but that decision likely cost him his life.”
The article can be found on the Law Officer Website.
Reinforce the need for seatbelts while on-duty and view the Emmy-nominated POST video “Did You Know? Choices” concerning seatbelt safety.
Wear your seatbelt, watch your speed, and practice SAFE driving!
The SAFE Driving Campaign is a POST initiative focused on reducing fatal and serious injury law enforcement traffic collisions nationwide. For further information regarding the SAFE Driving Campaign, visit the SAFE Driving Campaign on the POST Website or contact:
Robert "R.C." Smith, POST Senior Consultant
Training Program Services Bureau