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Line of Duty Deaths - The First Half of 2013
July 10, 2013
The first half of 2013 saw 51 line-of-duty deaths nationwide. Of these, vehicle-related incidents continue to be the leading cause. A total of 19 were vehicle-related fatalities versus 17 killed by gunfire. And as always, a significant percentage of these vehicle related deaths were preventable.
In order to lower this needless death toll, we must continue to actively promote situation-appropriate, focused, educated (SAFE) driving. The SAFE Driving Campaign offers a wide array of resources to assist agencies in addressing the key causal factors that result in law enforcement fatal and injury collisions.
- Unsafe speed is the leading cause of law enforcement fatal and injury collisions.
- The majority of vehicle-related officer fatalities occur while en-route to a call for service, where driving at a high rate of speed is not necessary.
- You are almost three times as likely to die when not wearing a seatbelt in a collision.
- Distraction and/or fatigue has been shown to be a significant contributing factor in many law enforcement-involved vehicle collisions.
For more information and biographical sketches of those lost to date in 2013, see the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Website.
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