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Deputy Dies in Single-Vehicle Crash
June 26, 2013
On June 24, 2013, Vernon Parish (Louisiana) Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Netherland was killed in a single-vehicle collision. Netherland was on his way to work in a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria patrol car when he lost control of the vehicle. State Troopers say the car crossed the opposite lane of traffic, then went off the highway and struck heavy construction equipment. Netherland, who was not wearing his seatbelt, was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene.
Netherland was a one-year veteran of the department. Previously, he worked for 22 years with the Louisiana State Police. He is survived by his wife and daughter.
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This is just one more tragic example of what must be considered a preventable line-of-duty death. The overwhelming majority of single-vehicle collisions are the result of excessive speed, distraction, and/or fatigue. And without a seatbelt, you are almost three times more likely to die. Deputy Steven Netherland’s decision not to wear his seat belt probably cost him his life.
Reinforce SAFE Driving and view the award winning “Did You Know?” video series at: http://www.post.ca.gov/safe-driving-videos.
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