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Officer Collision Statistics
May 10, 2012
More officers are killed or suffer career-ending injuries from traffic collisions than from firearms or assaults. The reality of this statistic is tragic enough. Equally troubling is when a member of the community is killed or seriously injured in a law enforcement-involved collision.
This thought-provoking article concern law enforcement collisions. It looks at collision rates and drivers training in Illinois and Missouri.
- Unsafe speed is the leading cause of law enforcement fatal and injury collisions.
- The faster a vehicle is driven, the more likely the driver is to lose control.
- 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.
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