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Effects of Electronic Stability Control
on the Pursuit Intervention Technique

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November 13, 2015

As the number of cars on the road possessing electronic stability control (ESC) systems increase, so do the questions regarding the impact of ESC on pursuit intervention techniques (PIT). In 2015 the Portland Police Bureau, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, conducted a study on the effects of PIT upon ESC equipped vehicles.

The groundwork for this study was based on a review of past formal and informal research. To further explore the topic, PIT maneuvers at various speeds were conducted on several types of subject vehicles equipped with ESC technology. The final conclusions in the study noted the safety risks, prominent response differences between ESC equipped vehicles and non ESC equipped vehicles, and the range of outcomes experienced.

The study also noted that a successful PIT technique on an ESC equipped subject vehicle continues to be a matter of finesse before, during, and after the PIT technique is applied.

For a copy of this brief, contact Janna Munk


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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:

Janna Munk, POST Senior Consultant
Training Program Services Bureau
(916) 227-0473

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