Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Traffic Deaths

http://www.lawofficer.com/article/news/driver-intentionally-changes-l

An officer had stopped a car along the freeway and a truck changed lanes and the driver intentionally ran over the officer, killing him.  The truck drove away.  The driver was found not long afterwards, naked in the forest.  He was tracked down by police dogs.  The suspect admitted to intentionally killing the officer.

This is an excellent example that anything we do can get us killed, even doing nothing.  This officer was doing what most officers on patrol do every day, making a traffic stop.  Nothing unusual, and nothing out of the ordinary.

Even while we watch for the danger cues from the driver and passengers of vehicles we stop, we have to watch for other traffic.  Leave a safety lane between our vehicle and the violators vehicle.  Stop back at least a little bit so that if your vehicle is hit from behind it will not immediately hit the violators car, giving you some warning.  Watch out for anything, because almost anything can get you hurt or killed, that's what the SGT Says.

2 comments:

Protect_and_Serve said...

In 2013, 32 U.S. Cops were killed on duty by gunfire. 47 died in vehicle accidents or assaults.

WEAR YOUR SEAT BELT

SLOW DOWN

USE A PASSENGER SIDE APPROACH

DON'T CONDUCT BUSINESS IN A TRAFFIC LANE

Mike Creek said...

Exactly right. Too many of those traffic deaths were single vehicle collisions with officers driving 100+ miles per hour and hitting something.
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