Saturday, October 25, 2014

Traffic Collisions

Over 30,000 Americans die in traffic collisions every year.  That's more then get murdered.  It is not unusual for 30 or more on duty police officers to be killed in traffic accidents in the line of duty.  Often half of the officers killed in the line of duty are killed in traffic collisions.

We need to do a better job of avoiding and surviving traffic collisions.  The best technique is to avoid collisions.  Slow down, we drive too fast.  Even when responding to dangerous call, even driving to officer need help calls, we need to slow down.  New officers frequently have traffic collisions when responding to emergencies.  They get excited and go 80 mph when they should be going 60 mph.

If you are in a traffic collision, you are now the victim, not the responding officer.  Self rescue and self care are now your number on concerns.  Get your vehicle to a safe spot off the road, or exit your vehicle safely and get to the side of the road.  Check yourself for injuries.  Often after a stressful incident officers run around bleeding, not realizing they have been hurt.  Wear your seat belt and slow down; that's what the SGT Says.

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