What Part Of Slow Down And Move Over Don't You Get?
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Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities
Preliminary 2012 Numbers
March 13, 2012
2012 2011 %Change
Total Fatalities 26 44 -41%
Firearms Related 10 21 -52%
Traffic Related 9 31 -31%
Other Causes 7 10 -30%
Please note: These numbers reflect total officer fatalities comparing March 13, 2012 to March 13, 2011.
Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities
Preliminary 2011 Numbers
January 3, 2012
2010 2011 %Change
Total Fatalities 177 153 +16%
Firearms Related 71 59 +20%
Traffic Related 64 71 -10%
Other Causes 42 23 +83%
Please note: These numbers reflect total officer fatalities comparing December 31,2011 to December 31, 2010.
The picture on top actually happened while I was visiting my Aunt and Uncle in Los Angeles. While I was there a total of three of these events happened, and if I remember correctly all three were fatal to the Officers involved. It inspired me to try and come up with a solution to this problem. I came up with one and called CHP Headquarters. The Sergeant I talked to liked the idea and even added another suggestion to go along with it. My idea was this; launch a massive ad campaign stating that those who do not slow down and move over (when possible) WILL be given heavy fines and not to think they will never be found because there will be cams in the rear of police vehicles as well as in front and all passing vehicles will have their licence number and speed on passing recorded. The Sergeant suggested Officers also have an alarm mounted on their vehicles so when another vehicle comes to close it will go off and give the officer time to jump clear if at all possible.
Last year 13 Officers were killed in Traffic related accidents. 13 for the whole year. We are in March and already 9 traffic related fatalities. I can almost promise we will exceed last years 13. I added the link under the picture so you can get an idea of the number of Law Enforcement Officers who have died. It was updated on April of 2011. As you can see from those numbers, California, New York and Texas have the highest number of LEO deaths. Texas having 1,594, California having 1,487, and New York having 1,317. If the number of LEO deaths is any indication of how safe or how dangerous a state is, then Vermont must be the safest state to live in with only 21 LEO deaths, and Texas the worst...and I bet most of those deaths took place in Dallas/Ft Worth/Arlington area.
What I don't get is the sensless deaths that occur when an officer has someone pulled over on the side of the road. There is simply no excuse for it. In heavy traffic on the interstates, like in California, all it takes is just one person to slow down to force everyone else to also slow down, even if you cannot pull into another lane. Of the three accidents I spoke of earlier, one lady said she lost control of her car...on completely dry roads. If you can't look at something without your car going off in the direction you are looking in...then DON't look away from the road. The car that struck and killed the motorcycle officer Phillip Ortiz, he was passing on the shoulder. If you are passing on the shoulder, which anyone knows is illegal, you have a clear view of what is in front of you...no other vehicles in front of you to block your view. How can you NOT see the mini van and motorcycle you are about to plow into at full speed???
At around 2 AM in Tennessee, a State Trooper nearly dies when a semi strikes his car while he is in it (he had someone pulled over) and sends it shooting across three lanes of traffic. The flares and other ammunition in the car cause it to catch fire. He is in critical condition right now, and the only reason he didn't die on the scene is because help arrived within seconds, as another officer had passed him and decided to see if he needed any help and as he was coming back onto I-40 he witnessed the accident. Also an ambulance was on its way back from Knoxville and came upon the scene seconds after it happened. Just as they got the Trooper out of the vehicle, his seat caught on fire. They used the ambulance to shield them while they performed CPR on him. One of the EMT's got some burns on his hands trying to get the Trooper out. The driver of the semi claims to have fallen asleep at the wheel. but it strikes me as odd that the only place he went off the road was just where the Trooper was. He drove on the shoulder for approximately 2500 feet and another 1500 feet after striking the cruiser.
How is it that people just happen to swerve or loose control or fall asleep just where cruisers or motorcycles have pulled someone over? And of course this brings me back to the point of my hub in the first place. If people slowed down and/or pulled over, these things would not happen. So what part of SLOW DOWN AND PULL OVER don't you get?