New GM system should curb police chases
By Mike Wendland
DETROIT — Starting next year, 1.7 million General Motors vehicles will be equipped with a new technology that will allow police, pursuing a stolen vehicle, to get GM's OnStar service to disable the accelerator and slow the fleeing vehicle to a gradual stop.
With more than 30,000 police chases each year resulting in 300 fatalities and about 7,500 injuries, this unique use of the OnStar technology is being hailed by a wide variety of law enforcement and emergency response organizations.
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