A sobering reminder about driving 'in weather'

Submitted by:
Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief


According to ODMP, there were 43 police officers killed in vehicle accidents in 2011 (38 in patrol cars, five on motorcycles).  Just four of those LEOs were involved in a pursuit at the time they were killed.  What does this tell us?  I don’t even need to answer that rhetorical question — we all know full well what it says. 

Okay now, in the span of just three days, I received the below video from almost ten different “email pen pals” I’ve got out there in American law enforcement.  Each person offered roughly the same comment: “Shows just how fast it can happen.  Stay safe!” 

Presently in the San Francisco Bay Area, we’re experiencing a deluge of rain (snow in the elevations above 4,000 feet just a couple hours east of here).  Elsewhere in the country, winter weather persists well into the springtime — the upper northwest has gotten hammered with snow in the past few days.  Pretty soon it’ll be, “April showers bring May flowers.”  Then it’s summertime and the annual spate of thundershowers. 

Whether the weather is rain or snow or fog or wind or some combination thereof, please take into account those factors and adjust your driving according.  I’ll leave you with a paraphrased “quote” from the late, great Chuck Wyllie, told to me when I was a lead-footed twenty-something knucklehead. 

“Drive the conditions, not the way you’ve been conditioned.” 

Check out the video below, and please, stay safe out there my friends. 

A sobering reminder about driving 'in weather'

Doug Wyllie is Editor in Chief of PoliceOne, responsible for setting the editorial direction of the website and managing the planned editorial features by our roster of expert writers. An award-winning columnist — he is the 2014 Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" winner in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column — Doug has authored more than 900 feature articles and tactical tips on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community.

On a daily basis, Doug is in close personal contact with some of the top subject-matter experts in law enforcement, regularly tapping into the world-class knowledge of officers and trainers from around the United States, and working to help spread that information and insight to the hundreds of thousands of officers who visit PoliceOne every month.

Doug is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers' Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA).

Even in his "spare" time, he is active in his support for the law enforcement community, contributing his time and talents toward police-related charitable events as well as participating in force-on-force training, search-and-rescue training, and other scenario-based training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.

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