The Vehicle Incidents and Issues topic deals with issues related to specialized patrols like motorcycle units as well as vehicular risks and challenges to law enforcement, including vehicle crashes involving police and vehicular assaults against officers. From single-car traffic accidents to high-speed pursuits, most law enforcement injuries and fatalities occur in, or immediately outside of, a police officer’s vehicle.
Bystanders account for one-third of those who are killed in police chases, a USA Today review has found. The deaths have communities around the nation wrestling with whether to restrict pursuits only to suspects in violent crimes. Worth the risk?