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Giving officers the green light


By Keith Bowers
PoliceOne.com Editor

Navigating intersections can be the most dangerous and time-consuming part of emergency response in law enforcement, and when lives are potentially at stake, every second counts.

Statistics bear out the fact that behind the wheel is the most dangerous place for law enforcement personnel. During 2007, more officers were killed in traffic-related incidents than from gunfire or any other cause of death.

Police-driving expert and PoliceOne columnist Capt. Travis Yates of the Tulsa Police Department says it can take as long as 30 to 45 seconds to clear and get through an intersection in the worst conditions.

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