The first half of 2013 saw 51 line-of-duty deaths nationwide. Of these, vehicle-related incidents continue to be the leading cause. A total of 18 were vehicle-related fatalities versus 17 killed by gunfire. And as always, a significant percentage of these vehicle related deaths were preventable.
-Unsafe speed is the leading cause of law enforcement fatal and injury collisions.
-The majority of vehicle-related officer fatalities occur while en-route to a call for service, where driving at a high rate of speed is not necessary.
-You are almost three times as likely to die when not wearing a seatbelt in a collision.
-Distraction and/or fatigue has been shown to be a significant contributing factor in many law enforcement-involved vehicle collisions.
Read more in the Mid-Year Officer Fatality Report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund at: http://www.nleomf.org/assets/pdfs/reports/2013-Mid-Year-Fatalities-Report.pdf
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