Police Pursuits Can Be Deadly for Bystanders


In an investigation of police pursuits, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that at least 76 bystanders, pursuit suspects and law-enforcement officers were killed in police chases in Virginia from 1995 through 2005. Forty of them were not involved in the pursuit. Nationwide during that period, 3,842 people were killed during pursuits 1,324 of them not part of the chase.

Virginia ranked 18th in the nation in fatalities resulting from police pursuits between 1995 and 2005, according to NHTSA statistics. Data supplied by area law-enforcement agencies and the Virginia State Police for 2003-05 determined that officers frequently chased suspects at high speeds and usually for relatively minor traffic offenses. During that period, 2,050 pursuits were initiated by state troopers across Virginia and police in Richmond and the counties of Henrico, Hanover and Chesterfield. Nearly one-third resulted in some type of crash.

Link: http://www.timesdispatch.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=RTD/MGArticle/RTD_BasicArticle&

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