Despite changes in police pursuit policies and a tough new state law, Kansas drivers are continuing to run from the law at a steady clip, and they’re still causing crashes more than four times a week, reports the Wichita Eagle. Newly released state Department of Transportation accident data shows that five people died in police-pursuit crashes in 2009, slightly above the average for the decade.
In Wichita last year, police were involved in 170 chases, the lowest total since they began keeping detailed records in 2006. As in previous years, about one in four chases last year in Wichita ended in a crash. Law enforcement agencies sometimes differ over police chase policies, as each tries to weigh the risks of a crash against the prospects of letting a bad guy go. But most Kansas law enforcement officials agree that unless there’s a serious crackdown on those who elude police, chases and the crashes they sometimes cause will continue.