Roadway Safety

Don’t Fixate on Addressing a Traffic Violation

 
I’m a motor officer with over 10 years of experience in motors. One day at the end of my shift, I was riding home after sundown, and I noticed a vehicle traveling without its headlights activated. The vehicle was ahead of me and one lane to my left.

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Juvenile Nearly Strikes Officer on Roadway

 
I conducted a late night traffic stop with a fully marked cruiser (front/rear blues illuminated) and a green high-visibility jacket.

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Car Drag Near Miss

 
I observed a suspicious vehicle driving slowly through several alleys. I followed the vehicle briefly and obtained PC for a traffic stop. I approached and spoke with a single white male driver. He gave me his DL and insurance. He seemed extremely nervous.

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Passing Car Crashes into Officer’s Door on Traffic Stop

 
I was conducting a night time traffic stop on the right shoulder of a major divided highway in my jurisdiction. As I prepared to exit my patrol vehicle after finishing the citation, I checked my mirror quickly to make sure there were no cars approaching in the lane next to me (the right lane).

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Pickup Truck Crashes into Police at Accident Scene

 
At approximately 0330, two officers were on the scene of a single-vehicle accident on the right side of a highway interchange. While the officers and a Good Samaritan were assisting the involved motorists, one of the officers standing in front of a patrol vehicle noticed a pickup truck heading towards them.

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Trooper Hit Head On during White-Out Conditions

 
A state trooper was responding with emergency lights activated to a motor vehicle collision on a major interstate highway. Road conditions were poor with ice and heavy snow (white-out conditions).

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Police Vehicles Collide at Intersection while Responding to Armed Subject

 
Officers were responding code to assist other officers with an armed subject. Two police vehicles entered a controlled intersection at a high rate of speed, one against the red traffic signal.

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Deputy’s Vehicle Hit by Train while Responding to Infant in Distress

 
Two deputies in separate patrol SUVs were running code to an EMS call for an infant having difficulty breathing. On the way to the call, both of the deputies were stopped by a slow-moving freight train crossing the tracks in front of them.

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Trooper Hit while Helping Stranded Motorist in Inclement Weather

 
A state trooper stopped to assist a motorist stranded on the side of a busy state highway. Weather conditions were poor with heavy rain, ice, sleet, snow, and high winds, causing poor visibility. While the trooper was talking to the motorist outside of the motorist’s vehicle, the trooper’s patrol SUV was struck from behind, forcing the patrol vehicle into the trooper and the motorist.

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Seat Belt and Vest Save Officer in Crash while Responding to Burglary in Progress

 
An officer was working solo overnight patrol when he was dispatched for a burglary in progress. As the officer was responding at a high rate of speed to the call, he lost control of his patrol vehicle and went off the right side of the roadway.

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