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BULLETIN: Alarming Trends in LODD's


While the overall number of LODD's January-July 2010 exceeds those of 2009, VEHICULAR DEATHS caught my attention, immediately. Some weeks, I was posting a vehicle-related death almost daily. Some days, I posted 2+ unrelated vehicle deaths.


These are the facts: TOTAL 2010 LODD's as of July 31 - 101 ** Includes 1 Automobile Accident 29 years' earlier Vehicular Deaths = 46... just shy of 50% of the Total LODD's Automobile Accident - 27 Motorcycle Accident - 3 Struck by Vehicle - 5 Vehicle Pursuit - 3 Vehicular Assault - 8


** Number of Surviving Children - 73


 


TOTAL 2009 LODD's as of July 31 - 79 ** Includes 3 from 9/11-related illness, 3 from Vehicular assault... 2, 7, 21 years' earlier Vehicular Deaths = 38 Automobile Accident - 23 Motorcycle Accident - 2 Struck by Vehicle - 3 Vehicle Pursuit - 2 Vehicular Assault - 8


** Number of Surviving Children - 62


 


"The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are as bold as a lion." - Proverbs 28:1

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Just to point out, these are the stats for highway worker deaths....  This is why we nail speeders.


 


 Fatal highway incidents fell by 19 percent in 2008, accounting for 1,149 worker deaths, the lowest since 1993. Nonhighway incidents (such as those that might occur on a farm or industrial premises) stayed about the same. The number of workers who were killed after being struck by vehicles or mobile equipment fell from 345 in 2007 to 322 in 2008


What was just posted was probably a poor attempt at humor, wit, or sarcasm. It;s called breakin balls, get used to it.

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Staggering statistics... it is truly aweful!


"Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives." - Ronald Reagan

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I posted every one of these officers in the ODG, and they're all in the ODMP.... They are not all Highway workers... one LEO was on a Funeral Detail; another was struck and killed on his way to a meeting; others were struck and killed by vehicles driving in the wrong direction; some responding to burglaries or Officer needs assistance; another was struck and killed while on a turnpike shoulder, causing his vehicle to burst into flames, another was escorting a Mardi Gras float; some were killed as a result of icy roads, and several were killed while conducting searches outside their vehicles, and many were struck and killed by drunk drivers.    


"The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are as bold as a lion." - Proverbs 28:1

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Oh, sorry, my post was about highway maintenance workers.  I like to poin t out that they and street department workers need our protection, too. 


What was just posted was probably a poor attempt at humor, wit, or sarcasm. It;s called breakin balls, get used to it.

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Thanks for the post Eleni..................interesting stats to say the least.


It is what it is.............and.........these things too shall pass.

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And I was thinking you meant prison highway crews..... lol 


VA still has chain gangs, and many are working on the roads right near me in Arlington...


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My department has been around since 1917 and up to this date has lost 49 troopers while on duty.  Yes, many of them have been murdered but most have been lost due to "accidents" and not all from traffic.  I lost a recruit school classmate about 8 or 9 years ago due to a traffic crash.  He was on the freeway and had made a traffic stop.  He had made a passenger side approach, made contact and was returning to his patrol vehicle (Chevy Tahoe).  As he passed in between his vehicle and the stopped vehicle, a woman with her family in the vehicle, had bent over to pick up a chicken nugget for her son and drifted off of the roadway.  She blasted the rear end of his patrol vehicle which caught him in between the two vehicle and then flipped him into the freeway lanes where his vehicle came down on top of him.  At least this is what was described to us.  He had some 7 or so years in at the time.  He was #48.


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Ok, y'all LEO's already know the drill. Youz got to be up to speed on .... WHAT?


1. "Stickin'"


2. "Drivin'"


3. "Shootin'"


The big three for officer safety, risk management and liability.


To those who have lost their lives in vehicle related crashes: "We are still learning from your incidences."


Losing cops & road workers (they're people, too!) to vehicle wrecks doesn't make sense to me. Bottom line is that every accident has 'speed' as an associated factor someplace. Think about it.


So, take driving for instance. Since I am an EVOC instructor I think I can speak to this.


Very simply .....

DO NOT DRIVE OVER YOUR HEAD !!! AND WATCH WHAT IS GOING ON AROUND YOU DURING VEHICLE OPS.


 


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I'm sorry for the loss of your classmate... that was a bad early learning experience, and one you will never forget.


"The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are as bold as a lion." - Proverbs 28:1

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That's part of my speeding ticket line... "In the State of Tennessee, 26% of fatal accidents involve alcohol, 94% involve speed.".


What was just posted was probably a poor attempt at humor, wit, or sarcasm. It;s called breakin balls, get used to it.

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I left my contacts at home....................having trouble reading the thread..................hehehehehe


It is what it is.............and.........these things too shall pass.

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klamm143 says ...



I left my contacts at home....................having trouble reading the thread..................hehehehehe


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Yeah, I got your contacts right here, Clam-man.


Slow down while your driving or this discussion will haunt you....


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BUT.......my moped tops out at 35...............and I NEED THOSE GLASSES.


It is what it is.............and.........these things too shall pass.

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Thank you, Eleni, for your continued service to PL in mention of these stats - particularly the stat for surviving children.  This risk is on the top of my mind when expressing condolences in Officer Down.  And, yeah, it definitely informs what a siren means to me nowadays when I hear one screaming down the boulevard.


FYI, Thank God this risk is triple-underscored in basic level law enforcement coursework.  I think even more could be included - photographs.  Not to dissuade applicants, but to ensure a clear picture early on.

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Thank you so much for the information. I'm fairly new to PL and assumed the alarming numbers were...what do I want to say....average for LEO's and very scary I might add since this is a field I very much want to be a part of.  As I read, what seemed like daily, of the deaths of these LEO's, what I started noticing as I was driving down a road or highway, was that drivers no longer change lanes when an LEO is on the side of the road, or if he tries to change lanes, the idiot behind/beside him won't slow down, to let anyone over. I remember this as a part of Driver's Ed...many, many...a, a few years back.


So what do we do to fix it? Advertise? Post Signs on the roadways like we had to for not trashing the roadways with litter or don't forget your seatbelt? What a shame grownups have to be reminded of something that should be second nature.....safety.


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Thank you so much for the information. I'm fairly new to PL and assumed the alarming numbers were...what do I want to say....average for LEO's and very scary I might add since this is a field I very much want to be a part of.  As I read, what seemed like daily, of the deaths of these LEO's, what I started noticing as I was driving down a road or highway, was that drivers no longer change lanes when an LEO is on the side of the road, or if he tries to change lanes, the idiot behind/beside him won't slow down, to let anyone over. I remember this as a part of Driver's Ed...many, many...a, a few years back.


So what do we do to fix it? Advertise? Post Signs on the roadways like we had to for not trashing the roadways with litter or don't forget your seatbelt? What a shame grownups have to be reminded of something that should be second nature.....safety.



Concerning your post specifically, here in Michigan (as in many other states) it is now against the law to move over if there is a lane available or at the very least to slow down as you pass an emergency vehicle which now includes. . . .police cars, ambulances, fire department vehicles (including fire personnel POV's) AND tow trucks.  It is a misdemeanor that could be up to 93 days in jail and upto $500.00 in fines.  I can remember prior to that law being enacted, stopping a car, placing your patrol vehicle in such a way as to provide a little breathing room and while standing alongside the violator's vehicle. . . .along comes a semi trying to "dust" you hat off.  If memory serves me a Connecticutt was killed by a semi driver that had attempted to do that and hit the trooper with the corner of his trailer.  The impact was so hard that it LITERALLY IMPRINTED HIS SHOULDER PATCH INTO THE METAL CORNER OF THE TRAILER!  Even with the law, there are still people that will drive right past you because they are NOT paying any attention to their driving and either don't see you in time or just plain don't see you.


As for the balance of the thread, it seems that people almost like to see the pretty lights and hear the siren so they slow down and almost stop in front of you.  Then again, not everybody hears the siren or see the lights so the end result is that Murphy's Law seems to always zap us at the most inopportune time and if we are lucky enough, we only end up with a bent car and not a broken body.


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Thanks Eleni for the eye opening figures.

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this posting is eye opening, after graduating from 97th taing troop , within a year we lost two troopers one a classmate of mine who had been in beirut and was injured over there only to get run over on I-95 during drug stops. SINCE RETIRING TO  N.C. THIS STATE HAS ADOPTED THE MOVE OVER FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES.   I  BELIVE MOST OF THE MOTERING PUBLIC ADHERES TO THIS NEW LAW

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I've been on PL since March and noticed the high  accident death rate.   Not only that but how many LOE's that have been killed. 


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Thanks Eleni.


Gotta say it: This is a bad year... From the begining.

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WEAR YOUR VEST AND SEATBELT.  And like thesarge said, watch out for the other guy.


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BUMP!

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I just noted that, of the 5 LODD's for August 2010, 3 are vehicular:


1 Auto Accident      I Vehicle Pursuit      1 Motorcycle Accident


I find this very disheartening and the month is only half-over.  I don't even want to project to see what the figures will be for the year... given the first 7 months and the first 2.5 weeks of August. 


PLEASE.... exercise caution - there is no need to pursue a vehicle for 15 miles...  Call for backup; call the next jurisdiction to cover when the vehicle pursued goes into their territory. Your familiies don't want dead heroes....  They need you - Alive... playing with your children and/or grandchildren; setting up the grill for a family barbeque; jumping into the pool with the kids. They don't want to remember you only by photos and videos, so the children don't forget you.    


I cry with every LODD I post, but those, as the result of pursuits, get me the most. 


Remember the words of Sarge and JIMROC. 


 


"The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are as bold as a lion." - Proverbs 28:1

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AUGUST 2010


2 Vehicle Accident LODD's 


1 Motorcycle LODD in August


1 Vehicle Pursuit LODD in August


SEPTEMBER 2010


2 Vehicle Accident LODD's  9-2-2010 


And September just began. 



"The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are as bold as a lion." - Proverbs 28:1

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Thanks for the post


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Thanks Eleni..


I kow that a lot of states have Move Over Laws. I have noticed that there are a ton of drivers out there that do not pay attention to these laws. A lot of them are rubberneckers.


I served as a volunteer fire fighter for a few years and our POV's and our our fire trucks were almost rammed by those that were not paying attention to the streets. They were more focused on the accident or all the lights.


SO... All I can say is becareful.. watch your surroundings..


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RdnkFireDad says ...



Thanks Eleni..


I kow that a lot of states have Move Over Laws........They were more focused on the accident or all the lights.....


"SO... All I can say is becareful.. watch your surroundings".


 



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My first post on this topic reflected LODD's as of 7-31-2010 = 101;  Of those, 46 were Vehicle-related deaths - 9 shy of 50%.


As of 9-30-2010, Total LODD's = 124... 24 higher in 2 months; However, Vehicle-related LODD's  = 58, 12 more in only 2 months. 


Please.... Those of you who are motor officers, keep these figures burned in your brain... we still have 3 full months until the end of 2010.  If you're nearing another jurisdiction, call them for backup... there is no shame in doing so and it could well save your life.


Think of your families; the futures of your children that you will miss... birthday parties, weddings, births, Baptisms, holidays. 


 Hopefully, JIMROC and Sarge will chime in here.


"The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are as bold as a lion." - Proverbs 28:1

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Eleni thanks for the reminder.  I'm an Honor Guard guy and can tell you I'm going to way too many funerals for crash deaths.  Not to mention I just attended my good friend Mark Longway's funeral for yet another crash death.  Our profession often see's trends which guide our training updates and/or new techniques.  I just don't know what the answer is here.  In 2001 I had a triple rollover crash.  I was not at fault and I was following policy yet, it happens.  The conditions we drive in with laptops, radios, cell phones, bad weather, poor roads, crowded highways, long hours and the responsibility to arrive as fast as possible........ I'm surprised the numbers are not higher than they are. 


So, Let's all be careful out there...........

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