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Subject: LCSH

Police vehicles--Accidents


Criminology and Criminal Justice


While overall on-duty law enforcement deaths has decreased moderately from over 160 in 1980 to a level under 120 per year in the late 2000s, fatalities by motor vehicle collisions have steadily increased. This descriptive analysis examines police vehicle crashes during specific conditions such as emergency response, road surface, lighting, and weather in a large statewide police agency. Police vehicle crashes are most likely to occur on dry roads, in daylight conditions, and in clear weather on weekdays as opposed to weekends. Weather and lighting conditions are not the most frequent factors associated with cruiser crashes in this examination.


(C) 2016 ILETSB. Posted by the express permission of Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB), with full text to be released on 12/1/2018. Until then, the article may be purchased at Law Enforcement Executive Forum's web site, .

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Lambert, D. (2016). Attributes of Police Vehicle Crashes. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 16(3):13-24.