Despite Traffic Fatalities, Some Police Don’t Wear Seat Belts On Duty


The fact that many police officers don’t wear seat belts on duty came as a surprise to me. You would think that the police, more than anyone except possibly emergency medical technicians, would realize the hazards of driving unbelted. The Houston Chronicle recently ran a long investigative story about this subject. Please read the article. Here are the opening paragraphs:

There’s an open secret about seat belts at police departments. Many officers killed in line-of-duty car crashes aren’t wearing them.

Dozens of officers across the country have died in crashes while not wearing seat belts in recent years — at least 64 between 2004 and 2008 alone, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data analyzed for the Houston Chronicle. About 40 percent of officers killed in wrecks during that time period weren’t buckled up, the analysis showed.

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