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DRIVE SAFELY

The Campaign to Decrease Officer Fatalities on the Road

In 2016, fifty-three officers died as a result of traffic-related incidents, a 10 percent increase from the 48 traffic-related deaths last year.

Twenty-eight officers were killed in automobile crashes—an 18 percent decrease from the 34 killed in 2015. Fifteen officers were struck and killed outside their vehicles this year, a 50 percent increase from 2015 when 10 officers were struck and killed. This year, 10 officers were killed in motorcycle crashes, an increase of 150 percent from the four in 2015. Seven of the traffic-related deaths were the result of an impaired driver.

Of the 28 automobile crashes in 2016, seventeen were multiple-vehicle crashes and 11 were single-vehicle crashes. Traffic-related fatalities decreased during the previous decade (2000-2009), and since 2011 they have fallen to the lowest levels since the 1950s. However, prior to 2016, traffic-related fatalities have been the leading cause of death for officers in 15 of the last 20 years.