Car Struck Police Officer in Williamston, South Carolina
WILLIAMSTON, SC- Foxcarolina.com writes that a car struck a police officer earlier this week. The officer responded to an earlier call when another vehicle struck him. When medics arrived at the scene, they stated that the injured officer was conscious.*
Responders brought the man to the St. Francis Hospital for treatment. The police chief stated that the injured officer has now been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.
While police work is considered dangerous, many people are surprised to learn that the leading cause of officer deaths is not gunshots or violence. More police officers are killed in traffic incidents every year than any other cause. Officers responding to the scenes of crashes are placed in vulnerable situations where they must investigate the scene of an accident and provide assistance to victims in locations that may be close to the flow of traffic. As first responders, officers end up vulnerable and can be struck by other cars that fail to see the crash scene.
Another problem officers face is risks associated with driving to the location of an emergency. When responding to calls, officers turn on their lights and tend to travel at high rates of speed. While drivers are meant to clear the way for emergency vehicles, these situations can create confusion and lead to collisions between police vehicles and other cars on the road.
After studies have indicated the scope of the problem, experts are telling officers to slow their vehicles down when responding to calls. In many cases, the police may be facing more dangers on their way to a call than they are once they arrive.
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Sources:https://www.foxcarolina.com/news/williamston-police-chief-officer-hit-by-car-while-working-crash/article_0db9bfd4-36cd-11ea-891b-f7435e32bb80.html and https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/leo/default.html and https://www.cnn.com/2016/07/29/politics/police-traffic-deaths-national-law-enforcement-officers-memorial-fund/index.html
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