This report presents the results of a law enforcement fleet crash study. Some of the major findings are as follows: In terms of the frequency with which law enforcement vehicles are involved in crashes, a wide disparity exists between the overall crash experience of the state police/highway patrol agencies and those of the municipal law enforcement agencies. Crashes are almost twice as frequent among municipal agencies as among state police/highway patrols. While the state agency crash rate between the 1986 study and the current study almost doubled (7.6 crashes per million miles travelled vs. 13.12), the municipal agency rate changed very little (35.2 crashes per million miles travelled vs. 36.46). Comparing crash rates per millions of miles travelled of municipal law enforcement agencies by population served shows that crash risks are greatly reduced in lower population areas. The greatest crash rate of 40.54 is in the 500,000 to 999,999 population. All other populations are well below the 36.46 crash rate. Further information is provided in the following areas: Where these crashes occur; Injury producing crashes; When the injury crashes occur; Fatal crashes involving law enforcement officers; Crashes resulting in property damage; and What these crashes cost a law enforcement agency.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • Corporate Authors:

    International Association of Chiefs of Police

    11 Firstfield Road
    Gaithersburg, MD  United States  20760
  • Publication Date: 1995-9


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures;
  • Pagination: 19 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00719542
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-808 308
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1996 12:00AM