Pursuits take place everyday, sometimes in your community. "Innocent bystanders are 20 times more likely to be killed than the officer when a police chase goes awry," reports The Huntsville Times in Alabama. You will read about PursuitSAFETY and hear what our board members have to say in the following articles:
Police Pursuits Have Injured Thousands of Californians
nbclosangeles.com, June 18, 2012: For three years Candy Priano worked with her state senator to advance life-saving legislation that he called "Kristie's Law," named for Candy's daughter. The final bill proposed a statewide pursuit policy that would have allowed pursuits only when a fleeing suspect posed an imminent public danger. In lieu of "Kristie's Law," the state legislature passed law enforcement's bill that included discretionary measures and minimally enhanced penalties. It became state law in 2006. This NBC investigative report addresses Candy's legislative work with Senator Sam Aanestad and cited that "the deaths and injuries have continued apace in the state even after a law was enacted to try to reduce the number of chases and make them less dangerous. In fact, the data show that individual chases have become more deadly since the law went into effect in 2006."
Criminals run, cops chase and sometimes the public pays (pdf)
Pioneer Press, June 19, 2011: PursuitSAFETY is inspired by Bob and Mary Sanford. Read page 2 of this pdf document: A Chase, A Crash, A Limb." For Mary Sanford, even one case of a bystander killed or injured is too many. She started a website justice for maryanddan.com after her son, Dan, and his friend, Mary, were seriously injured in a St. Paul, MN, pursuit.
Hot pursuits are a deadly matter (pdf)
CityBeat, Cincinnati, OH, May 11, 2011: "Local law enforcement officers have the right to pull over anyone, but my first thought always is, if you're driving a stolen car, or if you have warrants outstanding, how likely is it that you're going to pull over?" she [Candy Priano] says. "The more likely response is flight, and these tragedies will continue to happen. They repeat themselves over and over." ... It's a reality that’s being proven true as national studies continue, weighing the danger police pursuits pose to innocent bystanders and the police officers themselves, along with the drivers fleeing police.
Deaths lead police to question chase policies
USA Today, April 22, 2010: PursuitSAFETY advisory board member, Geoffrey Alpert, a professor of criminology at the University of South Carolina who has studied police pursuits since the 1980s, says the actual number of fatalities is "three or four times higher." Another complicating factor: bystanders killed after police stop chasing suspects — even seconds afterward — are not counted.
Three Days, Four Families = Thousands Informed
April 2010: Families representing four states participated in PursuitSAFETY's first regional Information Exchange meeting in the Southwestern Illinois, St. Louis area.
Safe Speeds to Protect Innocent Bystanders
April 6 2010: Pat Lynch interview Candy Priano
Family wants to cut deaths from police pursuits
Cincinnati Enquirer, December 25, 2009: Johnny Kallmeyer should be celebrating the holidays. Instead, his family will be visiting his grave. Kallmeyer was killed in 2007 when the motorcycle he was driving was struck by a criminal driving a speeding car chased by police. More than two years after that death, with Kallmeyer's killer in prison for 25 years, his family has settled a civil suit it filed against the pursuing police and is active in a national group that advocates for police pursuits that don't kill.