PursuitSAFETY supports federal and state legislation designed to strike a proper balance between the rights and expectations of innocent bystanders and motorists against the need for police vehicular pursuits and response calls.
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ACTION ITEM: In memory of his son, Paul Farris, PursuitSAFETY's chairman emeritus Jon Farris has set up a change.org petition to prevent unnecessary police pursuits and save innocent victim lives.
Click here to sign the petition.
Campaigning for Safety
Victims' advocates brought awareness & the importance of "pursuit reduction technology" to The Hill.
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Sister of Belmont woman killed in police chase takes her plea to Capitol Hill.
Adam Shapiro, Texas legislative correspondent for U.S. Senator John Cornyn, thanks Esther Seoanes for explaining how pursuit reduction technology might have saved her husband James' life.
PursuitSAFETY chairman Jon Farris talks with Lisa Kaplan, Minnesota legislative correspondent for U.S. Senator Amy J. Klobuchar, about the need to include pursuit reduction technology in the Byrne Grant and COPS technology funding for police.
Massachusetts: Supported Stricter Penalties, HB 4462. PursuitSAFETY's Letter (pdf)
Tennessee: We worked with the Tennessee Association for Justice (TAJ) and blocked a measure that was picking up traction: HB 2907. We opposed this measure for the express purpose to prevent death of and injury to police officers and innocent bystanders. The measure would have weakened the supervisory component when officers conducted police chases. Jim Bilbo, on behalf of the TAJ, wrote to PursuitSAFETY: "We believe your communication to the House Judiciary Committee members was helpful in this development." PursuitSAFETY's Letter (sent via email).
PursuitSAFETY supports HB 1030
State of Washington
HB 1030: Enhancing the Penalty for Eluding a Police Vehicle.
PursuitSAFETY's Letter of Support dated February 18, 2008.
Gov. Chris Gregoire signed HB 1030 March 28, 2008