Occupant Fatalities in Law Enforcement Vehicles Involved in Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes
NHTSA: From 1980 to 2015 there were 943 crashes involving at least one occupant fatality in a law enforcement vehicle. These 943 crashes involved 948 law enforcement vehicles. A total of 998 people were killed as occupants of law enforcement vehicles in these crashes. On an annual average, over the 6 years from 2010 to 2015, there were 24 fatalities, around 90 percent of whom were drivers of the law enforcement vehicles. This analysis examines the regional distribution of the occupant fatalities in law enforcement vehicles involved in motor vehicle crashes, and the crash characteristics using data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), which is maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and is currently the only database that contains detailed information on fatal crashes involving law enforcement vehicles.