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03-10-08, 02:32 AM #21
Sacramento P.D. General Orders require that you use seatbelts at all times althoug most officers release prior to arrival.
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03-10-08, 02:34 AM #22
Mine's on all the time with the obvious exceptions of when I'm pulling up to a call and when I am about to flip on my overheads and stop a car. I can't give you an exact figure or anything, but I've been told a million times that the number one cause of in-the-line-of-duty death for cops is car crashes. And it isn't even close. I spend 75% of my shift in my car driving around, and I've seen the way these jackasses around here drive and I don't want to die that way. I practice undoing the seat belt quickly, so I don't think that's an issue.
03-10-08, 04:16 AM #23
I always wear it, on-duty and off-duty. When I was 18, I hit a tree, and my best friend and his 3-year-old daughter were killed. I spent 2 weeks in a coma and busted a lot of bones. If any of us had been wearing seatbelts, none of us would have suffered more than minor injuries.For the morning will come. Brightly will it shine on the brave and true, kindly upon all who suffer for the cause, glorious upon the tombs of heroes. Thus will shine the dawn.
03-10-08, 09:39 AM #24
Wear mine all the time,,,been shot at once in 20 years, had vest on, been in 5 crashes (none my fault) one would have taken me out easy without the seatbelt. Time enough to get it off just before going out on a call takes less time than radioing in.
03-11-08, 02:23 AM #25
03-12-08, 06:51 AM #26
(that is not to say that I think a seatbelt would have made a difference based on the rear-end hit in your deal... just that you were plain old lucky that you didn't get hurt with the amount of damage that the car received)
Anyway, Colorado does have some type of exemption for LE officers in the performance of their duties. Unfortunately I don't recall the exact stipulations of the statute, and I'm too tired to look it up.
As Slick has mentioned, our department doesn't really care, but has implied that they might hose a guy if they aren't wearing their seatbelts in a crash (however, this fortunately didn't hold true for a recent higher-profile crash that took place in our district).
Personally, I almost always wear my seatbelt. They have saved me in the past, and I feel that (statistically) my odds of dying are greater from a car crash than they are from being ambushed and unable to get out of the car fast enough! I've practiced getting out of my car in a hury, and the seat belt doesn't slow me down too much, just because I'm used to it
My exceptions are usually circumstance based... I'll often pop the belt off while driving alleys at night, and I'll usually take it off a couple of blocks away from hot calls.
03-17-08, 07:07 PM #27
Wreck from today,no belts 7 y/o w/m juv. 9 y/o w/m 12 y/o w/f,and Momma,the 2 males were ejected(1 on the first flip,the other on the 3rd flip)f/juvenile pssgr trapped(jaws used) momma has a peeled back scalp.All will survive and can sit around with coat hangers scratching under each others casts.
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