Do Police Chases Really Keep You Safer?

His life was changed forever as a repair man from North Georgia was thrown from his ladder back in 2014. Since then he has had two bone graphs, three plates with 18 screws inserted into his arm, and other medical procedures that have added up to nearly $200,000, and the people he alleges are responsible for his injuries are refusing to pay a dime.

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The North Georgia repairman was fixing a sign in Lumpkin County when he heard police sirens and the screech of tires on the pavement below. Suddenly the man was flying 30 feet through the air before crashing back down to earth. The sign that he was fixing, and his ladder had been struck by a stolen truck.

The police had chased the stolen vehicle all across the city before deciding to end the chase with a PIT maneuver—a trick meant to crash another vehicle in a controlled fashion. However, the police maneuver went out of control. The repairman suffered critical injuries and had to be rushed to the hospital, and almost two years later the man is still recovering. He believes that the injuries he suffered were unnecessary.

Do Police Chases Really Keep You Safer?

From 1979 through 2013, 11,506 people have died in police chases, and over 5,000 of those deaths were innocent bystanders or passengers—it’s estimated that tens of thousands more have been injured by these chases. Here in Georgia, 585 people have died in police chases, and 239 of those people had nothing to do with the circumstances that caused the chase. A study performed by USA Today found that most of the chases that cause these crashes are the result of minor infractions.

The repairman has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the Georgia State Patrol for the ill-fated PIT maneuver that caused his injuries, and right now the GSP is claiming immunity from the charges. He claims that he is 100 percent in favor of the police, but he is 100 percent against their policy of chasing vehicles involved in non-loss-of-life crimes.

What do you think? Should GSP pay the repairman’s medical bills? Should the police stop chasing vehicles involved in minor infractions like speeding? Let us know what you think on our Twitter and Facebook pages.



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