In fact, a new investigation has revealed that motor vehicle accidents caused by speeding police officers have occurred hundreds of times in Florida over the last eight years. In one year, a South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper investigation found nearly 800 officers from 12 Florida law enforcement agencies drove between 90 and 130 miles per hour (mph) on state highways. In one instance, a man was even left paralyzed after being injured by police high-speed driving.
It is necessary for police to speed from time to time. But unless an officer is in pursuit of a suspect, speeding in excess of 100 mph can be dangerous and put other motorists at risk of an accident. In several cases in the investigation, the officers were not responding to emergencies or protecting the public, they were simply on patrol driving recklessly and at excessive speeds. This behavior is considered a threat to public safety by some safety advocates.
Florida State Highway Patrol is seeking ways to maintain responsibility within their departments, but short of placing squad cars on the road to regulate those that are meant to regulate us, it must be a situation of responsibility and trust.
If you or a family member has been injured due to a car accident caused by a speeding police officer, you may be entitled to compensation. Call attorney Mike Hancock at 813-915-1110 to learn all damages you are entitled to recover.
Source: CBS News, “Extreme Police Speeding Investigated in Florida,” Mark Strassmann, 3/20/2012.
Posted in Car Accidents on Tuesday, May 1, 2012.