D.C. Police Fleet Plagued by Preventable Accidents

Apr 07, 2010

Police officers in the Washington, D.C. area have been involved in hundreds of  “vehicular collisions that could have been avoided had the drivers adhered to traffic laws and basic roadway etiquette,” each year, according to a report in the Washington Examiner.

D.C. police officers were involved in 237 accidents last fiscal year and more than 600 others the prior year, according to the Examiner. 

“These guys are sometimes the worst drivers out there,” John Townsend, AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman, told the Examiner.

In fiscal 2009, according to D.C. statistics, District police employees sideswiped vehicles in parking lots, reversed into numerous “fixed objects,” and opened their doors into traffic. They passed and backed up without caution, failed to control speed to avoid colliding, made unsafe U-turns, followed too close, drove on sidewalks, changed lanes without caution, and ran red lights. At least three failed to place their cars in park. One failed to “pay full time attention” as he operated his Segway.

Fortunately, no fatalities have resulted from any of the accidents this year, according to the Examiner.