SAFE Driving—The Role of the Chief

Traffic collisions take more lives and end more careers for law enforcement officers than any other event—felonious or accidental. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), 2009 was a “good” traffic year: Law enforcement traffic related fatalities declined more than 20 percent from 2008.1 Sadly, however, traffic remains the leading cause of death for law enforcement officers nationwide. Traffic consistently claims more officer lives than firearms and, in most years, all felonious assaults combined. This has been the trend for more than a decade.