We talk a lot about officer safety here. Frankly, I hate going to funerals – especially those of police officers and deputies. That is one of the primary reasons that I got into training: to prevent funerals.
Well, it may be cool to talk firearms and groundfighting, but here is one simple officer safety tactic you can use to staf safe: wear your seatbelt. Stats show that motor vehicle accidents were the leading cause of death for police officers during the past 13 years. Surveys show that 50% of cops aren’t wearing their seatbelts.
Need me to draw a picture? I hope not, but consider that officers not wearing a seatbelt are 2.6x more likely to die in an auto accident. The vast majority of you reading this will wear a bullet resistant vest on duty today, but about half of you won’t wear a seatbelt. What are you thinking?
Worries about having to jump out of your car quickly are just an excuse for not putting on your seatbelt. Try this…wear your seat belt and when creeping through a parking lot, unbuckle it. As soon as you get ready to pull out onto a road, snap it back on. It doesn’t take much time, and it can save your life.
I’ve been in two on-duty accidents, and both times the seatbelt saved me from any serious injury. If you aren’t wearing your seatbelt, you aren’t preparing yourself to survive tonight’s shift.