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LAPD to Officers: Buckle Up On Duty

December 12, 2013  | 

The Los Angeles Police Department has a new seatbelt education effort after Inspector General Alex Bustamante found that up to 37 percent of officers involved in accidents in 2012 weren't wearing seatbelts, reports The Associated Press.

LAPD is using the 25th anniversary of a tragedy to highlight the problem. On Dec. 12, 1988, three officers died after being thrown from the two LAPD cruisers they were in that collided at a Skid Row intersection. One officer left behind a pregnant fiancee; another left a pregnant widow.

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Trigger @ 12/12/2013 5:12 PM I have heard a million excuses and made up a few myself but if it were not for the seat belt I would not be typing this message, they do work.

GAPP @ 12/12/2013 10:11 PM

40 plus years of working the street with the seatbelt on. It works, it doesn't slow you down and you can access your equipment with it on...pending you get the right equipment or your Dept procurer does and tests it. Now looking forward to another 40 years with Airbags too!!

Todd @ 12/13/2013 5:55 AM

Reinforcing Practice with your seatbelt on. No excuses.

Capt. Crunch @ 12/13/2013 12:06 PM

Seat belts are good,but please do not miss understand me. When driving in high crime areas doing less then 20 mph I use to leave mine off, so that I could jump out of the vehicle faster and not worry about my equiptment getting hung up on the belt. I also arrested a few suspects who tried to bolt on me but they forgot to unsnap their belt,which prevented them from leaving their vehicle. If your department requires you to wear one at all times then I would practice getting out of the patrol car using the seat belt until I got it down to a science.

LLC @ 12/13/2013 7:29 PM

I agree with Capt. Crunch. I've worked high crime areas. Gunfire, people yelling obscenities at you and on one occasion, gunfire directed at me while traveling down the street. I didn't ware my seat belt a whole lot. I may have issued 1 seat belt citation over many years ... that happened only because of a supervisor's order. For those of you who haven't worked such areas or you're some kind of a superhero, pat yourselves on the back. I won't.

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