OBGR Hosts Colorado PRIMA Meeting on Safe Law Enforcement Driving
As Distracted Driving Awareness Month comes to a close, drivers must remember to remain cautious and minimize distractions while operating a motor vehicle. Whether drivers are behind the wheel of their personal or public entity vehicle, nothing is safer than simply keeping their eyes on the road. Unfortunately for public servants, driving is not their only task while behind the wheel whether it’s a police cruiser, fire truck or ambulance. Law enforcement officers, specifically, must perform a variety of tasks including operating computers while running license plates, talking on a cell phone, receiving a dispatch call via emergency radio, utilizing the GPS system, all while the vehicle is in motion. Additionally, the placement of in-vehicle computers, shotgun racks, emergency equipment, and detainment cages may become a contributing obstruction within the car leading to distracted driving by law enforcement officers.
In order to minimize the risks associated with distracted driving police chiefs, administrators, and risk managers should review their policies and procedures prior to an accident which could lead to a large loss insurance claim or lawsuit.
OneBeacon Government Risks’ Risk Management Field Consultant, Julie Frisbey-Decker, explains how reducing the frequency of backing into parking spaces is directly linked to accident prevention for law enforcement officers.
OneBeacon Insurance was privileged to host the Colorado Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) monthly meeting in the Denver office. This month’s topic, “Obstructions to Safe Law Enforcement Driving,” was presented by Decker and OBGR Risk Control Manager, Kenny Smith.
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