National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Reports on fatalities due to violent pursuit crashes, click here.
2003 NHTSA report by state, click here.
2002 NHTSA report by state, click here.
1992 through 2001 NHTSA reports by state, click here.
Florida's Laws Governing Police Vehicular Pursuit
Florida's law enforcement officers are required to follow their pursuit policies. If an innocent bystander is injured or killed in a pursuit crash, the family is able to take the public entity that employs the officer to court and have the officers prove in a court of law whether or not the policy was followed. If it is proven that the officers failed to follow their policy, the plaintiff can receive up to $200,000 under the state's limited liability law.
Florida's Penalties for Fleeing
On June 30, 2004, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush signed into law HB 295. This law definitely has the punishment fitting the crime. Read the details at pursuitwatch.org.
Florida's Penalties for Fleeing Juveniles
Research in progress
Pending Florida Legislation
on Police Pursuits
Florida lawmakers want statewide policy. State Senator Gary Siplin's Bill S2046
State Representative Bruce Antone
Bill: HB 613.
Florida's Innocent Victims
Pamela Corsen, 59, March 31, 2006
Questions surround fatal crash, possible police chase
WFTV.com 9 January 23, 2006
One driver, Edwin Alvarado, died in the crash and six others were injured, including a 2-year-old.
Media reports on Florida pursuits
Orlando Sentinel: Editorial --
January 24, 2006..."Orlando police Chief Mike McCoy is quick to express pride in his department's policy that strictly limits high-speed chases. Now that policy is facing its first serious test. Late Friday night one innocent person was killed .... McCoy's challenge is to prove that the pursuit policy is more than a collection of words."
Orlando Sentinel: Police-chase limits in Orlando succeed, civilian panel finds
April 19, 2005... Under the policy, police can only chase someone suspected of a violent forcible felony, such as murder, armed robbery and armed sexual assault. ... A national authority on police pursuits says the numbers show crime doesn't rise." The two myths that we see everywhere is that if you don't chase, everybody's going to run . . . and the crime rate is going to escalate," said Geoff Alpert, a nationally recognized authority on pursuits and policy liability, who consulted the Orlando panel. "It's really impressive; the numbers speak for themselves.
CBS News - USA: Police chases kill ... And one-third are innocent bystanders. Jim Phillips' innocent daughter Sarah was killed ...
- Mayor announces new Orlando (Florida)
Police Department Pursuit Policy
The new policy is the result of the work of a Community Panel. Among the most significant changes are:
- 1) Officers are only authorized to pursue for the Violent Forcible Felonies of Murder, Manslaughter, Armed Robbery, Rape, Armed Sexual Battery, Arson to an occupied structure, Use of explosive devices to an occupied structure, Kidnapping, Armed carjacking & Burglary armed with a firearm. All other pursuits are prohibited. For pdf file of policy, click here.
St. Petersburg Times: Ex-deputy gets probation in high-speed pursuit case
Florida's Case Laws on Police Pursuits
Research in progress