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Missouri
Population: 5,672,579

In 2003, NHTSA reports 13 known* fatalities by pursuit crashes in Missouri; eight were innocent victims. Deaths of passengers -- including children -- in the chased vehicles are not counted as innocent victims. Their deaths are counted as "occupants of chased vehicles."

Missouri Department of Public Safety

Google: Missouri Police Pursuit

Google:
Missouri Police Chase

National Association of Police Organizations

National Sheriffs' Association


Drive & Stay Alive: Police Pursuits

"Police are realizing that chasing suspects at high speeds through populated areas
just isn't worth the risk," Geoff Alpert, an expert on police pursuits, says.


*Police pursuit deaths are under-reported for many reasons, click here.


Reported Deaths
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.

Missouri Laws Governing
Police Vehicular Pursuit
Missouri on "immunity."
Under the state Tort Claims Act, a person suing a governmental agency generally cannot receive more than $300,000.

Officer Accountability
TheState.com: State faces suits over car chase October 8, 2005
Columbia, SC, ... ordered other troopers to "go get him," which led to a high-speed chase over ... says troopers did not follow Highway Patrol policy for car chases because they ...

According to a 2004 Executive Brief by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the State of Missouri does mandate that all jurisdictions must have a written pursuit policy that governs all pursuit-related activities, and specifies whether to initiate a pursuit, who to pursue, why and when to end a pursuit, and how to report a pursuit.

Research in progress

Officer Training
Research in progress

Missouri Penalties
for Fleeing

These penalties are for fleeing only.
Research in progress

Missouri's Penalties for Fleeing Juveniles
Research in progress

Pending Missouri Legislation
on Police Pursuits
Research in progress

Media reports on Missouri pursuits
HeraldOnline: Police action may have saved lives, officials say ... A Rock Hill police supervisor's decision to call off a high-speed car chase Tuesday — less than five minutes after it began — may have saved innocent lives, an expert says. ... It's the latest example of a growing trend among law agencies across the nation, said Geoff Alpert, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri and an expert on police pursuits. ... January 6, 2005

TheState.com: LAWMAKERS should demand new police pursuit guidelines ... This is the latest, sad chapter in a recurring story line: Innocent motorists and bystanders often get injured or killed during high-speed chases. ... July 25, 2004 (link no longer available)

Media reports nationwide
USA Today: Police pressured to call off chase
January 5, 2003

Innocent Victims of Missouri Pursuits

For more information, "Google" names.

Missouri Case Laws
on Police Pursuits
Research in progress

 

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