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North Carolina
Population: 8,320,146

In 2003, NHTSA reports 23 known* fatalities by pursuit crashes in North Carolina; 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."

North Carolina Department of Crime Control & Public Safety

Google: North Carolina Police Pursuit

North Carolina 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.

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

Officer Accountability
The Robesonian: Fairmont OKs manual for Police Department October 20, 2005
Lumberton, NC ... Under the new policy, officers who initiate car chases must weigh the violation with the danger a high-speed chase presents to the public. ...

Research in progress

Officer Training
Research still in progress

North Carolina Penalties
for Fleeing

These penalties are for fleeing only.
Research in progress

North Carolina's Penalties for Fleeing Juveniles
Research in progress

Pending North Carolina Legislation
on Police Pursuits
Research in progress

Media reports on North Carolina pursuits
Needless chases; needless deaths
The Voice of Southeastern North Carolina March 25, 2005

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

Innocent Victims of North Carolina Pursuits

For more information, "Google" names.

North Carolina Case Laws
on Police Pursuits
Research in progress


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