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Ohio
Population: 11,421,267

In 2003, NHTSA reports 12 known* fatalities by pursuit crashes in Ohio; six 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."

Ohio State Police

Google: Ohio Police Pursuit

Google:
Ohio Police Chase

National Association of Police Organizations

National Sheriffs' Association


Drive & Stay Alive: Police Pursuits


*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.

Ohio Laws Governing
Police Vehicular Pursuit
Research in progress

Officer Accountability
According to a 2004 Executive Brief by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the State of Ohio 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. The report does not state whether or not law enforcement agencies are held accountable if officers fail to follow the policy.

Officer Training
Research in progress

Ohio Penalties
for Fleeing

These penalties are for fleeing only. Research in progress

Ohio's Penalties for Fleeing Juveniles
Research in progress

Pending Ohio Legislation
on Police Pursuits

Media reports on Ohio pursuits
Cincinnati Post: High-speed chases are risky November 26, 2004


News-Herald.com: Departments put brakes on chases
... Joyce Beatty, D-Columbus, who has been trying for more than three years to require an annual review of policies on high-speed police chases. ...
November 6, 2004

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

Innocent Victims of Ohio Pursuits

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Ohio Case Laws
on Police Pursuits

 

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