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Continued: Buckling down to get cops to buckle up

  • Article by: TAMI ABDOLLAH , Associated Press
  • Last update: December 11, 2013 - 8:03 PM

To that end, the department has created a training video for the anniversary of the collision — the worst in its history — to educate officers.

“They’re not listening to the training, and they’re still driving out there like they’re invincible,” said Capt. Ann Young, who heads the LAPD’s Central Traffic Division and worked on the video. “If you stop and think for a minute, you know, I’ve got a loved one to get home to, they’re depending on me every night.”

And ultimately, if officers don’t buckle up and they’re in a wreck, they are not able to help the public they’re rushing to aid.

The California Highway Patrol implemented a safety program this year and has nearly 100 percent seat belt compliance.

“You have to write reports over and over on fatalities, and not wearing a seat belt is always a factor,” said John Hamm, who heads the union. “I mean, what other education can you have?”

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