Friday, December 7, 2018

Montgomery County Police Cruisers Injure Pedestrian, Cyclist

Two Montgomery County police cruisers have been involved in accidents within the span of 30 days which seriously injured a pedestrian and a cyclist, according to WTOP.

The first incident occurred in Bethesda on Friday November 16th, where a police cruiser struck and seriously injured a cyclist.  The cruiser was responding to a "routine service call" and did not have its emergency equipment activated.

The second incident occurred in Wheaton on December 6 at 9:30pm, where a pedestrian suffered a "traumatic injury" after being struck by a police cruiser.  “The officer driving the police vehicle was not responding to an emergency incident and did not have their emergency equipment activated at the time of the collision,” the police department said in a statement.

Police are generally permitted to violate traffic laws, including speed limits, with the typically stated reason being that they have specialized training and equipment which makes it safe for them to do so.