The purpose of this paper is to provide an understanding of the law enforcement auto liability exposure and negligent vehicle operations for law enforcement and to specify commonly accepted practices of loss control for this area.

Executive Summary.

Quantifying the Exposure: Law enforcement auto liability is a concern for any law enforcement agency with vehicles and personnel on the road. Year after year, motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death in the workplace. They are also one of the leading causes of accidental death in the U.S. with over 19,000 fatalities in 2018, 234 of which were in Washington state (data provided by the National Safety Council). The good news is the numbers are improving nationally and on a statewide basis, with fewer vehicle accidents and fewer fatalities.

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