Line-of-Duty Officer Deaths Declined in 2013 to Lowest Recorded in Over 50 Years
By Sarah Ford on February 4, 2014
At MADD, we consider law enforcement to be our first, most natural partner. These are our heroes that make our roadways safe. They work long hours, deal with difficult situations, and put themselves in danger on a daily basis—and some pay the ultimate price.
In 2013, line-of-duty deaths among law enforcement officers in the United States declined to its lowest recorded number in over 50 years, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. But traffic-related incidents still accounted for 46 deaths—the most of any other on-duty fatality:
- 31 officers were killed in automobile crashes
- 11 officers were struck and killed while outside of their vehicles
- Four officers were killed in motorcycle crashes
The National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund has 10 easy steps you can take to make our roadways safer for officers and others and to help decrease officer injuries and fatalities: