High-speed chases come with con­se­quences

Cecil Whig - - OPINION - FROM: RE­BECCA J. DEMMLER CHILDS

On Aug. 8, we read of a death di­rectly re­lated to a po­lice chase at high speeds. The fol­low­ing Satur­day yet an­other chase re­sulted in in­juries to the one be­ing chased and in­jury to an in­no­cent and se­ri­ous dam­age to his ve­hi­cle.

When of­fenses are com­mit­ted, the po­lice must feel a com­pul­sion to im­me­di­ately catch the “bad guy.” I can’t help won­der if those in pur­suit con­sider the in­no­cent drivers along the way who likely can be cat­a­stroph­i­cally in­volved.

In the case of the Aug. 13 speeder, surely the chas­ing of­fi­cer was aware that road is hilly, curvy and some­what dan­ger­ous even at nor­mal speeds. Where is the logic of chas­ing un­der those conditions? Was the orig­i­nal of­fense of speed­ing of suf­fi­cient mag­ni­tude to war­rant the dan­ger to those who hap­pened to also be us­ing this road?

In the ear­lier chase of the stolen ve­hi­cle, surely the de­scrip­tion was avail­able to other of­fi­cers. When speeds reached dan­ger­ous lev­els, wouldn’t it be log­i­cal to weigh the ob­vi­ous dan­ger to oth­ers and to back off? This chase re­sulted in a dam­aged ve­hi­cle and in­jury to a law-abid­ing mo­torist and the death of the per­son driv­ing the stolen ve­hi­cle.

I can only hope and pray that I, or those I love, are not on the road dur­ing the next high-speed chase.

Re­becca Demmler is a former Ce­cil County Com­mis­sioner.

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