By Ken Selvaggi WAVE 3 Vice President & General Manager
Kudos to the Louisville Police Chief for making a policy change that will save lives. It will also save taxpayer money.
The new policy authorizes police chases only when a violent felony is involved, not for traffic violations or drug dealing.
In the past five years, eight people have been killed during high speed chases in Metro Louisville. Two were young girls who were crossing the street near the University of Louisville and were struck by the driver of a car being pursued by police as part of a traffic stop.
In the past two years, there have been more than 400 LMPD accidents and 40 percent of them were ruled the officers fault.
Repair bills for damaged police cruisers totaled just under $1 million the past three years.
LMPD officers get 40 hours of driver training before being sworn in and an hour refresher course every year. There is no good reason to risk the safety of innocent civilians as well as police officers to try to apprehend people who are suspected of committing non-violent crimes.
We expect the new policy will prove to be a wise one.