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IACP Highway Safety Committee LESS Subcommittee Minutes February 23, 2006, 1:00 P.M. ­ 5:00 P.M. Atlanta, Georgia

The February 23, 2006, meeting of the Law Enforcement Stops and Safety Subcommittee (LESSS) commenced at 1309 hours, with its Vice Chair, Deputy Commissioner Joseph A. Farrow, presiding. Commissioner Farrow advised that he was substituting for LESSS' Chair, Colonel Paul D. McClellan, whose responsibilities in Ohio had prevented his traveling to Atlanta. Following self-introductions, Commissioner Farrow advised that in Miami LESSS had promised to produce a video on pursuits, but subsequently had experienced difficulty in deciding how to address this issue for so many agencies in the country; that LESSS had planned to meet in November 2005, but had not done so because of funding issues; and that Colonel McClellan had suggested then a twoyear project with a deliverable at the Annual IACP Conference in 2007. William E. Gross, of Unity Manufacturing Company, explained Eye BeamTM, a spotlight and supplemental officer warning system, and solicited feedback on this new product, the manufacturing of which will begin later this year. A discussion ensued; the product's loudness, its activation time, and the effect of winter weather on it were covered. Commissioner Farrow emphasized that LESSS' aim remains the protection of law enforcement officers during traffic stops and other roadside contacts; that it is the best IACP subcommittee; that five California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers had been killed in traffic incidents alone in the past five months; that CHP is establishing a group to review every aspect of traffic stops; that the media attention from Good Morning America had been beneficial and has generated dialogue; and that he hopes LESSS continues to exist and knows the Highway Safety Committee (HSC) Chair, Assistant Commissioner Earl M. Sweeney, continues to support it. He thanked all present for their continued interest. Garrett Morford, NHTSA's Chief of Enforcement and Justice Services, indicated that LESSS is an active subcommittee; that SAFETEA-LU has been enacted into law, with monies earmarked for pursuits and with two more years' funding of LESSS at the current level; and that after talking with Commissioner Sweeney, he may be able to identify more travel money in conjunction with LESSS' pursuit video efforts. He introduced Highway Safety Specialist Keith D. Williams and indicated he now will be working with LESSS. Vehicle Working Group


Lieutenant James D. Wells, Jr. thanked Erik S. Jorgensen and Stacy D. Stephens for their presence, noted that Brian Geraghty was absent due to a prior commitment, and highlighted the Daimler-Chrysler Corporation's absence. He indicated that a sales manager now is in charge of Daimler-Chrysler's law enforcement program; that he had discussed with that manager the safety of the Charger's design; and that that manager had advised placing the gas tank in front of the rear axle was a satisfactory response and had balked at a 75-mileper-hour rear-end crash test without a written description of the test. Although Lieutenant Wells emphasized that the Ford Motor Company had agreed to share its crash test, Daimler-Chrysler still has not responded. Lieutenant Wells indicated that those present need to express their opinions to Daimler-Chrysler. Mr. Ashton stated that he had extended to Roxie P. Thomas on January 13, 2006, an e-mail invitation to this meeting, after Lieutenant Wells had identified her as Gerald L. Appie's replacement; she never responded. A lengthy discussion followed during which the following items were addressed:



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Lieutenant Wells reiterated that Ford's improvements to the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (CVPI) really do work; and that a Florida Highway Patrol CVPI had been struck by a full-sized Dodge pickup in 2003, a crash involving "the most force I've ever seen where the officer survived," and "everything worked" as it had been designed. Commissioner Sweeney suggested that NHTSA or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) purchase and crash a police-package Charger. Mr. Morford indicated that NHTSA would not do so; and that IIHS' laboratory may not be large enough to undertake such a test. Currently, there are no uniform standards for police-package vehicles; each manufacturer defines for itself that term. Lieutenant Wells proposed--and later withdrew--action to market "police package" vehicles in a manner to ensure they meet certain requirements, e.g., a 75-mile-per-hour rear-end crash test. Captain David Salmon advised that the New York State Police (NYSP) had experienced six-to-eight serious rear-end crashes with shield and trunk pack equipped CVPIs with no fires; and that the NYSP presently is installing fire suppression systems.

It was moved by Lieutenant Wells, seconded by Major Charles E. Andrews, and unanimously passed that Mr. Ashton prepare a letter from IACP President Mary Ann Viverette to the President of Daimler-Chrysler requesting that the Daimler-Chrysler Corporation return to LESSS. Highway Environment and Design Working Group


Major Andrews expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to work with AASHTO and thanked Dr. Anthony R. Kane for attending this meeting. Spiewak's Ed Philips advised that the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) will discuss at its March 8, 2006, meeting standards for the new "Class 2 Public Safety Vest" it had agreed to design. Dr. Kane discussed current and future AASHTO publications, as well as SAFETEA-LU § 1402, "Worker Injury Prevention and Free Flow of Vehicular Traffic," copies of which Mr. Ashton distributed to those present. Dr. Kane indicated that police officers will be included as workers on Federal highways in the forthcoming regulation. Mr. Ashton advised that his understanding is that the regulation currently being drafted will be incorporated into the 2008 revision of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and will apply to all highways; he indicated that the proposed regulation will be issued in the next few months for public comment, and that he will forward to LESSS members that proposal. Policy and Procedure Working Group Commissioner Farrow stated that this working group now is involved with pursuit guidelines; and that he would yield to Captain Raymond Fisher, President of the State and Provincial Police Planning Officers Section. Research Working Group Captain Fisher indicated that the Colorado State Patrol's Operational Development Section had reviewed pursuit decisionmaking, and then discussed and distributed "A Compilation of Research by the State and Provincial Police Planning Officers Section/State and Provincial [Police] Division of the IACP, and in Connection Herewith, A Recommendation to the L.E.S.S. Subcommittee." Commissioner Farrow thanked Captain Fisher for his efforts and then proposed that a small group--with input from Messrs. Morford and Williams--study pursuit decisionmaking, make to Commissioner Sweeney at the HSC's 2006 Midyear Meeting a report on the feasibility of proceeding, and prepare a deliverable for the 2007 Annual IACP Conference, if the decision to proceed is made.

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Lieutenant Wells suggested that pauses could be provided in the video to allow agencies to insert their policies. Senior Highway Safety Specialist Earl Hardy stated that NHTSA has updated its 2000 standalone package for pursuit training.




Commissioner Sweeney recommended that the IACP's "no one size fits all" "Vehicular Pursuit" model policy be reviewed, and that it be broken up into segments. Mr. Ashton suggested that as a result of feedback from the distribution of Your Vest Won't Stop This Bullet, some type of written material accompany the video to expand upon its content. Captain Fisher indicated that LESSS should use SAFETEA-LU, NHTSA, and the IACP to develop a national dated policy.

Captain Brigette E. Charles reported Colonel McClellan's direction:

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Colonel McClellan expects members to leave this meeting with specific tasks on which to work. He wants to continue work on pursuit decisionmaking. He also wants to complete work--using the case-study approach--on the other issues identified in Staff Study 2004 and wishes that all drafts be submitted to Lieutenant Wells, so he can have a draft report available when LESSS meets in June 2006, in San Diego. More specifically, - Lieutenant Wells will address lighting. - Ohio will address "move over, slow down" laws. - Arizona and New York will conduct more experiments on officer position and vehicle orientation at traffic stops and other roadside contacts. - Major Andrews will address visibility (ANSI) standards. And, - Charles E. Miller, III will continue work on the revision of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Injured (LEOKA).

Lieutenant Wells advised that he is aware of amputations based upon vehicle orientation; that the issue is not how hard one is struck, but the outcome; and that simulations in this regard need to be untaken. Mr. Ashton reported that he had pursued LESSS' concerns with the "Typical Applications" which were to be included in the 2008 revision of the MUTCD; and that the National Traffic Incident Management Coalition (NTIMC) had elected not to submit "Typical Applications" for the 2008 revision, although it may do so for the 2013 revision. He indicated that NTIMC members essentially had realized that suggesting specific vehicle placement for every discipline might subject agencies to litigation, since even those who agree with the concept admitted that it is not always possible to park at every incident where a diagram indicates. Mr. Jorgeson inquired how many officers had seen Your Vest Won't Stop This


Bullet. Commissioner Farrow advised that it varies: He had spoken to some groups where a large percentage had not seen it; but transportation groups have lauded it, emphasizing that replacing cruisers with highway or tow vehicles makes the video as relevant to them as it is to law enforcement. Mr. Ashton stated that VHS copies had been sent in October 2005, to the 16,174 agencies participating in the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program; and that there has been increased interest as a result of the ABC's Good Morning America and CNN's Paula Zahn NOW programs. Mr. Morford advised that NHTSA still is working toward placing the entire video on its Web site. The meeting was adjourned at approximately 1615 hours on February 23, 2006. Respectfully submitted,

Richard J. Ashton Grant/Technical Management Manager LESSS Liaison RJA:

IACP Highway Safety Committee LESS Subcommittee Attendees February 23, 2006, 1:00 P.M. ­ 5:00 P.M. Atlanta, Georgia

# 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Name Brigette Charles Garrett Morford Dave Salmon John Balser Keith Williams Juan Cardona Jack Duignan Keith Nelson Steven Casstevens Brian Ursino Tony Kane Erik Jorgensen W.E. Gross Earl Hardy L.R. "Bob" Jacob Ed Philips Gary Grant Rick Gregory Stacy Stephens Greg Kindle Charles Andrews Agency Ohio State Highway Patrol NHTSA New York State Police FHWA, Ofc. of Safety NHTSA NSA PA State Police Whelen Engineering Hoffman Estates, IL, PD Washington State Patrol AASHTO General Motors Unity Manufacturing NHTSA IPTM Spiewak Toronto Police Service Florida Highway Patrol The North Company Missouri State Highway Patrol Alabama Dept. of Public Safety Telephone Number 614/466-3120 202/366-4295 518/457-3258 202/366-9212 202/366-0543 703/838-5343 717/783-5517 860/526-9504 847/781-2804 360/586-2340 202/624-5812 248/568-5628 312/943-5200 202/366-4292 904/620-4786 817/572-3710 416/808-7747 850/488-3195 214/228-3342 573/526-6145 334/242-4428 E-Mail [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]


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