The injury suffered by a sunbather is just one of several Jacksonville Beach personal injury accidents involving police cars. After the May 1 run-over of Ann Marie Giffin, the Florida Times Union’s Shorelines newspaper, which covers the beaches, conducted a review of auto crashes involving city police.
The report found that 25 crashes involved police over a one-year time period from 2008 to 2009. Among them, the beach run-over of Giffin, and also in May, Cpl. Robbie Bacon collision with a motorcyclist. The biker fractured his left femur after he was ejected from his bike in the motorcycle accident in Jacksonville Beach. That officer is still on the job, however and is on administrative duty.
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Police officers are expected to uphold the law and show model behavior on the road. During the survey period, eight crashes involved officers who were at fault in Jacksonville Beach. The other eight involved no injuries and just minor damage.
The public is slow to forgive when officers do not protect but instead harm the public. In regards to the motorcycle accident, Cpl. Bacon had returned from a forced probation after showing up at the department off-duty but drunk. He returned to work one week after the accident. Alcohol or drugs were not involved, according to Police Chief Bruce Thomason. From a legal point of view, Bacon could be considered a liability unless his force can vouch for him.
Interestingly, the review shows that the majority of auto accidents occur when a police car is backing up, usually when someone runs into them. Overall, with at least 50 to 75 miles per shift, Jacksonville Beach police cars are relatively problem free with very few police chases, which definitely endanger the public. Let’s hope they stay this way.
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