"The National Institute of Justice has collaborated with fire service and automotive engineering agencies on several studies that address roadway safety. Increasing emergency vehicle visibility and developing training and tools aimed at keeping first responders safe on the road have emerged as next steps in the effort to prevent future tragedies. Preliminary data for 2009 from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund show that for the 12th year in a row, more officers were killed in the line of duty in traffic incidents than from any other cause of death, including shootings. These incidents comprise automobile and motorcycle crashes as well as officers struck while outside their vehicles. In 2009, 56 law enforcement officers had died in traffic-related incidents, accounting for close to 50 percent of officer deaths for the year. In the previous year, 28 out of the 118 firefighters who died while on duty were killed in vehicle crashes. Another five firefighters were struck and killed by vehicles. These sobering numbers clearly show the need to protect law enforcement officers, firefighters and other first responders as they perform their duties on the nation's streets and highways."
National Criminal Justice Reference Service: http://www.ncjrs.gov/index.html
NIJ Journal (April 2010), no.265, p.10-15