There was a 16 percent increase in the number of police
officers killed in traffic wrecks in 2006 compared to the previous year,
according to a report from two national police organizations.
Those groups - National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial Fund, and Concerns of Police
Survivors - reported that 73 of the 151 officers killed this year died
in traffic crashes.
The groups say they don't know how many officers were wearing
seatbelts in those accidents, but a spokesman for one of the organizations said
some officers don't like to wear a seatbelt because it can interfere with
un-holstering a sidearm.