Cops & seat belts

In South Africa, more police die in car crashes than are murdered, as reported here. For the period 2012-2015, on-duty police crash deaths exceeded assault fatalities by 117 to 93, while the off-duty gap was even greater at 71% (313 to 183). According to one observer, “I was a reservist for seven years or so and I spent many months following police for research, and only once in my life did I see a policeman use a safety belt.” SAPS says using seat belts is “imperative” but stops short of making it mandatory.

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