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Police make quick decisions on pursuits, which can turn deadly
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Forty-one people died from police pursuits in California during 2020 – making it the deadliest year for chases involving law enforcement since 2006 when a state law meant to improve safety took effect. In those 15 years through 2020, a Southern California News Group analysis of data from the California Highway Patrol shows, 476 people were killed: 281 drivers fleeing police 94 passengers in suspect vehicles 91 bystanders 10 police officers Meanwhile, collisions occurred in about a quarter of the 109,941 pursuits, with more than 15,000 people suffering injuries. And the number of deaths and injuries could be higher. The...