Police departments across the country often proudly announce when they acquire a new canine officer. Though much time and money is spent training these animals, they can prove to be a liability, especially when they break training. There have been several incidents in the Minneapolis area involving innocent victims suffering serious wounds from dog bites inflicted by canine officers.
This past June, a police chase ended in a driver trying to avoid arrest by plowing through a school playground. Three little children suffered serious injuries when the vehicle ran over them. This tragedy may emphasize the need for Minnesota State Police to revise their chase policies to try and prevent more injuries due to tragic car accidents.
Minnesota law requires motorists to yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian in a marked crossing as soon as he or she has left the safety of the sidewalk. Though the law is stated clearly, there have been countless pedestrian accidents that have resulted in serious injuries. Recent enforcement campaigns have shed light on how widespread the dangers are when drivers fail to obey this law.
Those who work for the United States Postal Service provide an invaluable service throughout the nation. They work in all climates and endure the hardships of harsh weather and unfavorable environmental conditions, including negotiating the traffic and road conditions in large cities and rural areas. They also face another hazard -- unprovoked animal attacks that occur too frequently in cities such as Minneapolis.
Every year, Minnesota police respond to numerous reports of collisions involving motorcycles. There have been three riders who have recently died in tragic motorcycle accidents. Though one of those crashes may have been caused by operator error, two of those deaths resulted from the actions of another motorist.