Lawmen Go Through Driver Safety Course

Every police officer in North Carolina has to go through at least 40 hours of day and night drivers training. That's because automobile accidents are one of the leading causes of deaths in law enforcement.

Greene County Deputy David Jennings Dawson III is the second lawman in the state to die in a vehicle crash since the weekend. Early Saturday morning Winston-Salem Officer Russell Willingham was killed when he lost control of his patrol car, and crashed into trees. The officer was trapped in his vehicle and died at the scene.

The Officer Down Memorial Page says in North Carolina traffic accidents are the second leading cause of death for law enforcement officers, behind gunfire. Officers dying in vehicle pursuits are third. Since 2000 there have been 18 officers killed because of traffic accidents in the state.

That website says Dawson is the fifth lawmen killed in the state this year.

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