After Idaho State troopers had four cars crashed in one day during the nasty snow days, the GUARDIAN thought it might be interesting to find out just how many cop cars got whacked as a result of bad roads–either while parked or being driven.
Perhaps more interesting than the numbers was the back story of gathering the info and the responses to the question which was “how many crashes and how many cars in your fleet.” We contacted Idaho State Police, Boise PD, Ada County Sheriff, and Meridian PD.
ISP got back to us within the hour and reported 9 wrecked cars out of a a state wide fleet of 166.
Meridian PD didn’t have any crashes, but went to great lengths to provide details of a vehicle that had minor undercarriage damage. Also minor damage to a patrol car push bumper used to help a stranded motorist. They spent $85 to diagnose suspected traction control issue,but nothing was amiss.
Ada County Sheriff reported two, “minor low speed crashes. The damage was cosmetic in both, which resulted in minimal repair costs.”
Boise PD suffered four vehicles incrashes resulting in two “non-driveable” vehicles. Their fleet is generally considered 134 patrol vehicles along with a total of about 150 marked and unmarked “take home cars.”
We tried to get some data from the U.S. Postal Service, but the fleet staff refused to provide any information saying we would have to contact “some sort of regional authority.”
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