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  •  Yes, there is a safer way (5+ / 0-)

    The Town of Jupiter memorial web page shows the officer standing beside a motorcycle wearing the absolute minimum safety helmet*, horse riding boots, and no other protective equipment.  That is just not smart.  

    I feel very sad for this officer's family and friends, but he and his department did not do their best to protect him.  Consider arming a police officer with a .22 caliber pistol and only three cartridges, and half a bullet proof vest, and you have an idea of how his motorcycle riding protective equipment is lacking.

    A full face helmet with a flip-up front works fine for police officers.  A motorcycle riding jacket of abrasion resistant mesh material for Florida heat with spine protection, and shoulder and elbow protection, work very well and are widely available.  An inflatable air bag vest or coat that automatically inflates to protect from the tailbone, around the torso, to the neck is easily available (I wear one while riding).  Abrasive resistant mesh pants with hip and knee protection is available, along with protective boots and gloves.  All can be configured to work well for law enforcement in any weather.

    Also to be considered if whether the officers allowed adequate time for the drivers to respond to their commands and if they always gave themselves an escape route.  Here is a graphic video of the wrong way to do their job.

    *The only worse helmets are the "novelty helmets" that have a fraction of an inch of comfort padding inside a thin plastic shell.  These are widely worn by riders who protest the helmet laws but want to look like they're wearing a real helmet so they don't get stopped by an officer.  A salad bowl on their head would be as much protection.

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