Each year approximately 300 deaths occur as the result of about 30,000 police chases according to the Natio...
Each year approximately 300 deaths occur as the result of about 30,000 police chases according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Now, those numbers may soon start to decrease, with the introduction of a new prototype technology that improves safety on the road during one of the most dangerous situations -- high speed police pursuits involving stolen vehicles. The technology, known as Stolen Vehicle Slowdown, can allow OnStar advisors working with law enforcement to send a signal to a stolen vehicle to reduce engine power, slowing the vehicle down gradually.
Gradually and safely slowing a fleeing vehicle can protect innocent bystanders and police officers. The NHTSA agrees that this technology can save lives, prevent property damage and make our roadways safer. The Stolen Vehicle Slowdown will be made available on more than 1.7 million 2009 vehicles. OnStar currently receives approximately 700 Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance requests each month.
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