The number of people killed in traffic crashes and crashes resulting in injuries in the U.S. is climbing every year.
The number of accidents and deaths in 2015, the most recent year for which reliable statistics are available, topped 1,600, and the number of traffic fatalities has more than doubled since 2000.
But there are still plenty of highway patrol officers who make the most of their job, and in the case of the Highway Patrol in Florida, a number of them are being let go.
In the last year, the Florida Highway Patrol lost four officers and a captain, as well as two deputies and a sergeant.
“It’s devastating to lose two members of our dedicated force,” said Brigadier General David Dorman, head of the agency’s Transportation and Public Safety Division.
“Our first priority is to ensure our members are safe on the roads, and we’re working to ensure that all troopers are well-equipped to do their jobs safely.”
The agency is still working to replace all of its officers who left in the last two years, but the turnover rate is much higher than the overall attrition rate.
“This is a tragic situation, but it’s one that we’re going to have to deal with as a group,” Dorman said.
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