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 Other associations to use ‘Slower is Faster’ for driver safety education 

Both the N.C. Justice Academy and the Association of Law Enforcement Emergency Response Trainers, as well as the Georgia Municipal Association, have asked to use a video produced by the North Carolina League of Municipalities (NCLM) in order to educate police officers and others about safe pursuit driving techniques.

The video, Slower is Faster,” was produced by NCLM Risk Management Services with significant contributions and input from Hillsborough Town Manager Eric Peterson, who is also an acclaimed race car driver with years of training experience. The 27-minute video was part of several police driver training seminars that NCLM held across North Carolina in March. The video and the seminars were geared around helping police departments reduce the number of claims against a department. (You can read more about the seminars and the video in both the April and May issues of Southern City.)

“This was not expected, but we are delighted that both the Justice Academy and the Law Enforcement Emergency Response Trainers have found this video helpful enough to include in their training,” said Bob Haynes, NCLM associate director of risk management and member services.

The video also reinforces the "Below 100" campaign, a national campaign aimed at reducing in-the-line-of-duty deaths to below 100 for the first time since 1944. The campaign focuses on speed, seatbelts, wearing vests, avoiding complacency and focusing on WIN, or What's Important Now.

“On a national scale, more police officers are killed in traffic accidents than in any other way,” said Steve Lee, NCLM director of claims. “Our hope is that this training video will help prepare officers and possibly save lives.”

In addition to the “Slower is Faster” video, NCLM has also produced a training manual, “High Speed: Pursuit Guidelines & Emergency Response Training.”

To learn more about the "Slower is Faster" DVD and support materials, please contact Steve Lee, NCLM director of claims, at slee@nclm.org or 919-733-3106.