Law enforcement officers go through quite a few vehicles every year. The very nature of their line of work almost ensures a quick turnover rate among police vehicle fleets, and the video after the jump provides a fine lesson in why that is. An officer in Tigard, Oregon was in the process of responding to a call when they came upon a vehicle in their lane. Thinking that the driver had come to a stop and was waiting to allow the officer to pass, the officer moved into the oncoming lane. That's when the civilian decided to make a left turn, ruining everyone's day in the process.

The officer glanced off of the turning vehicle and ricocheted into a nearby home. No one was seriously injured in the incident, though the driver of the offending sedan was cited for failing to yield. Hit the jump to check out the clip for yourself.



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      J
      • 3 Years Ago
      It never ceases to amaze me how many stupid people are given the privilege to drive...an intelligence evaluation should be standard with every driving test.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @J
        I think driving tests are fine, it's just that a lot of idiots forget all the stuff they studied and practiced as soon as they get their license. There needs to be constant refresher driving tests say every 5 years...and if you are an inattentive idiot like this guy...you go to driving school if you want to keep the license you dont deserve. It seems that everyone super smartens up to pass their test (here in Ontario, that means G2 road test and G full licence test), then they go "herpa derp, I only needed that knowledge to be allowed to drive, now let's forget all this useless stuff...hey, Ill blend in with all the other idiots on the road!"
      Ducman69
      • 3 Years Ago
      It often takes two to tango. The civilian should have seen the lights of the emergency vehicle and also used a turn signal. The officer should have slowed just momentarily when crossing an intersection with vehicles in it, and then stepped back on the gas. So this isn't the civilian or the cops fault, its both.
      bk
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow, turn left when being approached by a Police car. Brutal. The Civic was oblivious.
      kepalidragon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Proper protocol when a police pulls up behind you with sirens blaring and lights flashing, is pull over onto the shoulder of the road and allow them to pass because maybe they might be responding to an emergency call. In order to qualify for your license, that fact has to be common knowledge. Hopefully, those with licenses also know the difference between the Red, Yellow and Green light.
        Ducman69
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kepalidragon
        Correct, the driver should be cited for failure to yield and not signaling intention to turn. The police officer however used poor judgement crossing a double yellow, not temporarily slowing at an intersection with vehicles in it, and the rate of speed for a residential area was arguably as dangerous as one could imagine the officer was responding to. Clearly the officer would not have been able to come to a stop had a child on a bicycle pulled out from that intersection either. Both the civilian and the officer should be punished.
      Chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      In this case the car turning got a ticket...Glad no one was looking out that window in the home. As for the cop...bad cops in lots of cities give the good ones a bad name. A few years ago in my area a state trooper killed two teenagers when he was going over 100 mph responding to a call. He was texting his girlfriend at the time. He lost his job and got three years probation....I commute to work every night and city police commuting into down town for shift change pass me every night doing well over the speed limit....I've personally witnessed officers using their lights to go through intersections just so they can get through...a block later they whip it into the McDonald's drive through...free coffee you know....So i can understand why some people get upset and automatically blame the police....and of course the horrible driver of the other car who probably routinely makes left turns across 4 lanes off traffic with out lookng...
      realrambo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Come on guys they have differents sets of rules in Oregon , in all other States we pull over to the shoulder and let them get their hot coffee and donught , in Oregon they challenge they driving skills and cut them off , so they can have a hot meal inside the house .....
      viperbl
      • 3 Years Ago
      what a poop face
      Chopper
      • 3 Years Ago
      No WAY was it the citizens fault. The cop was going WAY too fast, without sirens. The cop was going so fast, (without sirens) that the obviously didn't see him come up on his ass at 120mph. COPS FAULT! Probably one of the young ********* cops. The older guys don't pull this nonsense of ripping through neighborhoods at excessive speeds. What if a god damn kid had walked out in the street?????
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chopper
        No sirens? Were you not watching the same video as everybody else? He was blaring the hell out of them. You can clearly see the lights flashing away through the whole video. Wow, how much of a retard can you really be?
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cops suck, therefore they were in the wrong. Too fast for conditions is what the cop should have been charged with, but the Blue Wall makes sure that never happens.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Room13
        • 3 Years Ago
        Because "move over and slow down when you hear sirens and see lights" isn't something drivers are ever taught.
        Pete K
        • 3 Years Ago
        Um, it was a Lexus ES and the officer made several other errors...besides there are two entirely different situations...why even bring this up?
      Sarah Connor
      • 3 Years Ago
      This cop is an idiot and should be suspended. Every study on traffic safety makes the same conclusion: speed differentials kill. Theres a massive difference between passing 60 MPH traffic at 75 and going 75 when everyone else is at 30. Flying by cars as if they were pylons is dangerous for all involved, as this video aptly proves. I can't imagine you people would be defending cops if there had been a kid standing that yard. The question isn't whether cops can break traffic laws; they can, and that's fine. But they need to do it saftely. That means going fast when the road is clear, slowing down to pass when there are cars in the adjacent lane, and slowing down in intersections, like every other emergency vehicle already does. The Corolla driver in this video may well have been inattentive, but 90% of the blame is with the cop for disregarding the probability of what did, and often does, occur.
        ksrcm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sarah Connor
        Whoever you are, please, pretty please, do two things: a) check statistics about accidents/deaths on Autobahn (where speed difference is about 100 mph on two-lanes-in-one-direction highways between trucks and cars). Use Google. b) get yourself signed up for a driving school ASAP before you kill anybody else
          Sarah Connor
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ksrcm
          You're a dumbass. The problem of speed differentials is not up for debate. All the literature, including that about the Autobahn, show reductions in accident rates when the differentials are reduced. http://www.engr.uark.edu/home/320.php http://www.intrans.iastate.edu/pubs/access/toolkit/7.pdf http://www.etsc.eu/documents/Speed_Fact_Sheet_1.pdf There's no controversy here. To the extent the Germans fair better, it's a result of superior lane discipline and more rigorous licensing requirements. Trucks don't travel in the far left lane of the Autobahn. There's no probability that a faster driver will suddenly encounter one in his lane. Contrast this idiot: he's passing on the wrong side of a two-lane road that runs next to residential housing. The probability that a slow-moving person on this road might want to turn into one of those driveways is significant. He ignored it and it's only by the grace of God that he didn't kill anyone.
          ksrcm
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ksrcm
          "There's no controversy here. To the extent the Germans fair better, it's a result of superior lane discipline and more rigorous licensing requirements. Trucks don't travel in the far left lane of the Autobahn. There's no probability that a faster driver will suddenly encounter one in his lane. " Well, you said it, buddy. Now go to the driving school and do all of us a favor. It's not like Germans have a switch to "Drive on Autobahn" and "Drive through neighborhoods". They pay attention, period.
        ehomei
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sarah Connor
        Yes, the cop is clearly an idiot. Most of them are. We taxpayers condone there behavior and have been falsely conditioned to believe they are "protecting" us.
      FriskyDingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm probably among the minority, but I have to say it. Careless as the driver of the civie car was, the officer shares at least a little fault here. That is a narrow little two lane, primarily no-passing, in a residential area. And he was booking it. Furthermore, he made no effort to slow down upon coming up on the car either. Even if it were pulling over to the shoulder. It's hard to say for sure, of course, but there's more to it than a guy turning in front of the cop. Was the call he was responding to so crucial he had to drive like that on a residential street?? Who's to say the driver didn't realize how fast he was closing the gap, and thought by turning, he'd be out of the way?? Maybe there was something on the roadside that prevented him from pulling over. Long story short, yeah the driver was at fault mostly, but the cop probably could have been driving more resonsibly.
        Sugaki
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FriskyDingo
        Driving reasonably? The cop is responding to a call, he's not going to crawl along. Sirens blaring, mashing the horn. The opposing lane was completely clear. If the dim-witted driver had pulled over (as the person should have) this wouldn't have happened at all. It's 100% the driver's fault.
          BB79826
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sugaki
          Any accident I've ever heard about, the person who hits from behind is always blamed by the cop. So why should we give a cop the benefit of the doubt?! :P But really, sure, the civilian wasn't looking, but that was an intersection. Any cop I've ever seen flying down the street slows down in anticipation that someone will do something unpredictable. He was trying to pass this guy with less than a foot of space on the side. You don't do that at 50mph, cop or not.
          Frisky_Dingo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sugaki
          You are not going to make me believe that the call was so important, that he HAD to drive like that, especially on a residential street. There's always the risk that someone might pull out, a child may run out, a bicyclist crossing the street, etc. And driving at such speeds increases the likelihood of an accident. There's a reason why they call.of pursuits on the highway. This is on a side street. We'll agree to disagree.
        Shanti
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FriskyDingo
        Perhaps the cop could've been driving slower, but just like everyone drives over the speed limit, everyone knows cops speed in an emergency. It's possible that the call didn't warrant that much of a hurry, sure, but it's also possible that some kid called about his dad pulling a gun on his mom. It's pointless to try and make a judgement on how (un)important speeding was in this situation without more information. Secondly, as far as I could tell, the bozo civilian driver didn't even have his ******* turning signal on.
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