On the Car Pro Show, we often thank our police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and our military men and women. This is National Police Week, and we encourage our listeners all across the country to thank police officers for what they do. It is hard to imagine what our country would be like without the service they provide.
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
Each May, an estimated 20,000 people assemble at the memorial grounds in Judiciary Square for the Candlelight Vigil, a signature event of National Police Week. For the eighth year, the ceremony was streamed live over the Internet so that people across the country could witness this annual tribute to America’s law enforcement officers.
It’s also a time to note that auto accidents are the number one cause of police officer deaths. Since 1999, 213 police officers have been struck and killed by vehicles while on duty, and in my opinion, every one of those deaths was preventable.
Remember: looking at all the state laws in America, the majority are written to require drivers to merge away from an emergency vehicle or vehicle with flashing lights, including wreckers. If that is not possible, you are required to slow down to at least 20 miles per hour under the posted speed limit.
I am happy to report that the Dallas Police Choir was able to perform at the Police Memorial Service in Washington this week, thanks primarily to the DFW Car Pro Show dealers who contributed $11,000 to fund the trip. We wrote about it at the time, you can click here:
You may recall, five Dallas Police Officers were gunned down in Dallas on July 7, 2016, which is why this event was so important.