The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that an investigation revealed a police officer who was killed in a car crash was late for work, was not wearing his seat belt, had just turned on the police cruiser’s on-board computer and was speeding. It was a tragic loss of what the story depicts as a good cop, husband and father of four children
What caught my eye in the story was another example of what I blogged about two days ago, which is the increasing trend of invoking system failure as the root of all evil. With all due respect to the late officer, one can only conclude that human error, not system failure, was the cause of this man’s death. Yet the response of the department was this:
“Following the crash, Delray Beach police instituted additional driver training for their officers, police spokeswoman Nicole Guerriero said.”
The department must have decided that a system failure had occurred. The corrective action was to make its officers take further driver training.
I think the photograph of the car wrapped around a palm tree and the description of the actions of the deceased officer that appeared in the newspaper account would have been adequate reinforcement of good driving habits.