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Roadway dangers for law enforcement

Caddo Deputy Ken Davis looks at a driver's information during a traffic stop. Caddo Deputy Ken Davis looks at a driver's information during a traffic stop.
Caddo Deputy Ken Davis makes a traffic stop while on patrol Wednesday. Caddo Deputy Ken Davis makes a traffic stop while on patrol Wednesday.

By Ben Wolf

CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Caddo deputies say across the country three officers have died in traffic accidents in just the past four days.

Tuesday morning a Carthage, Texas police officer -- 23 year old Everett Dennis -- died when police say he was trying to catch up to a possible traffic violator.

They say Dennis lost control of his patrol car, flipped over, and then the car ejected him.

"People think we just zip up and down the road, but it's a matter of life and death," says Caddo Sheriff's LT. Darwin Jones.

Jones says nearly everyday he receives notices of cops across the country dying in traffic accidents. 

"Most officers are seriously injured or killed in traffic - day to day traffic," says Jones.

In February, Shreveport police officer T. W. Hardy was writing a report when he believes a passing car shattered his window by hitting some debris from a wreck he was working.

Caddo deputy Ken Davis says people just don't realize his greatest threats are traffic pursuits and stops.

"I've had several close calls where I've had to take the ditch or hide behind another car to keep from getting hit," he says.

Davis says many times people think they're helping him out on the road, when the drivers are actually causing more harm than good.

"They'll pull off to the middle which causes problems cause then you got some folks trying to go left some trying to go right and I'm trying to get through all of them," he says.

Deputies hope people consider when they see a flashing lights it could be a life or death matter -- for the officer as well.

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