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Crime Tracker: Advice To Drivers Following High-Speed Denver Chase

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KHQ.COM - A high-speed chase and carjacking near Denver, Colorado is prompting drivers to ask what they would do if they were caught on the road during the chase. The KHQ Crime Trackers asked Washington State Trooper Jeff Sevigney to offer his expertise and advice to drivers.

Trooper Jeff’s first tip is to remember that no property is worth your life. He reminds drivers that vehicles and belongings can be replaced but that your life cannot. If someone wants to take your property, law enforcement says to give it up and protect yourself.

The game changes though, if there is a child in the vehicle. Trooper Jeff says every situation is different and must be assessed differently. He does say the chase in Denver - that started when the suspect stole a car with a 4-year-old inside – is an important reminder not to leave our children in the car alone. Trooper Jeff admits it’s easy to do and says that he’s done it before, but he says it is absolutely not a good idea. Yesterday’s chase proves why.

Trooper Jeff also tells drivers to be aware of their surroundings. Trooper Jeff says it’s easy to become consumed with things besides following what’s on the road, like kids in the car, talking on the phone or even becoming consumed with a talk radio show. Trooper Jeff says being aware of what’s happening on the road also includes locking doors when driving if you feel you’re in an unsafe neighborhood.

Finally, Trooper Jeff reminds drivers that it is the law in the state of Washington to keep to the right of the road. The thief in yesterday’s Denver chase was headed in the opposite direction on the road, narrowly missing vehicles coming the opposite way. Trooper Jeff says drivers are safer if they keep right, out of that left hand lane. Even though high-speed pursuits don’t happen often, the trooper says it’s pretty common for drivers to get confused and head the wrong way on the road. This is why Trooper Jeff stresses the importance of staying to the right, out of the left hand lane where wrong-way drivers usually travel.

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