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USA Today: High-Speed Police Chases Have Killed Thousands Of Innocent Bystanders

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According to USA Today, more than 5,000 people have died in police car chases since 1979, and tens of thousands more were injured during high speed police pursuits. According to USA Today, more than 5,000 people have died in police car chases since 1979, and tens of thousands more were injured during high speed police pursuits.
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A new investigation is shedding light on the number of people injured or killed during police pursuits.

The article in USA Today shows how high speed chases are a delicate balance between maintaining law and order on our streets and highways and making sure they are done in a way that doesn't endanger the public. The article said if you look at the thousands of people injured in these chases, more than half of them are innocent bystanders.

You may remember a high speed chase in Bricktown back in March, 2014 when three people were hospitalized after an OHP pursuit. OHP said a man who had drugs in his system drove as fast as 120 mph  and slammed into a number of cars.

3/13/2014 Related Story: High-Speed Chase Ends In Crash Near Downtown OKC

According to USA Today, more than 5,000 people have died in police car chases since 1979, and tens of thousands more were injured during high speed police pursuits.

It's also worthy to note at least 139 police officers died as well.

So the question is when should police engage in these dangerous pursuits? While some of these drivers are dangerous criminals who should be off the streets, the article points out some are being pursued for minor traffic violations.

The story is sparking a national conversation and will be discussed Friday on CBS This Morning.

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