App users will get an alert if a high-speed chase is two miles away or less.
It’s happened to all of us at some point. You’re driving down the highway in your Chevrolet Camaro, casually minding your own business while passing much slower cars going the speed limit, weaving back and forth as necessary to avoid a crash because, you know, you’re responsible like that. Suddenly you see strange lights behind you, and then some in front of you, and then blamo, some crazy cop car spins you out. Later on at the police station, you discover you were actually in the middle of a high-speed chase – and you didn’t even know about it.
Okay, perhaps that’s not entirely accurate. This scenario could easily apply to a Ford Mustang driver rolling down the highway after hitting numerous bystanders outside a car show, or a shirtless individual driving a lifted Ram pickup truck through a field. Perhaps if these folks had the PursuitAlert app on their phone, they would’ve pulled over before the friendly officers yanked them through the side window.
Kidding aside, PursuitAlert is a smartphone app that is very real, and it has the potential to save lives. In short, it sends out notifications to anyone with the app on their phone when a high-speed chase is two miles away or less. It may seem improbable that a driver wouldn’t notice a stream of lights approaching, but in reality, a high-speed chase can take people completely by surprise. That’s especially true at busy intersections where cross traffic has absolutely no idea a speeding bad guy is approaching a red light without any intention of stopping. A quick notification from PursuitAlert could help innocent drivers avoid a potentially deadly crash.
The system is now active with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Department in South Carolina, the first law enforcement agency to adopt PursuitAlert. The company behind the system was founded in 2016 and hopes to expand the service to other areas around the United States. The app is a free download for iPhone and Android users and is available through PursuitAlert.com
Nations First High Speed Chase Warning System Launches in South Carolina
PICKENS, S.C., Feb. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- PursuitAlert, a warning system to notify the public in real time when an active high speed police chase is nearby, today announced its launch in South Carolina.
PursuitAlert is a free app that a citizen can download on their cellphone. If a participating agency has an active police pursuit or emergency response within two miles of the user, they will receive a push notification and audible alert on their phone.
Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw heads up the first law enforcement agency in the nation to use the PursuitAlert technology. "Today we are happy to announce that we have a way to warn our citizens when someone refuses to stop for a deputy. While we can control the type of pursuits our deputies engage in through policy, we cannot control the individual that refuses to stop for blue lights and sirens. I am confident that PursuitAlert can save lives," said Crenshaw.
The Department of Justice estimates there are approximately 68,000 police chases annually in the US. On average there is one death a day with three times as many seriously injured. The financial burden on society is in the hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
Tim Morgan, President of PursuitAlert said, "Warning systems are in place and have been very effective for tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and lighting, yet more people are killed each year from police pursuits than all four of these events combined. Our goal is to enhance officer and civilian safety through a heightened sense of awareness for motorist when approaching intersections, even though they may have right of way."
Citizens are also alerted when the pursuit is out of range. Sheriff Crenshaw believes this new technology will reduce accidents, increase officer and citizen safety, potentially reduce insurance cost, and allow deputies to retrieve items of evidentiary value through PursuitAlert's additional features.
For more information on PursuitAlert, and how it can be used to reduce accidents and increase officer and citizen safety, please visit www.pursuitalert.com.