Originally Posted by NW-Bound
I am sure any policeman would have a lot of traffic horror stories to tell.
I'm one of those.
Not so much horror stories but mostly just general stupidity, inattention, distractions, and of course the old standby, DWI. Those Darwin Award stories you hear about? They're probably all true, at least going by what I've seen.
Passing a stopped school bus was an automatic ticket. I didn't care if someone was having a heart attack or delivering a baby, they got a ticket. It wasn't a cheap one either. (Okay, that never happened but I would call an ambulance for them.) No insurance was another one and I'd tow the car and take the tags, turned in to MVA. They'd have to get proof of insurance and reregister the car from scratch.
Cell phones in wide use happened just a few years before I retired (I was doing fraud work by then anyway) and I would have been merciless on those idiots yakking, texting & driving.
The really bad wrecks are by definition pretty rare, at least where I worked. In 18 years on the road I saw perhaps a dozen fatals myself and only handled one. It was mostly suburban area and the speeds didn't usually get anywhere near three figures where things get very bad. Later on the very serious and fatals were handled by a specialty collision reconstruction unit, which is a good thing.