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Distracted driving as big a threat as DUI

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Jessica Younce developed a program to remind officers of the responsibility they have Jessica Younce developed a program to remind officers of the responsibility they have
Lt. James Sears was a member of the Colonial Heights Police Department in Virginia Lt. James Sears was a member of the Colonial Heights Police Department in Virginia
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Jessica Sears Younce is a widow from Virginia. She shares her tragic story message of her husband, Lt. James Sears.

He was a member of the Colonial Heights Police Department in Virginia when he was killed by tunnel vision of an  officer during a high speed chase.   

"He was on his way home when an officer from another jurisdiction entered our city. Unfortunately due to tunnel vision, he disregarded some safety rules and went through some red lights and hit my husband head on and killed him," Younce said.      

Since her husband death in 2006, Younce developed a program with the agencies that were responsible for his death to remind officers of the responsibility they have when operating their vehicles. Her message about her husband is the same wherever she travels.  

"We just remind them of some of the training they've already had that can help them avoid tunnel vision, get out of it when they get into it and drive more cautiously when performing high speed pursuits," she said.    

Younce  wants her husband death to be an example of how police pursuits and distracted driving can impact someone's life.     

"We feel pursuits are necessary, even of law enforcement, they had to be done, but we don't want the office injured and we certainly don't want an innocent civilians injured," she said.     Younce says safety should always be first priority.

 

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