Tierney Blog

AG's and High Speed Chases

During all of my time as Attorney General of Maine in the 1980's, I did everything I could to discourage high speed chases that all too often ended in unspeakable tragedy for police offices, innocent by standers and those pursued. Because the issue is always a matter of split-second judgment by individual police officers, I concluded that it was not something that could be resolved by legislation, but rather could only be addressed by constant and repeated police training on a local, county and state level. Maine has made progress in curtailing these chases and nationally there has been a reduction. Today's news carries the story that once again the Oh AG is showing leadership in developing a statewide policy on high speed chases for all of Ohio's law enforcement personnel.