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Spider-Man-Style Police Web Snares Fleeing Cars

Reducing the frequency of police chases might avoid some of the thousands of deaths and injuries they cause each year.
Reducing the frequency of police chases might avoid some of the thousands of deaths and injuries they cause each year.
12_09_PoliceChase_01 Source: Victor Calzada/The El Paso/AP

High-speed police pursuits are a newscast staple because the footage is so dramatic—but also because something often goes awry. Annual estimates of the damage due to police chases range from 8,000 to 55,000 injuries, and 350 to 2,500 deaths. More than a third of those killed are bystanders or

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