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There are 65 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Oct 6, 2012, titled Virginia Trooper Struck, Killed While Directing Traffic - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sp.... In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

A 27-year-old Virginia state trooper has died after he was hit by an SUV while on special assignment directing traffic for the State Fair of Virginia.

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Top Flight

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Oct 6, 2012
How in God's name can this continue to happen?! I know first hand how the Trooper Trainees are taught traffic control in each State Police Academy and even than something like this happens. I have spent countless hours working incidents on the Interstate and other similar roadway areas and have even been struck by an 18 wheeler (with no serious injuries)and it just seems that there are a greater number of people who just aren't paying attention. I have been working a serious event on the interstate and the traffic in the opposite lane is going 70 mph in a lot of cases. It is so bad that the Troopers just can't slow but so many of them down. Short of closing the roadway all together, which is done more frequently now because of just this type of event, we as responders and law enforcement are almost at their mercy. Well, not me, I am fed up with people who are too damn busy texting, going to where ever and any other half baked reason. People, take a lesson, if this person had been you, your family would be udderly devastated. Think of this Trooper's family. How much hair can stand on the back of one's neck to look out and see the Colonel and his Command Staff and the Chaplin coming to their door. It is impossible to write this knowing that is what his family had and has to endure. Pay attention... NO MATTER WHAT,FOR GOD'S SAKE PAY ATTENTION.
thinking free

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Oct 6, 2012
Its a shame for this to have happened, state trooper or not its always a tragedy. Happened to my grandad. But we don't know the real circumstances here so we'll wait and see and hope the best for those he left behind.

“Equal Opportunity Not Results!”

Since: Nov 08

Charlottesville

#3 Oct 6, 2012
thinking free wrote:
Its a shame for this to have happened, state trooper or not its always a tragedy. Happened to my grandad. But we don't know the real circumstances here so we'll wait and see and hope the best for those he left behind.
"state trooper or not"?

What does that mean? It sounds as if you frequently are down on law enforcement. I guess you are just a free thinker.
thinking free

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Oct 6, 2012
C-Ville Patriot wrote:
<quoted text>"state trooper or not"?
What does that mean? It sounds as if you frequently are down on law enforcement. I guess you are just a free thinker.
I find no one persons life more valuable than another.
Blue Lights

Cumming, GA

#6 Oct 6, 2012
Top Flight wrote:
How in God's name can this continue to happen?!
I can tell you how. I have already told the Superintendent of State Police, it fell on deaf ears. Bright lights. The new blue lights on these patrol cars are TOO BRIGHT and BLINDING as you come upon them. I got off the Interstate at Zions Crossroads one night and was totally blinded when I came to the end of the exit ramp at the intersection with Route 15 where a state police was parked.

You will continue to see state police cars and troopers hit until they tone the blue lights down some.
amazed

United States

#7 Oct 6, 2012
thinking free wrote:
<quoted text>I find no one persons life more valuable than another.
Where will you go the next time you are sick? Not to that valuable doctor I presume...You are so stupid.
marie couch

United States

#8 Oct 6, 2012
agree no one life is more important than the other .but it could be any one of us .am so sorry this young man lost his life so early .the family has my deepest sympathy ,god bless this thru this terrible tragedy ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Someone Listen

South Saint Paul, MN

#10 Oct 6, 2012
Blue Lights wrote:
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I can tell you how. I have already told the Superintendent of State Police, it fell on deaf ears. Bright lights. The new blue lights on these patrol cars are TOO BRIGHT and BLINDING as you come upon them. I got off the Interstate at Zions Crossroads one night and was totally blinded when I came to the end of the exit ramp at the intersection with Route 15 where a state police was parked.
You will continue to see state police cars and troopers hit until they tone the blue lights down some.
OMG...YOU are so RIGHT ON !!! I agree and know many others that do too! THESE FLICKERING BLUE LIGHTS are BLINDING ! HELLO...does ANYONE HEAR US?
I placed a call one night and was told "maybe you should not be driving at night if these lights bother you!" WHAT!?!?!?!?

EVERYONE who agrees that these lights are a DANGER...lets start a campaign
to STOP them!!!
Figured it out

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Oct 6, 2012
Blue Lights wrote:
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I can tell you how. I have already told the Superintendent of State Police, it fell on deaf ears. Bright lights. The new blue lights on these patrol cars are TOO BRIGHT and BLINDING as you come upon them. I got off the Interstate at Zions Crossroads one night and was totally blinded when I came to the end of the exit ramp at the intersection with Route 15 where a state police was parked.
You will continue to see state police cars and troopers hit until they tone the blue lights down some.
If you're totally blinded by the light, the only safe thing to do is stop your car.

I've passed plenty of police cars, old and new, and cannot say I've ever been blinded by them. I do, however, always slow down and change to the further away lane if at all possible.
Karen

Charlottesville, VA

#12 Oct 6, 2012
My family and I went to the State Fair today! The traffic was mad crazy!! So sorry for the loss of such a young man, who was just getting his life going! My heart goes out to his family!
Friend

Fairfield, VA

#13 Oct 6, 2012
Top Flight wrote:
How in God's name can this continue to happen?! People, take a lesson, if this person had been you, your family would be udderly devastated. Think of this Trooper's family. How much hair can stand on the back of one's neck to look out and see the Colonel and his Command Staff and the Chaplin coming to their door. It is impossible to write this knowing that is what his family had and has to endure. Pay attention...
It was devastating to the people who witnessed it. My brother, his wife and their grandson were right behind the SUV that struck him. My brother is a pastor, so he spent quite a while comforting a lot of devastated people.

While it is true that no one life is more valuable than another, anyone killed in the line of duty, especially when the "duty" is to protect and serve, on the face of it, it is extremely heartbreaking.
thinking free

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Oct 6, 2012
The only blue lights that might bother me are the ones I might see in my mirror. But with 5plus points on my license and obeying traffic rules it ain't something I think about.
peoplearecrazy

Derwood, MD

#16 Oct 6, 2012
I was watching a trooper direct traffic at JMU today and thought,how fast the traffic was going by him and also thought,I may see him run down,because he couldn't watch everyone around him,it was a very dangerous place to be.I also agree that the lights on the trooper cars are too bright.
Blue Lights

Cumming, GA

#17 Oct 6, 2012
Someone Listen wrote:
<quoted text> OMG...YOU are so RIGHT ON !!! I agree and know many others that do too! THESE FLICKERING BLUE LIGHTS are BLINDING ! HELLO...does ANYONE HEAR US?
EVERYONE who agrees that these lights are a DANGER...lets start a campaign
to STOP them!!!
I tried. Nobody in law enforcement command and management seems to care.
Someone Listen wrote:
<quoted text>I placed a call one night and was told "maybe you should not be driving at night if these lights bother you!" WHAT!?!?!?!?
That's pretty much what the State Police told me.
Heather McMahon

United States

#18 Oct 6, 2012
Blue Lights wrote:
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I tried. Nobody in law enforcement command and management seems to care.
<quoted text>
That's pretty much what the State Police told me.
I've seen a few and they aren't that bright.
Plus this is during the daytime so it shouldn't be as bright.
Blue Lights

Cumming, GA

#19 Oct 7, 2012
Heather McMahon wrote:
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I've seen a few and they aren't that bright.
Plus this is during the daytime so it shouldn't be as bright.
This trooper was killed at 10:00 p.m.
Top Flight

Charlottesville, VA

#20 Oct 7, 2012
The case for the Blue lights, in fact, the Red and White lights that are now L.E.D. are way too damn bright!!! I work around these multiple colored lights all the time and I complain bitterly that I/we can't see anything. I will continue to take my arguement to the administration of various agencies until somebody will listen. But here is the much bigger point and that is the intersection that the Troopers were working was very well cordoned off and managed. This is the same intersection that is regularly used and maintained by the State Troopers. They manage this area very well and alot of the Troopers have a number years in this location directing traffic for the State Fair and Kings Dominion . The issue here I think is not how blinding the lights may have been, it was, I believe, a case of not paying attention. At what point would the average driver become so distracted that their actions produced the results that we are writing about in this venue. Again, pay attention and pay particular attention when there are persons working the intersection, street or Interstate. These men and women deserve better!
Blue Lights

Cumming, GA

#21 Oct 7, 2012
Top Flight wrote:
The case for the Blue lights, in fact, the Red and White lights that are now L.E.D. are way too damn bright!!! I work around these multiple colored lights all the time and I complain bitterly that I/we can't see anything. I will continue to take my arguement to the administration of various agencies until somebody will listen.
As I said above, good luck! Nobody in command and management in city, county or state agencies seems to care. It's in one ear and out the other.
Top Flight wrote:
But here is the much bigger point and that is the intersection that the Troopers were working was very well cordoned off and managed. This is the same intersection that is regularly used and maintained by the State Troopers. They manage this area very well and alot of the Troopers have a number years in this location directing traffic for the State Fair and Kings Dominion . The issue here I think is not how blinding the lights may have been, it was, I believe, a case of not paying attention. At what point would the average driver become so distracted that their actions produced the results that we are writing about in this venue. Again, pay attention and pay particular attention when there are persons working the intersection, street or Interstate. These men and women deserve better!
Since the woman who struck the trooper is from Doswell, I suspect she is familiar with this intersection and the manner in which traffic is directed into and around this intersection. I'm wondering if the driver suffered a blue strobe induced seizure. The law enforcement ommunity knows well that red and blue strobes are known to be more provocative than others as far as causing seizures. On the other hand though, there's a lot of debate among the experts if this induced strobe light seizure syndrome even exists or not.

To prevent future deaths of this nature, I still think the best start is to tone down these bright lights some. I think you are experienced in this field and will agree. I, like you, just wish somebody would listen.
Dude

Spotsylvania, VA

#22 Oct 7, 2012
Good Stuff 'Blue Lights,' I think you may be right.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photosensitive_e...
CvilleGordo

Palmyra, VA

#23 Oct 7, 2012
Blue Lights wrote:
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I can tell you how. I have already told the Superintendent of State Police, it fell on deaf ears. Bright lights. The new blue lights on these patrol cars are TOO BRIGHT and BLINDING as you come upon them. I got off the Interstate at Zions Crossroads one night and was totally blinded when I came to the end of the exit ramp at the intersection with Route 15 where a state police was parked.
You will continue to see state police cars and troopers hit until they tone the blue lights down some.
Yes, they are bright, you learn not to look directly into them. REAL bright in the rain or fog. But all agreement aside, here's a link to line of duty death statistics.

www.aphf.org/lodstats.html

See if you can find evidence that the widespread adoption of LED emergency lighting (go back 10 years for approximate time) correlates to a higher incidence of line of duty deaths from being struck by vehicles. Let us know exactly where you find that.

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