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Driving while drowsy or sleep deprived can be as dangerous as drunk driving. A 2005 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found over 100,000 police-reported crashes are a direct result of driver fatigue each year.

But the estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and $12.5 billion in monetary losses might be underreported statistics, because it is still difficult to attribute crashes to sleepiness.

Police Program Creates Tighter Bond With Community

Jun 6, 2016
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For the past five years, the Springfield Police Department has opened its doors to citizens curious about how law enforcement functions.

After years without the program, the Citizen’s Police Academy was re-introduced in 2011 to better understand what SPD officers go through on a daily basis.

Each summer, no more than 25 individuals are selected to participate in the 11-week course. To be eligible to apply, a person must be a citizen of the area, 18 years or older, no felonies, and pass a background check. Applications are due July 1.

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The Springfield Police Department says it’s planning at least one DWI checkpoint in the month of April.

Lisa Cox is the department’s public affairs officer. She says at these checkpoints police typically come across at least one driver operating a vehicle under the influence, and that organized traffic stop may have prevented an incident down the road.

“Its beneficial for the city because someone’s loved one could’ve come in contact with that driver a block away, a mile away, 20 miles away and could’ve potentially been hurt due to their driving impairment,” says Cox.

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The Springfield Police Department’s 2015 third quarter public safety report shows a 68 percent increase in reported rapes compared to July through September of last year. Public information officer Lisa Cox describes what might be the cause.

“It is difficult to pinpoint, we would hope, we would really hope that the cause of the dramatic increase is just that more people are coming forward,” says Cox.

Some of these reports are happening on local college campuses, and Cox says public awareness about sexual assault at school may play a factor. 

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A Springfield Public Schools official says “no deliberate threat” is evident from a Friday morning incident in which a gun inadvertently discharged inside a student’s backpack.

Update: 5:19 p.m. Friday:

Police Spokeswoman Lisa Cox says that 17-year-old Skye Tanski has been arrested in connection to the incident. Tanski has been booked into the jail and will be released. Cox says that charges will be presented to the prosecutor when the investigation is completed, and noted that more arrests are possible.