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Phenix City Police host Skid Car training due to increase in officer accidents

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Phenix City Police say in the last few years, more of their officers are getting into accidents. To help prevent that, the department decided to host Skid Car training- not only for their patrol officers, but also for officers and deputies from all across Alabama.

The training teaches officers how to control their patrol car during high-speed chases or in bad weather situations. The Skid Car is modified with hydraulics that lifts the car to take traction away at low speeds.

"It's for both police officers and deputies. They get into situations where they have to drive in higher speeds than normal people do, so consequently they need to be able to recognize and avoid loss of control,” says Skid Car Trainer Stan Fant.

Fant worked as a State Patrol Trooper for 30 years and now works for the Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation.

Fant says newer patrol cars are equipped with Electronic Stabilization Control or Stable Track that's designed to keep the car from spinning out of control. He encourages officers to keep this on.

Phenix City Police Officer Sam Oshel says ESC has helped him during high-speed chases.

“I’ve definitely had some close calls. I think we've all had and I’ve definitely been lucky, but with this training I feel more comfortable to know I have the skills to catch these bad guys and get them off the streets,” says Oshel.

Oshel, who’s also a K9 handler, is one of 20 Phenix City patrol officers participating in this week’s training.

Phenix City Police hope to bring back Skid Car training in the next year.

Sarah Panko

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