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Tesla on ‘Self-Drive’ Crashes into Police Car at California Accident Scene

A Tesla car operating in “self-driving” mode reportedly crashed into a police vehicle at the scene of a fatal crash in Fullerton, California, narrowly avoiding officers who were investigating an earlier accident.

KTVU Reports The accident has reignited concerns about the safety of self-driving systems and the liability of drivers who use such technology. According to the Fullerton Police Department, the crash occurred at the intersection of West Orangethorpe Road and Courtney Street, where officers were directing traffic following a fatal accident.

Despite the police vehicle’s emergency lights being activated and several traffic flares being placed on the road to warn drivers, the blue Tesla was unable to avoid the collision. The police vehicle, which had been strategically placed to block traffic, took the brunt of the impact. Luckily, a quick-thinking officer controlling the scene noticed the approaching Tesla and was able to move it to the side of the road, narrowly avoiding injury or worse.

After an investigation, the Tesla driver admitted to using Elon Musk’s “Autopilot” mode while using a cell phone, a clear violation of California law. The admission highlights the ongoing challenge of ensuring drivers remain alert even when advanced driver assistance systems are engaged.

In response to the incident, the Fullerton Police Department released a statement emphasizing the importance of driver alertness: “While Autopilot mode can be convenient, please always remember the importance of remaining alert and ready to take over at any time. While there is no law banning ‘Autopilot’ mode, all road rules and laws still apply to the driver while in control of the vehicle.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving claimed 3,308 lives in 2022 alone. NHTSA defines distracted driving as any activity that takes your attention away from driving, including talking on the phone, texting, eating, or drinking alcohol.

Tesla’s Autopilot and Full Self-Driving features have made great strides in recent years, but they can’t replace an attentive human driver. Instead, they’re designed as advanced driver assistance systems that must constantly monitor and be ready to take over control.

This incident is not an isolated one: Numerous reported accidents involving Tesla vehicles operating in Autopilot mode have drawn increased scrutiny from regulators and safety advocates. The NHTSA has opened multiple investigations into Tesla’s Autopilot system in recent years, focusing on the system’s role in crashes involving emergency vehicles.

Breitbart News previously reported that a Tesla driver, suspected of using Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving” system, crashed into a Bay Area fire truck on Interstate 680 in Contra Costa County, California, killing the driver and injuring several firefighters. California police posted on Facebook that the fire truck “stopped behind the scene to protect personnel and assist with traffic diversion.”

of The Wall Street Journal Reports that In the early morning hours of February 18th, a fire truck from the Contra Costa County Fire Reserve District was parked across two lanes of Interstate 680, blocking traffic. Meanwhile, emergency personnel were helping tow a broken-down vehicle when it was struck by a Tesla. The passenger in the Tesla was taken to the hospital in critical condition, while the driver of the electric vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. All four firefighters aboard the fire truck were wearing their seatbelts and were thankfully taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

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Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News covering free speech and online censorship.