A Review of the 1st Quarter Data of 2024 on the latest law enforcement traffic-related fatality statistics

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A Review of the 1st Quarter Data
on the latest law enforcement traffic-related fatality statistics

April 24, 2024 | 2:00 PM

The webinar begins with opening remarks from NHTSA Program Manager Reo Nelson followed by Nick Breul who will provide an update on the latest law enforcement traffic-related fatality statistics and discuss a dramatic increase in traffic related fatalities in the first quarter of 2024.

Nick will present preliminary facts and analysis of the most recent crash fatalities and touch on the final fatality numbers for 2023, as well as a mention of the continuing trend of police vehicles being stolen, leading to chases.



  • Reo Nelson, Traffic Safety Specialist, NHTSA Justice and Enforcement Service Division
  • Nick Breul, Senior Program Manager, OSW, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

Reo Nelson

Reo Nelson, highway safety specialist in the Enforcement and Justice Services (EJS) division at NHTSA, is a seasoned safety and security professional with three decades of experience in law enforcement, security operations, and traffic safety, among other areas. His program areas include speed, speed management, and officer safety. He develops and manages programs designed to improve equitable highway safety activities and provides technical assistance to regions, and communities throughout the nation.

Nelson is a decorated United States Air Force veteran who has served his country proudly in multiple tours abroad and domestically as a security forces member. His veteran experience and passion for public service led him to continue his law enforcement career by serving in the U.S. intelligence agency community as a physical security specialist.

Nick Breul

Nick Breul is a Senior Project Manager at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and is the former Director of its Officer Safety, Wellness and Research Division, where his team did in-depth analysis of line of duty deaths, especially traffic-related causes. Before joining the NLEOMF, Breul was the Director of Security for the Washington National Cathedral, a post he held for two years. Prior to that, he served on the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) of Washington, D.C. for 26 years. Breul worked in many capacities during his career on the police department; serving as a detective, patrol sergeant, homicide supervisor, and retired as a lieutenant, managing the department’s traffic safety branch. There he oversaw the Major Crash Investigative Unit, as well as all of the traffic focused enforcement and public safety education initiatives. Breul is a graduate of Hobart College, where he received a BA in History and still serves in the capacity of Departmental Historian for the MPD.

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