September 13, 2022

“As of August 15, 2022, there have been 21 deaths related to CBP vehicle pursuits,” read a letter to CBP management from six Democratic members of Congress. (Original link) “This puts 2022 firmly on track to be the deadliest year on record for deaths related to Border Patrol pursuits, potentially surpassing the unprecedented 23 pursuit-related deaths that occurred over the course of 2021, according to publicly available data.”

The letter asks CBP for its “timeline for developing the updated vehicle pursuit policy.” The agency published its revised directive on January 11, 2023. (Original links to announcement and directive)

— Escobar, Rep. Veronica, Rep. Raúl Grijalva, Rep. Juan Vargas, Rep. Sara Jacobs, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, and Rep. Jan Schakowsky. “Letter to CBP on High Speed Pursuits,” September 13, 2022. <>.

— U.S. Customs and Border Protection. “CBP Updates Emergency Driving and Vehicular Pursuits Directive,” January 11, 2023. <>.

— “CBP Directive 4510–026A Emergency Driving Including Vehicular Pursuits.” U.S. Customs and Border Protection, January 11, 2023. <>.

Sector(s): Border-Wide

Agency(ies): Border Patrol

Event Type(s): Vehicle Pursuit

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