07 Jun California’s Fascination with Police Chases
There’s something about feeling excitement flooding through your veins that makes adrenaline rushes so addicting. It’s like a shot of energy straight to your heart. We love the rush, which is probably why we love drama. You can deny loving drama all you want, but the truth is that it is what keeps you watching your favorite shows, or reading your favorite books. It is what captures you attention and keeps you wanting more. Drama is why we watch police chases.
There’s something about watching a little car trying to out run the cops. Watching every turn they make, hoping that no one gets hurt but also hoping that it stays exciting. Whenever there’s a police chase, it’s not surprising to have the rest of the news information become boring in comparison. All you want to do is watch the car chase.
It seems like recently, news networks have amped up there coverage of police chases. They seem to be more glorified. If you’re not by a TV, don’t worry, you can always find live coverage somewhere online. You will never have to miss out on a chase. If there is a high speed chase, you can bet that your TV show will be interrupted, so that they can bring you live coverage.
Our fascination with police chases is getting a bit out of hand. Fox News showed a high speed chase that ended with the driver shooting himself in the head. The network was not fast enough and the world had front row seats to a suicide. Covering high speed chases is turning into a blood sport according to BBC News. The coverage of chases is creating a morality, and glorifying this kind of behavior. The attention that people give these criminals can lead to other wanting that attention. They then can purposely copycat a car chase.
According to BBC News, more than 300 people die in police pursuits every year. The drama of not knowing what will happen is what attracts most viewers. The anticipation and thrill is an added bonus. Unfortunately, this thrill that we have is borderline too much. Sure watching a James Bond car chase is thrilling, but it’s also fiction. In fiction no one truly gets hurt, or dies. Even though we may be curious to watch, sometimes it’s best to just shut it off and not see.