The work of law enforcement is dangerous. But did you know, an officer is more likely to get hurt, responding to a traffic stop on the side of the road...than a crime scene? Vehicle- related crashes are the leading cause of death for on-duty, law enforcement officers, nationwide. Channel 4's Ashley Mitchem has more on the plans currently in the works, to change that statistic. 3 0015-2535-441:2149:48 When you pull up behind a trooper you may notice this bright decal on the back- well it's here for a reason- safety.Dylan Bryan, Florida Highway Patrol 44:23 it could be a family on the side of the road with a blown tire our officers are pulling over and helping with that so you never know the reason why the officers are on the side of the road Numerous law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical services workers are injured or killed along roadways throughout the United States.Over the past 12 years, an average of one of-ficer per month was struck and killed by a vehicle in the United States. Florida Highway Patrol says that's why a federal mandate is now in place to help protect emergency workers. 44:39 with the unfortunate situation of vehicle crashes just last year or year prior to that we had a trooper down in south Florida that was killed in the line of duty from a rear end collision Florida Highway Patrol's Dylan Bryan says that's why the new fleet of cars have upgraded safety features.The new cars have retro-reflective striping and chevrons, high-visibility paint, a brighter light bar, and other reflectors along the body of the car- all meant to catch your attention when you're driving toward an emergency vehicle.So far in Florida there are a little over 200 FHP vehicles with these upgrades.41:16 With the contrasting colors and the retro reflective material on the back of our vehicles it's noticeable and that's the key to this whole issue is the officer being noticed by the motoring public CLOSE: 45:45 The new fleet rolled out in April of this year- so from now on the new cars will look like this. AM CH4 TLS.