The PIT maneuver differs from the bump and run in that the car is bumped from the side near the rear wheel, causing the vehicle in front to spin out.
A police officer is trained to wait until conditions are right before attempting a PIT maneuver to avoid the use of deadly force.
Is the pit maneuver legal?
It simply is not true. Ramming a vehicle is considered deadly force and banned by most police departments. The PIT is a precision maneuver that requires substantial training. When done correctly, very little damage will be done to the vehicle and the officer and suspect will have no injuries.
Why is it called a pit maneuver?
The PIT maneuver, or precision immobilization technique, was developed to reduce the risks associated with motor vehicle pursuit. By definition, the PIT maneuver is a pursuit tactic by which a pursuing car can force a fleeing car to abruptly turn sideways, causing the driver to lose control and stop.
Why does PIT maneuver disable car?
The tradition is based on a “controlled” or “targetted” ramming maneuver that is designed to disable or otherwise cause the vehicle to lose control. Striking the offending vehicle too far forward does not give enough of as push into the spin.
Can cops pit maneuver a motorcycle?
The PIT if initiated safely and only by a trained officer with approval either in real time or by SOP is considered a low-risk vehicle maneuver on a four-wheeled vehicle. A PIT maneuver on a motorcycle is called vehicular homicide.