Since the Obama administration announced a series of measures in October last year to put an end to distracted driving, including an executive order directed at federal employees, Vice-President Joe Biden's motorcade has been involved in at least five crashes. That's an unusually high number for such a motorcade.
In August, after Mr. Biden met New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at Gracie Mansion, two New York City police motorcycles escorting the Vice-President were involved in an accident. That followed a high profile crash in February, in which figure skating Olympic gold medalist Peggy Fleming and former bobsled champion Vonetta Flowers were injured. The two athletes were riding in the Vice-President's motorcade at the Vancouver Olympics when the rear vehicle of the motorcade hit the back of a second vehicle, knocking it into a third car.
Last November, while Mr. Biden was on his way to appear on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart, a police car escorting him collided with a cab, injuring officers and occupants of the other car. (While the Vice-President didn't mention the crash during his appearance, he did joke that having roads cleared for him was a big perk. "Hell, I've never driven in New York with no traffic before," he told Mr. Stewart.)