Thursday, 6 November 2008

Police cars hitting pedestrians

Another pedestrian killed by a police driver:

The pedestrian who was hit and killed by a police car responding to a 999 call in Hersham was a pensioner visiting from Islington, north London.The man, 75, was declared dead at the scene after he collided with the marked Ford Mondeo in Esher Road, near the junction with Meadow Close, at about 6.55pm on Tuesday (November 4).

Remarkably, just twenty four hours earlier another police car ran down a pedestrian:

A WOMAN pedestrian was rushed to hospital with serious injuries after a collision with a police car last night (Monday). The marked police vehicle was going to the scene of a suspected domestic assault in Lodge Avenue, when the accident happened at 5.05pm in Green Lane near Stockdale Road, Dagenham.The 34-year-old woman was transferred to Queen's Hospital, Romford, where she was described as serious but stable.

Police cars have a bad track record of involvement in fatal crashes:

According to government figures, accidents involving emergency service vehicles caused almost 200 deaths in the last five years. The statistics show that ‘blue light’ vehicles were involved in 11,295 smashes in Britain between 2002 and 2007. These caused 1,643 serious injuries and 188 deaths – just over three deaths a month.Crashes involving police cars were responsible for the highest number of deaths, with 148 occurring as a result of police collisions since 2002, and 30 people killed last year alone.