Huge rise in po­lice-chase car crashes

999: Fig­ures triple over four years

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS - BY KIERAN BEAT­TIE

The num­ber of in­ci­dents in­volv­ing po­lice ve­hi­cles crash­ing while pur­su­ing sus­pects more than tripled over four years.

New fig­ures have re­vealed that in 2017 there were 43 col­li­sions in­volv­ing such ve­hi­cles, com­pared to 13 in 2014.

And be­tween Jan­uary and the start of Novem­ber last year, 40 crashes were recorded.

In­ci­dents in­volv­ing Scot­tish po­lice ve­hi­cles in all col­li­sions have also dras­ti­cally in­creased over the pe­riod, from 806 in 2014 to 1,385 in 2017 – with 1,147 be­tween Jan­uary and Novem­ber in 2018.

The recorded crashes in­cluded a po­lice car col­lid­ing with an­other car on Corn­hill Ter­race while chas­ing a pris­oner who was on the run in Aberdeen in 2017.

In June 2016, an­other po­lice car was in­volved in a crash in Aberdeen when an of­fi­cer an­swer­ing a 999 call col­lided with an­other ve­hi­cle on Ash­grove Road.

And, in early 2017, a po­lice dog died af­ter a crash in­volv­ing a marked po­lice dog van on the A90 Peter­head to El­lon road, close to Cru­den Bay.

The new fig­ures were re­leased fol­low­ing a free­dom of in­for­ma­tion (FoI) re­quest.

Joshua Har­ris, direc­tor of cam­paigns at road safety char­ity Brake said: “The po­lice per­form a vi­tal ser­vice on our roads and the na­ture of this role does some­time re­quire dif­fer­ent road be­hav­iours to those ex­pected of the pub­lic.

“How­ever, the in­crease in crashes and in­juries in­volv­ing po­lice ve­hi­cles in Scot­land does raise con­cern and we would like an as­sur­ance that this is­sue is be­ing looked into, and that the nec­es­sary poli­cies and pro­ce­dures are in place to min­imise the risk to the pub­lic.”

A spokesman for Po­lice Scot­land said all of­fi­cers must com­plete a driv­ing course be­fore be­ing al­lowed on the road.

Deputy Chief Con­sta­ble Fiona Tay­lor said: “Our fleet trav­els more than 70 mil­lion miles across Scot­land ev­ery year.

“The fig­ures con­tained within the FoI re­fer to po­lice ve­hi­cles driven by of­fi­cers, as well as hire ve­hi­cles used by staff.

“They in­clude col­li­sions caused by other driv­ers.

“A col­li­sion can vary from a se­ri­ous road traf­fic col­li­sion to mi­nor ve­hi­cle dam­age.

“Where we be­lieve a road traf­fic of­fence has oc­curred, we in­ves­ti­gate the cir­cum­stances and take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion.”

‘CON­CERN­ING’: In­ci­dences of all col­li­sions in­volv­ing po­lice ve­hi­cles rose from 806 in 2014 to 1,385 in 2017

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