Figures obtained under the Freedom Of Information Act have revealed that police officers caused over 64 accidents per week last year – that’s a staggering 3,357 over the full year.
Since 2004, the number of police-related car accidents has also included the loss of 150 lives.
These figures may even be lower than they should be, as ten regional forces declined to supply their own accident figures.
Staggeringly, some of the incidents were attributed to simple things like failing to use mirrors when reversing, failing to stop at junctions and taking bends too quickly. Over zealous driving while involved in chasing suspects was also a major cause of crashes.
The Royal Society For The Prevention Of Accidents commented that police should take heed of their accident rate and:
“lessen the risk of the same mistakes happening in the future”
Next time you get stopped for a suspected traffic offence take comfort from the fact it may be a classic case of ‘don’t do what I do – do what I say!’