Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Who's chasing who?

Apparently deaths in accidents involving police vehicles rose again last year to a record 48. This is a 5 fold increase since 1997 according to an article in the Mail.

The IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) have produced figures to show that 32 people died during high speed pursuits, twice the number recorded two years ago.

Stats are stats and 48 deaths are 48 too many, but the stats do not reflect the calls that police deal with day by day, month by month, year by year across the country.

Is it that police are trying to deal with sections of society emboldened over the years by our hamstrung approach to dealing with them? Or are they suggesting that response officers are shown a couple of episodes of the 'Dukes of Hazard' and given a set of car keys and told to get on with it.

Kevin Clinton of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents gives his ten pence worth.
He is quoted as saying that
"pursuits pose very high risks to the public and the risk often outweighs the need to conduct a high speed pursuit. Sometimes officers seem to get caught up in the excitement of the chase and lose their sense of judgment"

Again this sort of debate makes no mention of the 'amoral, thieving drunk/drugged uninsured unskilled driver of the car in front and its occupants'


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