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Sharp Rise in Police Pursuit Road Deaths

New figures from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) have revealed a new threat to road users in the UK in the form of police pursuits.

According to the figures, there were 32 road traffic fatalities during or following police contact in England and Wales in 2016/17. This is an increase of eleven on the previous year, and is apparently the highest figure recorded in the last eight years.
Alarmingly, 28 of the deaths were from police pursuit-related incidents, which is more than double the figure for last year and the highest for eleven years, according to the IPCC.
Road safety charity Brake has expressed its concern over the figures.
“The sharp increase in pursuit-related deaths is deeply worrying and underlines the fact that police chases, often at excessive speed, are incredibly dangerous,” commented Jason Wakeford, spokesman for Brake.
“We are particularly concerned to learn that none of these deaths were in response to emergencies and two-thirds of the people who died were passengers, bystanders or other road users,” he added. “It simply cannot be worth risking innocent lives by engaging in perilous chases when trying to secure an arrest. The National Police Chiefs' Council must urgently review pursuit procedures in light of these very troubling figures."

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