Britain’s police are responsible for more than nine road crashes every day, possibly leading to car accident compensation claims, according to a newspaper.
More than 150 people have died in car accidents in which the police were involved in the last five years, the Mirror reports.
Between April 2007 and February 2009 police in Hertfordshire paid out more than GBP 63,000 in car accident compensation for crashes in which their officers were involved.
A major study on road traffic accidents released by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) in 2007 found that the majority of deaths caused by accidents of this kind are the result of police pursuit.
"Many of the police pursuits we deal with are of short duration and involve split-second decisions by officers. This emphasises the need for strong and clear regulation of this area of policing," said IPPC chair Nick Hardwick.