WALTHAMSTOW: Police car crashes on emergency call

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A POLICE car crashed in Walthamstow while responding to an emergency call.

The car swerved off Billet Road near to the junction with Sinnott Road at around 11.15am yesterday (Wednesday).

The car's driver was taken to hospital but has since been discharged.

No other people were injured in the crash and no other vehicles were involved.

Police traffic officers will investigate the smash.

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9:14am Thu 28 May 09

Techno2 says...

The police seem to have quite a few of these sort of incidents these days. Are the roads, the vehicles or the drivers the problem?

I know there are some real emergencies, but sometiems I wonder what is really going on. I saw a police van with its sirens on driving down the wrong side of Blackhorse Road the other day on its way apparently, to a bakery fire that had been put out by the fire brigade about half an hour earlier. There was already a PCSO on the scene helping direct the traffic.

I see that kind of silly testosterone filled nonsense quite often in Walthamstow, so while I have a lot of sympathy with the driver who was hurt, I do think that questions should be asked generally about the overall attitudes and driving practices of some of our police.

The funny thing is, that when people phone the police about some emergencies like the attempted rape which was reported in the paper ion 13th May, they don't want to know - they turned up 36 hours too late on that occaission. We never did find out what it was they thought was more important.


The police seem to have quite a few of these sort of incidents these days. Are the roads, the vehicles or the drivers the problem? I know there are some real emergencies, but sometiems I wonder what is really going on. I saw a police van with its sirens on driving down the wrong side of Blackhorse Road the other day on its way apparently, to a bakery fire that had been put out by the fire brigade about half an hour earlier. There was already a PCSO on the scene helping direct the traffic. I see that kind of silly testosterone filled nonsense quite often in Walthamstow, so while I have a lot of sympathy with the driver who was hurt, I do think that questions should be asked generally about the overall attitudes and driving practices of some of our police. The funny thing is, that when people phone the police about some emergencies like the attempted rape which was reported in the paper ion 13th May, they don't want to know - they turned up 36 hours too late on that occaission. We never did find out what it was they thought was more important. Techno2
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9:16pm Thu 28 May 09

radioboffin says...

I think its more about response times than responsible driving. Response times are not based from the time a caller makes the initial phone call but from the time the officer accepts the call. If it were based from the tome of the call then government spun statistics would be way out. Not every response need "blues & twos" and perhaps they should be a bit more selective on whether they should be driving those little Astra diesels at 60 MPH in a 20 MPH zone.
I think its more about response times than responsible driving. Response times are not based from the time a caller makes the initial phone call but from the time the officer accepts the call. If it were based from the tome of the call then government spun statistics would be way out. Not every response need "blues & twos" and perhaps they should be a bit more selective on whether they should be driving those little Astra diesels at 60 MPH in a 20 MPH zone. radioboffin
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