Greater duty on police cars driving at speed through city centres.

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REBECCA ANN SMITH v CHIEF CONSTABLE OF NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

A judge made a mistake in finding that a police officer whose car had hit a pedestrian was keeping a proper lookout, finding that the pedestrian had a reckless disregard for her own  safety and as such was three quarters to blame for her accident.

 

It was found on appeal that the injured party was not three quarters to blame for her injuries. Although she did endanger her life by failing to heed the flashing lights and sirens of the police car, the police car was going at an unexpectedly fast speed which was not acceptable.

 

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