Speeding police don't get fined - even if they weren't on the way to an emergency
30 May 2007

Speeding British police officers don't get fined, regardless of whether or not they are attending an emergency, according to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.Of a total 90,480 offences captured on film involving police vehicles, just 354 officers received points on their licences or fines. That's 0.4 per cent, compared to a rate of around 80 per cent for ordinary motorists.A quarter of the police vehicles caught on camera were responding to emergencies and had their blue flashing lights on, but that still only increases the percentage of officers fined to 0.5.Senior police officers have the powers to dismiss tickets, provided officers put forward a good reason – such as chasing a suspect.It is, however, still illegal for the police to break the traffic laws, just as it is for anyone else. It is also just as dangerous.Earlier in May, Somerset and Avon Police Force said that officers caught speeding would be fined.Do you think the police should be accountable for their actions, just like the rest of us? Have your say at MyAutocar.com.

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