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Police Scotland pays out £350,000 for road accidents involving officers

Police Scotland paid £350,000 over three years in compensation for road accidents involving officers, an investigation has found.

Compensation data reveals payments were made when a police vehicle hit a cyclist (£35,612), a pedestrian (£5,582), a wall (£930), and a parked car (£1,119).

Payouts were also made where one police vehicle ran a red light causing a collision (£1,609), and another rolled into a third party vehicle (£5,237).

One member of the public was compensated £221 when a police horse damaged their car wing mirror.

The data was obtained through a BBC Scotland freedom of information request made seven months ago to Police Scotland.

A Police Scotland spokesman told the BBC: "We have more than 3,500 vehicles which cover more than 70 million miles a year in all conditions and many of these are in high risk circumstances as our officers do their job in keeping people safe.

"All drivers have to pass a police driving test in addition to holding a full driving licence before being allowed to drive a police vehicle and all new vehicles coming on to our fleet have the highest safety ratings which includes being fitted with reversing sensors, anti-skid and electronic stability control systems."


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