Police officers, like the rest of us, deserve more legal protection from drivers

The severe injuries inflicted on a woman police officer and her colleague on Sunday night, by someone driving a car are terrible and awful, but not exceptional. In the last seventeen years, seven police officers on foot have been killed while doing their duty and the drivers jailed. A further two officers died horribly when their car was deliberately rammed by a drunk driver. I am excluding all the deaths in road traffic incidents that come from misjudgments and have been classed as so-called ‘accidents’. The nine deaths were the result of officers trying to stop criminals who used half a ton of metal as a weapon.img_5989

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702 bus deaths and serious injuries prompt legislative amendment from Green Peer

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb has tabled an amendment to the Bus Services Bill aiming to improve the safety record of bus operators [1]. New figures show that in 2015 there were 5,381 collisions with buses and coaches, of which 64 resulted in deaths and 638 resulted in serious injuries. Buses are three times more likely than cars to be involved in a collision resulting in a death or serious injury [2]. Continue reading “702 bus deaths and serious injuries prompt legislative amendment from Green Peer”

Government rejects diesel scrappage scheme to reduce air pollution and early deaths

Baroness Jenny Jones, the Green Party peer in House of Lords, said:

“The lack of Government funding is a clear message to the Mayor of London and those local authorities considering serious action on air pollution that they will have to go it alone. Continue reading “Government rejects diesel scrappage scheme to reduce air pollution and early deaths”

Mayor issues first ‘high’ air pollution warning, now he needs to act

Mayor issues his first ‘high’ air pollution warning since he launched his Breathe Better Together campaign in January. The warning went out via Airtext and the LonGov twitter account to around ten thousand people, rather than the Boris Johnson account which has over a million followers.
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