Car insurance: Police chief says immigrants causing crashes

Thursday, 27 September 2007

The number of immigrants arriving in the UK is fuelling a rise in road accidents, it has been claimed.

Chief Inspector Rick Dowell, head of the traffic unit at Dorset Police, claimed that drivers from eastern Europe have difficulty reading road signs and this is leading to a greater number of problems.

English-speaking road users may have their own car insurance policies at risk if a driver with limited language skills fails to read a notice correctly and causes an accident.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: "We feel a lot of it is down to education. The attitude of eastern European drivers to road safety is not as educated as ours in this country."

He added that drink-driving laws are also not enforced in some eastern European countries as rigorously as they are in the UK.

According to official figures, almost 2,835 people applied for asylum from Russia in 2002 alone.
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