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Research reveals UK's driving offence hotspots

Research reveals UK's driving offence hotspots
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Hugo Griffiths

2018-05-15 13:05

Avon and Somerset ranked highest for driving offences as 18 per cent ticketed for speeding, parking and more in 12 months

The UK’s driving offence hotspots have been revealed, with motorists in Avon and Somerset found to be the most likely to receive a fixed penalty notice (FPN).

Analysis of 2.7 million FPNs revealed 197,692 drivers in Avon and Somerset received a ticket over the 2016/17 financial year, close to a fifth of the driving population in that area.

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By looking at the number of FPNs issued by the UK’s 45 police forces, and comparing this data to the number of driving licence holders in each constabulary, researchers from Regtransfers were able to determine that 17.85 per cent were issued with a ticket in the last financial year.

Cumbrians weren’t far behind, with 14.5 per cent given a fixed penalty notice, while 14.1 per cent of drivers in Warwickshire received a ticket over the same period.

Top 10 areas for motoring offences

Police Force

Total offences

Offences per 10,000 drivers

Avon and Somerset

197692

1785

Cumbria

47648

1455

Warwickshire

50222

1410

Norfolk

100556

1388

Bedfordshire

71836

1385

Northamptonshire

57467

1231

Humberside

62377

1148

Lincolnshire

57077

1124

West Yorkshire

144914

1120

Merseyside

81801

1107

Speeding offences made up the vast majority fixed penalty notices, with 2.25 million drivers ticketed for exceeding limits.

Some 146,000 drivers were given an FPN for driving without a licence or insurance, while 113,000 got a ticket for ‘neglect of traffic signs’ – with jumping red lights likely to make up the vast proportion of those offences.

Other common offences revealed by the data – taken from official Government sources – include not wearing a seatbelt (64,000 tickets issued), using a handheld mobile phone when driving (98,000 FPNs) and careless driving (34,000 tickets issued).

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Drivers in London were most likely to be caught using a phone when driving, with 52 FPNs for this offence issued per 10,000 drivers. Meanwhile, motorists in Scotland had the highest proportion of tickets for driving without a licence or insurance, with 139 tickets issued for every 10,000 registered drivers.

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