Wiltshire has lowest number of drivers caught speeding in England

Wiltshire has lowest number of drivers caught speeding in England

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 5:28am 3rd January 2020.

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Just 807 were caught by police driving too fast in 2018-19 compared to more than 73,000 in Hampshire.

The RAC Foundation has been analysing data from the Home Office and found some big differences.

Wiltshire Police detected the lowest number whilst the force that detected the most speeding offences was West Yorkshire with 182,000.

However, it's important to note that all speed cameras were switched off in Wiltshire in 2010.

Researchers suggested the disparity is partly due to road type, traffic volume and local policing priorities.

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Wiltshire's speed cameras were switched off 10 years ago

FALL IN SPEEDING OFFENCES

The number of speeding offences detected in Wiltshire in the twelve months to April was 32% lower than during the previous year.

Meanwhile there was also a fall in Hampshire, with 8% fewer speeding drivers detected.

Speed gun road
Speeding accounted for more than a quarter of driving offences in Wiltshire last year

HOW WERE SPEEDING DRIVERS DEALT WITH?

A fine was the main punishment in Wiltshire whilst in Hampshire the majority of drivers were sent on a speed awareness course.

Wiltshire:

  • 76% of drivers given a fine
  • 15% sent on a speed awareness course.
  • 7% resulted in court action
  • 1% of offences cancelled

Hampshire:

  • 30% of drivers given a fine
  • 58% were sent on a speed awareness course
  • 6% ended up in court
  • 6% of offences were cancelled.
Speed Indicator Device SID - happy face - Downton Road Salisbury Dec 2019 (Mike Draper) (1)
It's hoped more speed indicator devices, which show drivers how fast they're going, will encourage people to slow down

REACTION

Steve Gooding of the RAC Foundation said: 

"The simple rule for drivers who don’t want to risk ending up with a speeding ticket is not to break the limit in the first place.

Where limits are properly signposted, and clearly feel right for the road in question, then motorists have no excuse for going faster.

"But that means highway authorities also have a responsibility to make sure the limits they set are appropriate and to avoid instances where the limit repeatedly bounces up and down along a single stretch."

Department for Transport figures show 186 people were killed and 1,505 seriously injured in crashes on Britain's roads in 2018 in which a vehicle exceeding the speed limit was a contributory factor.

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