UK speeding offences reach a six year high

UK Speeding offences rise by a third to reach six year high. Vehicle offences reached a nine-year peak in 2016, with almost 3.06 million recorded across the year - the highest since 3.33million noted in 2007.

Statistics from the Department for Transport (DfT) reveal that speeding offences reached a six year high in 2016. There were 2.2 million prosecutions for speed limit offences last year, up from 1.6 million in 2011 - a rise of a third.

According to the DfT's records 2.15million offences were recorded for speeding, with 5,899 drivers being caught exceeding the limit every day in England and Wales.

According to the statistics, the number of motorists issued with a penalty charge notice (PCN) for speeding offences last year was 28,000 higher than in 2015.

Jason Wakeford, director of campaigns for Brake, said: "These figures are highly concerning and show that exceeding the speed limit remains a major safety issue.

"Driving is unpredictable and if something unexpected happens on the road ahead, such as a child stepping out from between parked cars, it's a driver’s speed that determines whether they can stop in time and, if they can’t, how hard they will hit.

"Last year, excess speed contributed to almost a quarter of all fatal crashes and urgent action is needed. Brake is calling for increased enforcement by the police, a default 20mph limit in all built-up areas and 'Intelligent Speed Adaptation', which helps drivers stay within the limit, to be fitted as standard to all new vehicles. These measures are essential to lower the increasing number of needless deaths and serious injuries on UK roads."

Despite the higher figures, several areas of vehicular crime fell. The number of drivers recorded for dangerous, careless and drunken driving dropped to 179,000 in 2016, compared to 190,000 in 2015, lower than any other year in the DfT's records. Thefts and unauthorised taking of vehicle offences are also at a new low and have halved from what they were a decade ago.

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