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Huge regional variations in speeding offence detection according to RAC

2 Apr 2019


The number of drivers being detected for speeding is more than 160 times higher in some parts of England and Wales than others.

In 2017-18 – the latest period for which data is available – 1,191 road users were caught speeding in Wiltshire compared with 199,337 in Avon and Somerset, 167 times more.

Analysis of Home Office figures by Dr Adam Snow for the RAC Foundation shows that 2,292,536 speeding offences were detected across England and Wales in 2017-18, a 4% rise on the 2,213,257 figure for the previous year (2016-17).

Of these detections: 

  • 44% resulted in the offender being sent on a speed awareness course

  • 34% attracted fixed penalty notices (FPN)

  • 11% were later cancelled

  • 10% resulted in court action

The tables show the police constabularies with the most snd fewest speeding offences detected : 


Image: Dean Molyneaux / Speed Camera, Saintfield Road, Belfast / CC BY-SA 2.0 

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