Speeding offences continue to rise

The number of motorists caught speeding has increased prompting calls for a new road safety crackdown.

Figures obtained from a Freedom of Information request by the Institute of Advanced Motorists, to the Ministry of Justice, show 148,426 speeding convictions in the past 12 months.  An increased of 28% compared to the previous year and the highest number since 2005.

Sarah Sillars, IAM Chief Executive Officer, said: ‘We can see from these figures that as the UK comes out of recession traffic levels have risen, speeding appears to be becoming more prevalent and regrettably casualties are rising again.

‘The government and police forces cannot afford to take their eyes off the ball and more visible policing is, in our view, the key to ensure that people don’t think they can get away with speeding.’

Speeding continues to be the country’s most common motoring conviction with no insurance related offences the next highest.  118,254 people were found guilty in court, an increased of 7% compared to 2013.  Despite the increase, the number of people caught with no insurance has decreased by 84% compared to figures from 10 years ago.

Drink-driving related convictions have continued to fall in the past 10 years.

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