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Speeding offences up 37% in seven years

Speed cameras suspended above motorway

There were 2,386,780 speeding offences detected in England and Wales in 2018-19 – a 37% rise on the 1,740,217 speeding offences detected in 2011-12.

It was also 4% higher than the 2,292,534 speeding offences recorded in 2017-18.

The total number of all motoring offences detected across the two countries in 2018-19 was 2,837,661, meaning speeding accounted for 84% of them.

Of the 2,386,780 speeding offences detected in 2018-19:

  • 44% resulted in the offender being sent on a speed awareness course.
  • 34% attracted fixed penalty notices (FPNs).
  • 12% were later cancelled.
  • 10% resulted in court action.

The headline figure for those caught speeding hides large variations between constabularies.

The analysis – based on Home Office data and carried out by Dr Adam Snow of Liverpool John Moores University and Doreen Lam of the RAC Foundation – showed that West Yorkshire topped the list with 181,867 people caught speeding in 2018-19.

Second was Avon and Somerset (159,210) followed by the Metropolitan Police, including City of London (157,494).

At the other end of the scale Wiltshire Constabulary caught only 807 people speeding, Cleveland caught 11,937 and Derbyshire 12,256. Wiltshire turned off its speed cameras in 2010.

A full table is available below.

Across the 43 constabularies of England and Wales, the vast majority (97%) of offences were detected by speed cameras.

The variations across police forces will in part be down to geographical area, road type and traffic volume. They will also be created by local policing priorities. In Wiltshire, for example, all speed cameras were turned off in 2010.

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.”

In 2018, “exceeding the speed limit” was recorded as a contributory factor in 13% of fatal crashes in Great Britain where at least one factor was identified.

“Travelling too fast for the conditions” was a contributory factor in 9% of fatal crashes. More than one contributory factor might be recorded per incident.

Since the inception of the National Speed Awareness Course in 2010 about nine million people have attended one.

The RAC Foundation is a transport policy and research organisation that explores the economic, mobility, safety and environmental issues relating to roads and their users.

Detailed figures for all constabularies in England and Wales can be viewed here.

The table below gives summary information for individual forces.

Total number of speeding offences detected by police forces in England and Wales in 2018-19 and how they were detected.

Police Force Area

Total number of speeding offences detected 2017-18

Total number of speeding offences detected 2018-19

% year-on-year change 2018-19

Proportion of speeding offences detected by camera 2018-2019

Total number of all motoring offences 2018-19

Proportion of speeding offences relative to all motoring offences 2018-19

Avon and Somerset

199,336

159,210

-20%

100%

173,420

92%

Bedfordshire

74,297

76,573

3%

100%

80,685

95%

Cambridgeshire

45,763

34,672

-24%

98%

40,795

85%

Cheshire

58,408

52,770

-10%

96%

61,626

86%

City of London/Metropolitan Police

139,318

157,494

13%

91%

274,744

57%

Cleveland

11,308

11,937

6%

97%

13,592

88%

Cumbria

45,702

40,104

-12%

99%

42,331

95%

Derbyshire

10,480

12,256

17%

98%

14,736

83%

Devon and Cornwall

42,888

47,272

10%

98%

52,152

91%

Dorset

23,027

22,716

-1%

94%

26,391

86%

Durham

8,802

19,395

120%

95%

20,764

93%

Essex

95,967

91,849

-4%

94%

124,923

74%

Gloucestershire

21,727

24,121

11%

99%

25,729

94%

Greater Manchester

101,421

106,839

5%

99%

122,411

87%

Hampshire

79,126

73,036

-8%

96%

81,149

90%

Hertfordshire

51,158

52,794

3%

98%

61,763

85%

Humberside

57,930

53,679

-7%

96%

63,004

85%

Kent

18,878

20,366

8%

95%

30,024

68%

Lancashire

61,242

74,286

21%

99%

85,293

87%

Leicestershire

37,340

41,909

12%

99%

50,826

82%

Lincolnshire

47,020

45,712

-3%

98%

48,611

94%

 

Police Force Area

Total number of speeding offences detected 2017-18

Total number of speeding offences detected 2018-19

% year-on-year change 2018-19

Proportion of speeding offences detected by camera 2018-2019

Total number of all motoring offences 2018-19

Proportion of speeding offences relative to all motoring offences 2018-19

Merseyside

60,681

53,112

-12%

86%

75,962

70%

Norfolk and Suffolk

92,750

98,729

6%

96%

114,957

86%

North Wales

20,462

19,493

-5%

90%

24,610

79%

North Yorkshire

29,922

41,934

40%

99%

47,421

88%

Northamptonshire

47,860

49,448

3%

100%

56,800

87%

Northumbria

66,327

67,857

2%

99%

75,961

89%

Nottinghamshire

27,155

24,566

-10%

99%

30,845

80%

Wales (except North Wales)

43,425

35,005

-19%

96%

49,934

70%

South Yorkshire

47,811

55,461

16%

99%

63,162

88%

Staffordshire

41,392

48,583

17%

98%

54,771

89%

Surrey

74,163

89,079

20%

100%

98,427

91%

Sussex

56,828

54,139

-5%

98%

62,202

87%

Thames Valley

131,400

145,447

11%

98%

158,854

92%

Warwickshire

43,409

52,774

22%

99%

58,612

90%

West Mercia

66,858

92,335

38%

99%

98,161

94%

West Midlands

34,966

57,154

63%

93%

67,457

85%

West Yorkshire

174,796

181,867

4%

99%

201,548

90%

Wiltshire

1,191

807

-32%

0%

3,008

27%

Total England and Wales

2,292,534

2,386,780

4%

97%

2,837,661

84%

 



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