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Drivers caught speeding 47,000 times in one year

Drivers caught speeding 47,000 times in one year

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 4th January 2020. (Updated at 10:01am 4th January 2020)

It has been revealed that drivers were caught driving too fast over 47,000 times across Cornwall and Devon last year.

Speeding accounted for nine in 10 driving offences in the region during 2018-19, according to new figures.

Analysis of Home Office data by the group shows that motorists were caught driving too fast 47,272 times by Devon and Cornwall Police in 2018-19.

It means 91% of the 52,152 motoring offences recorded over the period were for speeding.

This was a higher proportion than across England and Wales as a whole - 84% of the 2.8 million motoring infractions logged across the two nations were for speeding.

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"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."

Steve Gooding, RAC Foundation

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The number of speeding offences detected in Devon and Cornwall in 2018-19 was 10% higher than during the previous year, and more than three times that during 2011-12.

Across England and Wales, the 2.4 million offences recorded in 2018-19 represented a 4% annual increase, and a 37% rise compared with seven years previously.

In Devon and Cornwall, 52% of speeding offences in 2018-19 were dealt with by sending the driver on a speed awareness course.

The next most common outcome was a fine (41%), while 5% resulted in court action and 1% of offences were cancelled.

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.

You can find all the source data here.

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