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Court cases for speeding reach record high


Almost a quarter of a million drivers (245,043) were sat in the dock accused of speeding last year, the highest since records began, following analysis of the 2022 Criminal Justice Statistics* carried out by the AA.


The analysis also showed that more than 55,500 cases were heard for vehicles being on the road without tax, a 12.3% increase compared to the previous year. Similarly, more than 101,057 people found themselves in court for failing to supply information after being required to do so by the police, up from 96,799 in 2021.


Last year 83,100 drivers were in court for driving without insurance, down 11,000 cases compared to 2021, while more than 3,000 drivers stood accused of driving without a valid MOT.


Worryingly, the number of drink driving cases brought to court rose by 1.8% to 33,099 last year. However, there was a 16.0% reduction in cases of drug driving and a 15.5% fall in drivers pursued for using a handheld mobile phone behind the wheel.


In total 710,738 cases came to court for motoring offences last year with 642,236 resulting in a conviction. This means that nine out of 10 motoring cases that end up in court result in a guilty verdict, showing that drivers are highly unlikely to be acquitted.


Jack Cousens, head of roads policy at the AA, said; “These figures serve as a reminder of the huge consequences both poor and illegal driving can result in. Those willing to gamble when behind the wheel should think again.


“Some may say that record speeding cases are just a reflection of too many cameras but speeding can be life ending and life changing, so it is only right that those excessive speeders are properly punished.


“While the number of cases for using a handheld mobile phone behind the wheel and drug driving have fallen, we are not fully convinced that this is due to improved compliance.


“Our own studies show that a quarter of drivers regularly see others picking up a phone when behind the wheel**, meanwhile a reduction in dedicated traffic officers means some drivers feel they can get away with certain behaviours.”

 

* https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1157773/all-offence-tool-2022.xlsx


** Yonder conducted an online sample of 13,480 UK adults aged 18-65+ between 9th and 20th December 2022. Data is weighted to be representative of the population of the UK. Targets for quotas and weights are taken from the PAMCO survey, a random probability survey conducted annually with 35,000 adults. Yonder is a founding member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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