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Britain’s regions where you are up to 160 TIMES more likely to be caught speeding

YOU’RE 160 times more likely to be caught speeding in Avon and Somerset than you are in Wiltshire.

And that’s despite the two police forces neighbouring each other.

Almost 200,000 speeding drivers were caught in Avon and Somerset

New Home Office figures analysed by the RAC Foundation reveal that Avon and Somerset Police caught almost 200,000 motorists speeding in 2017/18.

But nearby Wiltshire officers only clocked 1,191 drivers flouting the speed limit in the same time.

Almost 175,000 drivers were caught driving too quickly in West Yorkshire, according to the figures, while 139,318 speeding motorists were spotted by Metropolitan Police.

Police forces covering the Thames Valley, Greater Manchester and Essex also saw a high number of speeding drivers.

The top 10 police forces which have detected the most speeding drivers

  1. Avon and Somerset – 199,337
  2. West Yorkshire – 174,796
  3. Metropolitan Police (including City of London) – 139,318
  4. Thames Valley – 131,401
  5. Greater Manchester – 101,421
  6. Essex – 95,967
  7. Norfolk – 92,750
  8. Hampshire – 79,126
  9. Bedfordshire – 74,297
  10. Surrey – 74,163

Meanwhile, Durham, Derbyshire, Cleveland and Kent were the police regions with the lowest rates of speeding offences.

Almost 2.3million speeding offences were detected by police forces across England and Wales last year, a four per cent rise on the previous year.

The breakdown comes after the announcement that all new cars sold in the UK will have devices fitted to them by 2022 to stop drivers breaking the speed limit.

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “There will be many varied and obvious reasons to explain some of the differences between forces such as geographical area, road type and traffic volume.

“But a lot of it will come down to the local policing priorities.


“It is the job of Police and Crime Commissioners, and Chief Constables, to target resources appropriately, recognising the issues of greatest local concern.

“Changes and variations in the numbers of offences detected will reflect not just driver behaviour but also the extent of enforcement activity in any one year.

“Drivers tempted to flout the law should recognise that any targeted crackdown on speeding to curtail risky behaviour could swiftly be repeated if those reckless attitudes start to re-emerge.”

Source: The Sun Motors – Britain’s regions where you are up to 160 TIMES more likely to be caught speeding

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