More motorists in Avon and Somerset have been caught speeding than anywhere else in the UK – new research has revealed.
A total of 163,784 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) were issued to speeding drivers across the force area by police in 2018, the largest amount in the country.
The West Mercia area was in second place, with police handing out 90,203 FPNs followed by Hampshire Police who issued penalty notices to 73,220 drivers.
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However neighbouring Gwent Police is the force in the UK to issue to least number of FPNs, handing out only 135 during the year.
The data also revealed that the nation’s fastest driver was also caught in the Avon and Somerset area, travelling at a terrifying 162mph.
Details of where the offence took place however were not revealed.
Another driver was also caught behind the wheel doing 162mph in West Yorkshire.
The new data was sourced by car dealership Dick Lovett who asked all police forces across Britain as part of a Freedom of Information request.
Forces were also asked for figures regarding uninsured drivers and for drivers caught using a mobile phone while behind the wheel.
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And whereas Avon and Somerset ranked the top of the charts for issues speeding fines, it did not feature in the top 10 areas for uninsured drivers or motorists using phones while behind the wheel.
There are hundreds of thousands of road traffic accidents across the UK each year with 25,000 resulting in serious injuries and just under 2,000 ending in fatality.
This research follows data released last month that revealed of 195,559 motorists were caught exceeding the speed limit on the M5 between January 1, 2018 and June 1, 2019.
The information released by Avon and Somerset Police in a FOI revealed one driver was caught on a busy stretch of motorway driving at 141mph.
The current speed limit for motorway driving is 70mph.
The speeding figures come at the same time as the Department for Transport (DfT) is to launch the first of its kind joint review into road policing and traffic enforcement in a bid to review safety.
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The two year review, jointly funded by the Department for Transport (DfT) and Highways England, will look at how roads policing currently works, its effectiveness, and where improvements could be made or gaps bridged.
The DfT will be looking at this with the Home Office and the National Police Chiefs’ Council.
A pilot programme based on the review and consultation feedback could begin next year, and could test out new initiatives or ways of working to see what works best in reducing road casualties.
The review will also look at how the police and different agencies work together, the information they share and how improvements may increase capability and capacity.
It will also consider how best to police roads in rural and urban areas, and the strategic road network.
In order to find out what currently works well, a call for evidence will be launched this autumn. Findings and recommendations will be ready in 2020.
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