Hampshire police catch 73,000 speeding drivers in just 12 months

Speeding accounted for nine in 10 driving offences in Hampshire last year, figures reveal.

Saturday, 4th January 2020, 11:52 am
Updated Sunday, 5th January 2020, 3:42 pm

Analysis of Home Office data by the group shows that motorists were caught driving too fast 73,036 times by Hampshire Constabulary in 2018-19.

It means 90 per cent of the 81,149 motoring offences recorded over the period were for speeding.

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

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File photo from 2015 of three SPECS Average Speed cameras in position on the M3 motorway in Hampshire. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

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The number of speeding offences detected in Hampshire in 2018-19 was eight per cent lower than during the previous year, but 6 per cent more than in 2011-12.

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

In Hampshire, 58 per cent 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 (30 per cent), while six per cent of offences were cancelled and 6 per cent wound up in court.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.’

Analysis carried out with Liverpool John Moores University found that the number of drivers caught speeding varied widely across England and Wales.

The police force that detected the most speeding offences in 2018-19 was West Yorkshire with 182,000.

But in Wiltshire, where all speed cameras were turned off in 2010, the police caught fewer than 1,000 people speeding.

Researchers suggested the disparity is partly due to road type, traffic volume and local policing priorities.

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.