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Traffic convictions continue to rise

Convictions for traffic offenses in England and Wales increased in 2016, continuing a trend which began in 2014, according to IAM Roadsmart.

Speed limit and camera

Speeding is still one of the most common motoring convictions.

The latest Government figures (for 2016) showed convictions increased by 6% last year, from 646,000 to 667,000, with just over half (51%) those prosecuted for speeding or insurance offences.

This represents a 19% uplift on 2013’s record low, with the biggest percentage increase found in dangerous driving convictions (up 52%, to 5,235), while failure to supply driver identity is also on the increase.

However, drink driving convictions were down 10% since 2013 (to 39,000), while mobile phone convictions totalled 13,847 – a 57% reduction compared to 2011’s figures. IAM Roadsmart said this reflected a combination of targeted enforcement, electronic surveillance and a new focus on traffic policing.

Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research, said: “Even though there is a long way to go, an increased certainty of conviction might get some drivers out of the mindset of thinking they can get away with drink or drug driving or using a hand-held mobile phone at the wheel of a car.”

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.