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Nearly 2.4 million speeding offences were detected in England and Wales in 2018-2019, according to analysis of data by the RAC Foundation.

It said 2,386,780 offences were detected during 2018-19, a rise of 2017-18 when the number stood at 2,292,534, a 37% rise on the 1,740,217 speeding offences detected in 2011-12.

The total number of all motoring offences detected across the two countries in 2018-19 was 2,837,661, meaning speeding accounted for 84% of them.

The total number of all motoring offences detected across the two countries in 2018-19 was 2,837,661, meaning speeding accounted for 84% of them.

Speeding

Of the 2,386,780 speeding offences detected in 2018-19:

  • 44% resulted in the offender being sent on a speed awareness course
  • 34% attracted fixed penalty notices (FPNs)
  • 12% were later cancelled
  • 10% resulted in court action

The analysis revealed that West Yorkshire topped the list with 181,867 people caught speeding in 2018-19. Second was Avon and Somerset (159,210) followed by the Metropolitan Police, including City of London (157,494).

At the other end of the scale Wiltshire Constabulary caught 807 people speeding, Cleveland caught 11,937 and Derbyshire 12,256.

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.”