New police data reveals Britain's speeding hot spots

Data has been published showing which places and roads have been the worst in Britain for speeding over the past two years or so.

"Speed camera, Blossomfield Road, Solihull" by ell brown is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

The latest data from the police in Britain has revealed which region of Britain has received the most speeding tickets.

The data that has been collected was recorded between January 2021 and January of this year, and has been published by the RAC, giving two years’ worth of data about how speeding has changed across Britain in recent years.

The area in Britain which recorded the most total number of speeding tickets across the two-year period was West Yorkshire. The total number of speeding tickets given out in the district across the time period was 224,160. Bradford accumulated the highest number of points on driving licences in West Yorkshire across the time period also.

The top ten also featured Avon and Somerset and Thames Valley in the top three with 173,428 and 151,501 speeding tickets issued respectively across the time period. The remaining seven regions in the top ten featured: the West Midlands (95,093), Surrey (87,270), Bedfordshire (69,818), South Yorkshire (67,255), Hampshire (62,514), Lincolnshire (59,525) and Hertfordshire (53,627).

There were five regions of Britain that did not have more than 5,000 speeding tickets issued throughout the time period. These areas were: South Wales (4,455), Sussex (3,071), Wiltshire (2,059), Merseyside (2,035) and Durham (693).

However, there is an issue with the data that was collected. Out of the 44 police forces that were contacted with a Freedom of Information (FOI) request only 23 forces responded to the request with data. This does mean that nearly half of the Britain’s police forces data on speeding tickets is not available for use in the list. Therefore, the data does not allow for a complete representation of Britain’s roads.

The data that was collected also revealed that every 16 minutes someone is either killed or seriously injured on the roads in Britain. Road safety charity, Brake, stated that five people die and 84 more are seriously injured every day on Britain’s roads. Last year alone 1,068 people lost their lives when involved in an incident on Britain’s roads. A further 26,071 were seriously injured last year alone also. 

However, police data has also shown that there has been little change in the number of deaths and injuries in road accidents since 2012.

Lead image credit: "Speed camera, Blossomfield Road, Solihull" by Ell Brown is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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