PSNI Announce Reduction in Detected Motor Offences

The PSNI’s annual Motoring Offences Statistics have recorded a 13% decrease in detected offences during 2019. In 2019 there were 47,065 detections, down from 53,911 in 2018.

16% of the detections were for speeding offences, with the highest speed recorded at 135mph on the A1 dual carriageway, where the speed limit is 70mph. Approximately 1 in 6 drivers caught successfully completed a speed awareness course. Commenting on the reduction in offences, PSNI Chief Inspector Diane Pennington remarked “removing excess speed from the road safety equation should be the easiest thing that every road user can do. If we all stop speeding, more people live.”

The number of arrests for drink or drug driving decreased, but the highest reading recorded was almost 5 times the legal limit. The statistics showed a significant gender imbalance, as 79% of the offenders were male, whilst those aged 30-49 were the most likely offenders (41%).

Over half of the offences resulted in referral for prosecution through the Courts.

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https://www.psni.police.uk/globalassets/inside-the-psni/our-statistics/motoring-offences-statistics/2019/motoring-offences_infographic.pdf

https://www.psni.police.uk/globalassets/inside-the-psni/our-statistics/motoring-offences-statistics/2019/motoring-offences-2019-annual-report.pdf

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/speeding-offences-halved-in-northern-ireland-but-drivers-still-taking-unacceptable-risks-39079856.html