Speeding prosecutions are ‘postcode lottery’

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Speeding prosecutions are dished out in a postcode lottery with the chances of getting one varying widely from one region to another, according to a report.  

One in eight motorists in North Wales received points on their licence for speeding in 2007 compared to one in 100 in Durham.

For all traffic offences, Northamptonshire led the way in England and Wales with on in six motorists getting points.

Durham was again bottom of the table with a rate of one in 50.

In Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway beat even North Wales, with one in five getting points.

The rate of drivers getting points for using mobile phones also varied, from 1% in Merseyside to one in 500 in Leicestershire.

A spokeswoman for the magazine Auto Express, which obtained the figures, said: “The risk to your licence simple depends on where you live.”

Steve Farrell

By Steve Farrell