Fewer bad drivers sent to court

Posted on June 15th, 2012 by James Luckhurst

Fewer bad drivers sent to courtResearch from the Institute of Advanced Motorists shows the total number of magistrates’ court proceedings for motoring offences fell from one million in 2010 to 888,000 in 2011, down 12.6 per cent. The findings, based on Ministry of Justice figures, also show that the number of people facing prosecution in magistrates’ courts fell from 630,900 in 2010 to 566,800 in 2011, down 10 per cent.

Key findings include:

  • The number of people facing prosecution for driving offences that resulted in death dropped by 11.5 per cent, from 694 in 2010 to 614 in 2011.
  • The number of people facing prosecution for causing death by dangerous driving fell from 282 in 2010 to 201 in 2011, down 28.7 per cent.
  • In 2011, 3,200 people were sentenced to immediate custody for summary motoring offences, a fall of 18.8 per cent since 2010.
  • Unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle prosecutions were down 10 per cent from 8,049 in 2011 to 7,234 in 2010.

In magistrates’ courts:

  • 7,617 faced prosecution in 2011 for failing to stop at an accident, down from 8,531 in 2010 – a fall of 10.5 per cent.
  • The number of speeding offences detected by cameras fell by 10 per cent from 70,681 in 2010 to 63,230 in 2011.
  • There was an 11.5 per cent fall in the number of people facing prosecution for using a hand held phone. This fell from 40,000 in 2010 to 35,400 in 2011.

Can we interpret this as good news because fewer people are driving badly?

Or are there fewer detections because there are not enough police on the streets?

Can the recession be held partly responsible?

Have your say – let us know your explanation for these figures, and who should be held to account.