Avon and Somerset is home to the UK's worst drivers
PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:42 25 May 2018
Avon and Somerset is home to the UK's worst offending drivers, according to Government statistics.
Data from Reg Transfers, who used the number of fixed penalty notices issued by police forces across the UK from official Government sources, found Avon and Somerset had the worst driving record with a total of 197,692 offences recorded between 2016-17.
This means for every 10,000 drivers in the police force area, 1,785 received a fixed penalty notice.
Drivers in Avon and Somerset racked up the most speeding fines when compared to other areas, with 184,654 notices handed out for exceeding the limit.
The second highest offence in the police force area was neglecting traffic signs, with 8,165 incidents recorded, while parking penalties equated to 1,899 notices.
A spokesman for the police said: “Speeding itself is a low level offence but has a huge impact on people’s lives and is a significant factor in many road traffic collisions, which is why we are working closely with our partner agencies, including Highways England, to reduce fatal and serious injury road traffic collisions across Avon and Somerset.
“As a force we do not want to detect people speeding, we want people to obey the speed limits.
“We publicise all our mobile and static camera locations, so there is no excuse when people are detected.
“We believe prevention is better than cure, which is why we promote education over prosecution where possible.”
Driving instructor Neil Bayliss, of Weston and Mendip Advanced Motorists, believes the problems stem from a lack of education surrounding the dangers.
He said: “Road safety comes from better driver education.
“Driving just a few miles over the speed limit can have devastating effects. The danger is to adults and children who are affected by careless drivers.
“One of the things about advanced driving is, as insurance companies’ own research shows, advanced drivers are 70 per cent less likely to be involved in road incidents even when the other person is at fault.
“So improved local drivers will reduce the risk presented by these offenders but we still need to find ways of protecting our non-drivers.”