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Breath Test and Motoring Offences Statistics

Watching Top Gear this week with our Jeremy Clarkson quizzing the minister I think a look at 2003 Motoring Offence and Breath Test Statistics would have helped him ask the minister a few pertinent questions to ascertain if motorists were being targeted a table of motoring offences for the last eleven years are included in the report four years of them are reproduced below ,these show what action was taken on motoring offences the main thing that stands out is that although vehicle numbers have risen by 20% over the thirteen year period offences have increased by 98% and in the last four years vehicles up by 2,000,000 and offences by 3,500,000 what does this tell us about motoring today The report was compiled for the Home Office by Ransford Fiti, Dave Perry & Liza Murray

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MAIN POINTS

Motoring offences
• The number of motoring offences dealt with by official police action or penalty charge notice in 2003 was 13.2 million, up 15 per cent on 2002 and the highest number recorded

• The number of offences dealt with by motoring fixed penalty notice issued by the police (including traffic wardens) in 2003 was 3.6 million, up 27 per cent on 2002. In addition 7.1 million penalty charge notices were issued by local authority parking attendants in 2003, up 11 per cent

• There were 2.3 million court proceedings for motoring offences during 2003, up nine per cent on 2002

• Cameras provided evidence for 1.9 million offences dealt with in 2003. Overall these cameras provided evidence for 93 per cent of speeding offences dealt with Breath tests

• 534,000 screening breath tests were carried out during 2003, six per cent fewer than in 2002

• The number of positive or refused tests in 2003 rose by three per cent from 103,000 in 2002 to 106,000 in 2003

NUMBER OF OFFENCES DEALT WITH

Table of Offences relating to motor vehicles: summary of action taken in England and Wales
  Type of action
Year Written Warnings VDRS notice Fixed Penalty Notice Penalty Charge Notice Court Proceedings Total Vehicles currently licensed
2000 0.1 0.1 3.0 4.7 2.1 9.9 26.2
2001 0.1 0.1 2.9 5.3 2.0 10.4 27.0
2002 0.1 0.1 2.9 6.4 2.1 11.5 27.7
2003 0.1 0.1 3.6 7.1 2.3 13.2 28.2
Figures in millions




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