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More than ten per cent of Dorset's drivers have points on their licence according to nationwide list
DRIVERS in Dorset are more likely to have points on their licence than almost anywhere else in the country.
People with DT postcodes were ranked ninth in a nationwide list, with more than 10 per cent of drivers having points for speeding or other offences.
Those with Bournemouth postcodes, which includes people living in Purbeck, came sixth in the list.
Fenella Shelton, a local campaigner for road safety charity Brake, urged drivers to think about what would happen if their own child was involved in an accident.
She said: “If you are speeding, your reaction times are reduced. Too many accidents and deaths occur when people are breaking driving laws.”
She added: “In 2007 I was hit by a driver who was speeding in a 30mph zone. It took me three years to recover – but I was lucky.
“The message is, if there’s a limit it’s there for a reason.”
Weymouth mum Morgan Geake-Smith spoke out after her son Phoenix, six, was injured in a hit-and-run incident.
She said: “People need to be more conscious that when they get into a car it is a dangerous vehicle.”
Tim Williamson, head of motoring offences at law firm Blake Lapthorn, said the findings did not necessarily mean drivers in Dorset were more likely to speed.
He said: “The safest way of avoiding penalty points is to stick to the speed limits.
“However, drivers must be aware of the large discrepancy between drivers in different parts of the country.
“Motorists in Dorset will note that their force has more traffic officers and a large number of speed cameras culminating in a much higher conviction rate for motoring offences.”
Mr Williamson called for a ‘uniformity of approach’ to ensure fairness for motorists.
He added: “We would agree that driver education is crucial to the road safety strategy and to that end, full and proper use should be made of speed awareness courses.
“It seems that some forces are more willing than others to offer education courses.”
But this rises 11 to 13 per cent for drivers in rural areas surrounding these towns.
The list was compiled by national cycling charity Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC).
Policy co-ordinator Chris Peck said: “It can’t just be down to driver behaviour. The loss of road traffic policing hasn’t been even.
“Overall there are a third fewer road traffic police today than ten years ago – but the reduction has been greater in some police forces than in others.”
The charity is calling for police forces to devote more resources to traffic policing and improve the standard of investigation of serious road accidents.
To sign the petition, visit website roadjustice.org.uk/police-petition
WHERE do you rank? The percentage of drivers with penalty points by postcode:
- DT1 19.15 per cent
- DT2 11.01 per cent
- DT3 11.33 per cent
- DT4 10.67 per cent
- DT5 10.45 per cent
- DT6 10.66 per cent
- DT7 10.19 per cent
- DT8 9.67 per cent
- DT9 9.68 per cent
- DT10 11.79 per cent
- DT11 11.98 per cent
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