IAM calls for answers over motoring offences drop

13th June 2012

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has called for answers after new figures showed a drop in the number of magistrates' court proceedings for motoring offences fell 12.6 per cent over the last year.

According to the findings, which were based on Ministry of Justice figures released earlier this month, the total number of magistrates' court proceedings for motoring offences fell from one million in 2010 to 888,000 in 2011.

The number of people facing prosecution also fell from 630,900 to 566,800 in a dip of ten per cent, according to the IAM.

Data related to magistrates' court cases showed there was a 10.5 per cent drop in the number of prosecution for those failing to stop at an accident.

Speeding offences detected by cameras also fell ten per cent, while there was an 11.5 per cent fall in the number of people facing prosecution for using hand held phones.

Chief executive Simon Best cited the expansion of awareness courses for offences likes speeding though he was at a loss to explain the drop in prosecution numbers related to more serious offences.

The figures showed that the number of people facing prosecution for causing death by dangerous driving fell by 28.7 per cent over the last year, while the number of prosecutions for driving offences that resulted in death fell 11.5 per cent.

“While we fully support increasing and improving courses for some driving offences, we need to know why fewer drivers are being prosecuted for the more serious offences," he said.

"The government needs to explain the reasons for such a dramatic fall.”

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