Almost 23,000 Dorset drivers caught speeding

Almost 23,000 Dorset drivers caught speeding

Published by Helen Down at 12:55pm 2nd January 2020.

Stats reveal the number of motorists given a ticket last year.

The RAC Foundation has been analysing data from the Home Office for 2018/2019.

The figures show drivers were caught driving too fast 22,716 times in Dorset.

While in neighbouring county Wiltshire, where all speed camera's were turned off in 2010, less than 1,000 motorists were caught speeding by police.

The police force that detected the most speeding offences in 2018-19 was West Yorkshire with 182,000.

Ansty village speed indicator device - speeding (Mike Draper) (4)
The number of drivers caught speeding in Dorset in 2018/19 remained roughly the same compared to the previous year

A drop in the number of offences

The number of speeding offences detected in Dorset in 2018-19 was roughly in line with the previous year, but 32% less than in 2011-12.

How were speeding drivers dealt with?

The majority of drivers caught speeding in Dorset were given a fine as punishment.

  • 83% were given a fine
  • 9% were cancelled
  • 5% resulted in court action
  • 2% sent on a speed awareness course


Steve Gooding of the RAC Foundation said: 

"The simple rule for drivers who don’t want to risk ending up with a speeding ticket is not to break the limit in the first place.

"Where limits are properly signposted, and clearly feel right for the road in question, then motorists have no excuse for going faster.

"But that means highway authorities also have a responsibility to make sure the limits they set are appropriate and to avoid instances where the limit repeatedly bounces up and down along a single stretch."

Department for Transport figures show 186 people were killed and 1,505 seriously injured in crashes on Britain's roads in 2018 in which a vehicle exceeding the speed limit was a contributory factor.