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Police have limited resources. They do not have the capacity to detect and sanction all motoring offences. Action Vision Zero thinks the priority should be on those offences which pose harm to others, especially those road users more vulnerable. Our four priority offences are:
- Careless Driving
- Mobile phone use
- Uninsured vehicles
See the table below for data on the total number of officer detected offences and how many were these priority offences for each police service in England and Wales in 2019. We have identified officer detected offences as those reported by the Home Office as ‘non camera’ detected speed limit offences and ‘driver present’ for the other three offences (Note: the Home Office uses this classification and does not provide data on non camera detected for the other three offences).
The graph below shows the percent of officer detected sanctions reported by the Home Officer that were on the priority offences (speeding, careless driving, mobile phone use, and uninsured vehicles). With a national average of 51%, this ranges from a low of 37% In North Yorkshire to a high of 74% in Durham.