Roads Policing: Tackling the Priority Offences

Priority offences

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 who are more vulnerable. Our four priority offences are:

  • Speeding
  • 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.

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.