December 14, 2017 at 2:15 PM

Figures from the Department of Transport (DfT) have shown that the number of drivers caught speeding in 2016 was at its highest since 2005 - marking the fifth consecutive year of growth.

In 2011, there were 1.6 million speeding offences recorded on UK roads - ending six years of decreases from 2005-2010 when speeding prosecutions fell to just 1.1million at their lowest. However, 2016 saw that number rise to 2.15 million, having experienced five consecutive years of growth.

In 2016, 5,899 drivers were caught over the speed limit every day in England and Wales. Whilst the number of drivers served with penalty charge notices (PCN) last year increased by 28,000 compared to 2015.

“While some of the increase in the volume of speeding offences has been caused by a change in reporting methods – with those attending driver awareness courses which have been shown to reduce reoffending now included – there is no doubt that speeding remains a major safety concern" said Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research.

In the same DfT report, it was found the number of serious motoring offences such as dangerous driving and drink driving had fallen by nearly 20,000 between 2015 - 2016, bringing the total decrease over the last six years to nearly 100,000.

Speeding prosecutions at the highest level since 2005

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