The UK’s driving offence capitals have been revealed, with drivers in the South-East coming out on top as the UK’s worst offenders – with over half a million (504,667) motoring crimes recorded between 2015 and 2016.
To highlight the research, no.1 for car savings site Confused.com has launched a motoring map of the UK, which shows the number of offences in each region between 2015 and 2016.
The map, compiled of Freedom of Information data, reveals drivers in the South-East have committed more speeding, driving without a seatbelt and defective tyre offences than any other region of the UK between 2015 and 2016.
Police forces in the South-East have recorded 476,467 speeding offences between 2015 and 2016, accounting for 21% of the UK’s total. Further research reveals one in 10 (11%) motorists in this area cite speed as their favourite thing about driving. And while nearly three quarters (73%) of South-East motorists admit to driving over the speed limit, only 25% of these have been caught.
And to add more danger to being behind the wheel while speeding, motorists in the South-East are also top of the table for driving without a seatbelt. In fact, the South-East account for almost a third (31%) of the UK’s total offences, with 14,175 drivers caught without wearing the suitable constraints in 2015. More than one in seven (15%) motorists in this area admit to doing this and only 3% have been convicted.
While almost two-fifths (34%) of drivers in the South-East say their favourite thing about driving is having control of the car, it would seem some motorists aren’t thinking about the effect their tyres can have on this. Police forces in this area have recorded 2,359 defective tyre offences between 2015 and 2016, more than anywhere else in the UK.
When it comes to South-East drivers’ least favourite things about driving, over a third (33%) say they dislike paying for petrol primarily. Some of these drivers must be going one step further to avoid paying, as 4,556 petrol thefts have been recorded between 2015 and 2016. Only the West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber have seen more thefts, with 6,701 and 4,932 recorded in these areas in the same time period.
While motorists in the South-East may be the most likely to commit driving offences, it would seem they do appreciate the overall driving experience. Almost two-thirds (61%) say their experience of being on the road is positive, with almost a third (32%) saying they enjoy driving. Motorists in this region enjoy the freedom driving gives them and, in fact, two thirds (65%) say this is the main reason they enjoy getting behind the wheel.