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36,000 drivers in county clock up penalty points
ONE out of every 11 drivers in Oxfordshire has penalty points on their licence.
More than 36,000 motorists have points, new figures show – with 903 of them having nine or more points.
Watlington has the highest proportion of drivers caught flouting the law, almost 15 per cent.
Banbury conversely has the best behaved, with only 7.02 per cent of its drivers having any endorsements on their licence.
On average, 8.07 per cent of drivers in Oxford – the OX1, 2, 3 and 4 postcodes – have points.
Wantage and it surrounding area has the highest proportion of drivers on the knife-edge of losing their licence by having nine or more points.
Overall, 9.07 per cent of the county’s total number of drivers have points, which works out to about one in 11 people.
It is marginally above the national average of 8.9 per cent, and far below some of the worst driving areas in the UK.
Glasgow tops the list, with 14.5 per cent of drivers with points on their licences.
At the other end, Lerwick, in Shetland, has the fewest, with just 4 per cent.
The statistics, which come from Government data, have been gathered by national cycling charity CTC.
Chris Peck, of the CTC, said: “Oxford itself has relatively low levels of penalty points.
“The national average is 8.9 per cent.
“The lower levels in Oxford may reflect the fact that although lots of people may live there with a driver’s licences, car use is relatively low and people who drive less have a lower risk of being caught while speeding or breaking the law.”
Road safety campaigner Ted Dewan, who campaigned for 20mph limits across Oxford, said he was surprised that the city’s figures were not higher, but said countryside roads were much faster.
“I wouldn’t say Oxford has a speeding problem,” he said.
“I am always amazed at how fast you can drive on A roads in the countryside.”
CTC officials believe that the discrepancy between areas is mainly due to differing levels of traffic policing in different areas.
Thames Valley Police chief inspector of the Joint Roads Policy Unit, Henry Parsons, said: “Roads policing officers are tasked specifically to areas where there are casualty hotspots or community concerns raised about driving-related issues.”
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