CTC, the national cycling charity, has published a map showing the areas of the UK where drivers have the highest number of penalty points, and is calling on the public to support its ‘Road Justice’ campaign.
The map of Great Britain is divided into postcodes and allows users to see what percentage of drivers have penalty points in any particular area.
CTC says that in some locations, like Glasgow, Liverpool and south Dorset, more drivers are being caught breaking the law and as a result a high proportion have penalty points. CTC also highlights other areas – such as east Kent, the Isle of Wight, Devon and Cornwall – where it says fewer drivers are being caught.
While this may be a result of different standards of driving and different demographics, CTC says it is “mostly a result of the number of, and resources for, road traffic police”.
The map and an accompanying petition are part of CTC’s ‘Road Justice’ campaign (formerly known as Stop-SMIDSY) which aims to address the “far too common attitude that simply saying ‘Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You’ somehow erases an act of bad driving”.
Through Road Justice, CTC says it is seeking to make roads in the UK “safer for all road users by encouraging the police, the prosecution services and the courts to put policies and practices in place which demonstrate that bad driving is being taken seriously and being actively discouraged”.
CTC says the number of traffic police has reduced by 29% in the last 10 years, and is encouraging people to sign the Road Justice petition which asks police forces to make a pledge to improve roads policing in their area.