Justice

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered at on 16 July 2010.

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Photo of Lord George Foulkes Lord George Foulkes Labour

Question S3W-34734

To ask the Scottish Executive what the rate of speeding offences per 1,000 population was in each police force area in the last three years for which information is available and what the explanation is for the differences.

Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Scottish National Party

The available information is provided in the following table:

Number of Speeding Offences Recorded by the Police per 1,000 Population, by Police Force Area, 2006-07 to 2008-09

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Police Force Area2006-072007-082008-09
Central584742
Dumfries and Galloway1277576
Fife262723
Grampian352723
Lothian and Borders452822
Northern282530
Strathclyde131613
Tayside565336
Scotland322723

Source: Scottish Government Justice Analytical Services.

The variation in the offence rate can be explained in some part at least by variations in the number of temporary residents and the number of vehicles passing through the area in relation to the number of permanent residents. Areas, such as Dumfries and Galloway, which has a low permanent population but a high number of temporary residents (tourist) and a high volume of through traffic from both tourism and commerce, will tend to have high offence rates when compared with other areas, such as Strathclyde, which has a high permanent population with relatively small numbers of temporary residents and relatively low through traffic volumes. Temporary residents and through traffic will contribute to the overall number of offences but, as the offence rates are calculated on the basis of permanent resident numbers, there will inevitably be an associated variation in the offence rates between areas.

In 2006, Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary underwent an inspection by HMICS. Following the outcome of this report, Dumfries and Galloway Safety Camera Partnership moved their focus to more rural roads where there were a higher number of collisions but a smaller number of offenders.

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