Penalty points data was issued again today up to November 2007 (from October 2002). It shows that approximately 585,000 point offerces were issued. The vast majority were for speeding
A few weeks ago the indo said that 311,000 drivers had been issued with points up to the same period.
Assuming 3 penalty points is the average per offerce (worst case I guess) thats nearly 6 points per licence which is now too bad.
However it does show that approximately 15% of the driving population are offending (~2.1 million drivers) which is quite high.
I decided to snoop around the site and I found this ugly table.
According to it, the fatalities on the roads have decreased by 13%. However this is a misnomer as the number of vehicles/licences holders and thus drivers has increased dramatically over that time period. Thus the number of deaths per driver has decreased by approx 38% over this time period which is huge.
It would seem that the penalty points system is work though the twits doing the maths cant work it out yet.
If we take the death rate at 1998 (deaths per vehicle) and multiply that by the number of vehicles in 2005 we get the equivalent number of deaths in 2005 based on 1998 figures. That figure is:
The number of deaths in 2005:
Thus approx 250 deaths have been saved though the points system, better and safer cars and other improvements from between the two periods.