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Traffic offences soar amid police crackdown

Traffic offences soar amid police crackdown

A police crackdown on traffic offenders has led to scores of people being reported for process for speeding, according to statistics published by the Gibraltar Police Authority in its annual report.

The data shows a 180% increase in the number of people processed for speeding between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015. A total of 1, 433 people were booked for the offence, compared to 511 people the preceding year.

Although there was a also 75% increase in the number of serious traffic offences in 2014/2015, there was a 28% decrease in the number of road traffic collisions during the same period.

According to the figures, 124 drink drivers were reported for process during 2014-2015 compared with 90 people in the previous year, an increase of 38%.

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More people were also processed for using a mobile phone whilst driving – up 40% – and not wearing seatbelts, which increased by 31%.

In late 2014, Commissioner of Police Eddie Yome said that the element of speed continues to feature as the most significant contributory factor in road traffic collisions and vowed to focus RGP resources to address it.

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