Motorists with points warned to be extra careful
RECKLESS motorists in Gloucestershire have been warned to be more careful, after it emerged thousands of people in the county are driving with points on their licences.
Figures released by cyclists' charity CTC show 8.5 per cent of registered drivers in the county have penalty points – 35,417 out of a total 416,508.
Of those, 803 people have nine points – just one driving offence away from having their licence removed altogether.
The figures, broken down by postal code area, show drivers with a GL postcode are ranked 74th worst in the country out of 120 districts.
The news comes as the Echo leads the RIP 479 campaign to reduce the number of deaths on the roads in the county.
Andre Bovington, of the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership, said while the figures showed the county was not a hotspot for bad driving, it was incumbent on those who had picked up points to be more careful.
He said: "The findings of this research show that more than 90 per cent of drivers in Gloucestershire don't have points on their licence.
"This shows that the vast majority of the county's drivers are responsible, law-abiding and careful road users.
"For the minority of road users, we'd like to remind them to use our roads considerately and within the law, so that we can all move around the county as safely as possible."
The Gloucestershire postal code district compares well to other towns and cities in the region.
Bristol is 71st worst with 8.6 per cent of its drivers with points, Oxford comes in at 51st with 9.1 per cent.
Bath gets into the top 25 with 9.7 per cent of its drivers having points.
Glasgow tops the list, with 14.5 per cent of drivers living in the postcode area with points. At the other end, Lerwick, in Shetland, has the fewest: just four per cent of drivers have had their licences endorsed.
Chris Peck, CTC's policy coordinator, said the fluctuation of figures across the country had a lot to do with the uneven distribution of traffic police resources.
His organisation has launched a petition calling for stronger enforcement of road traffic law.