The number of motor vehicle offences recorded across Scotland has dropped eight per cent since 2017/18 – from 127,015 to 117,015 – and down 60 per cent from figures reported in 2013/14. According to the latest bulletin released last week, the majority of crimes have fallen across Scotland in the last decade, with the total number of recorded crime dropping 27 per cent since 2009/10.
While the total number of crimes recorded by police has increased one per cent year-on-year - from 244,504 offences to 246,480 in 2018/19 - the recording of crime remains at one of the lowest levels seen since 1974.
Unlawful use of vehicle – including offences such as driving while disqualified and driving without insurance – accounted for the largest category of this offence group, totalling 31 per cent of all motor vehicle offences. This was a 16 per cent decrease from figures in 2017/18 (from 42,781 recorded crimes to 36,848). During this period, 26 local authorities all recorded a drop in this particular category.
Twenty-three per cent of all motor vehicle crimes were recorded as speeding offences, the latest data reveals. This was a six per cent drop from the previous year – from 29,223 to 27,368 – and a 67 per cent drop from 2013/14’s data. Between 2017/18 and 2018/19, over half of all local authorities reported a decrease in speeding offences.
Careless and dangerous driving made up less than 10 per cent of all recorded motor vehicle offences in Scotland during 2018/19. This was a two per cent rise on figures reported the previous year – from 10,722 to 10,989 – but a five per cent drop from 2009/10. Fifteen local authorities experienced an annual decrease in recorded careless and dangerous driving offences.
Five per cent of all motor vehicle offences were recorded as driving under the influence. This was a slight decrease year-on-year – from 5,863 to 5,847 – but a 31 per cent drop since 2009/10. Half of local authorities recorded a decline in this category between 2017/18 and 2018/19.
Mobile phone offences accounted for just two per cent of motor vehicle crimes; a drop of nine per cent on the previous year and an overall decrease of 92 per cent since 2013/14. Three-quarters of all local authority areas reported a drop in mobile phone offence between 2017/18 and 2018/19,
Seat belt offences also made up two per cent of all motor vehicle offences in 2018/19; a seven per cent decrease on the previous year and a 92 per cent drop from figures reported in 2013/14.
The national rate of recorded motor vehicle offences decreased from 234 per 10,000 population in 2017/18 to 215 per 10,000 in 2018/19. While this rate varied by local authority area, the highest rate was recorded in Dumfries & Galloway (545 per 10,000), and the lowest was found in East Dunbartonshire (72 per 10,000).
The data revealed there were 453 recorded crimes per 10,000 population in Scotland. Surpassing the national rate was Glasgow City (717 per 10,000) and Edinburgh City (604 per 10,000). The local authority areas with the lowest number of recorded crimes were reported as Na h-Eileanan Siar and the Orkney Islands at 143 and 163 per 10,000 respectively.
If you have been charged with drink driving, drug driving, driving while disqualified, using a mobile phone while driving, or careless and dangerous driving in Scotland, it is imperative you seek specialist legal advice from a professional road traffic lawyer. Get in touch with McGovern Reid Court lawyers today by completing the online enquiry form.