Croydon motorists fifth-highest in country for driving penalty points
Drivers in Croydon are caught committing road offences more frequently than almost other areas of the country, new figures show.
The borough's motorists clock up the fifth-highest tally of multiple penalty points, according to statistics compiled by cycling charity CTC.
Of the nearly 240,000 drivers in the Croydon postcode area, 3.7 per cent have more than nine points on their licence - more than all but four regions of the UK.
Some 8.7 per cent of motorists had incurred least one penalty point, which are dished out for offences including speeding, drink driving and failing to stop at an accident.
The east London postcode area, where 4.35 per cent of licence holders had more than nine points, had the highest proportion of serious or repeat offenders.
Chris Peck, CTC's policy co-ordinator, suggested discrepancies between regions could reflect the distribution of police resources.
He said: "The loss of road traffic policing hasn’t been even. Overall there are a third fewer road traffic police today than ten years ago – but the reduction has been greater in some police forces than in others."
Drivers who incur 12 penalty points within three years are stripped of their licences.
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