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Glasgow tops “Bad Driving League” for second year in a row

6,000 motorists in 2014 were found to be breaking the rules of the road in Glasgow as the city once again found itself top of the national league table of bad driving.

The figure was the highest in Scotland but reports suggest that the figures reflect the location of the city as being at the heart of the country’s road network. It is thought that non-Glaswegians contribute to the figure rather than it solely reflecting the quality of local driving. 

Glasgow motorway drivers

The statistics found that in Glasgow, you are nine times more likely to get caught breaking the rules of the road than in neighbouring East Renfrewshire and compared to the nation’s capital, Glasgow’s figure was three and a half times larger than in Edinburgh. 

Although the figure represents a 38% drop compared to the previous year’s statistics, the number of road fatalities increased to 18, the second highest figure in the country, which also included those who lost their lives in the Glasgow Bin Lorry Crash in December 2014.

In terms of road fatalities, Glasgow fared slightly better. Rural roads tend to suffer more serious accidents leading to deaths and as such Aberdeenshire topped the number of deaths on Scotland’s roads at 28 – a 33% increase on the previous year.

Road deaths across Scotland now account for nearly four times as many fatalities as homicides although Police Scotland have stressed that serious road traffic accidents have seen a decline this year.

However, that aside, the statistics show that Glasgow carries the burden of some serious bad driving habits:

Glasgow came top of the table for drivers using their mobile phones whilst driving and also for not wearing their seatbelts. Police Scotland states that there were 5,275 mobile phone related driving offences in the city alone – a rate of 88.6 offences per 10,000 people – the highest in both numbers and proportionality. 

In relation to seatbelts, Police Scotland recorded 4,292 offences involving drivers/passengers without seatbelt and concluded that drivers are less likely to wear their seatbelts in Glasgow, than anywhere else.

That said, despite topping the table in both categories, the number of mobile phone and seatbelt offences have reduced in the last year. Mobile phone offences fell by 49% and seatbelt offences dropped by 57% compared to the previous year.

Whilst the latest statistics show an improvement on the previous year’s league of bad driving, there is still room for improvement. There are no excuses for being on a mobile phone or not wearing a seatbelt. We, at Harper Macleod, are only too aware of the injuries that can occur during lapses of concentration and the devastation that ensues when seatbelts are not worn.

We will continue to support Police Scotland and Road Safety Scotland’s campaigns for safe driving in Scotland. 

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