The latest statistical bulletin released on the 24th September revealed that motor vehicle offences accounted for 47 per cent of all offences recorded in Scotland during 2018/19. Despite this, there has been an eight per cent drop in the number of motor vehicle offences recorded since 2017/18 – from 127,015 to 117,015. These figures are also down 60 per cent from data recorded in 2013/14.
The majority of crimes in Scotland have continued to fall in the last decade, with the total number of recorded crimes down 27 per cent since 2009/10. While there has been an annual increase of one per cent - from 244,504 offences in 2017/18 to 246,480 in 2018/19 - the recording of crime remains at one of the lowest levels seen since 1974.
Of all the recorded motor vehicles crimes in 2018/19, unlawful use of a vehicle – which covers offences such as driving while disqualified and driving without insurance – accounted for the largest category, totalling 31 per cent of all offences in this group. This was a 16 per cent drop from figures the previous year (from 42,781 recorded offences to 36,848). During this period, 26 local authorities across Scotland recorded a drop in unlawful use of vehicle offences.
Twenty-three per cent of all recorded motor vehicle crimes were reported as speeding offences during 2018/19. 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. More than half of all local authorities reported a decrease in speeding offences between 2017/18 and 2018/19.
Careless and dangerous driving made up less than 10 per cent of all recorded motor vehicle offences in Scotland, the latest data reveals. While this was a two per cent increase from the previous year (10,722 offences to 10,989), it was five per cent down on the total number recorded in 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 change 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 at 2,921 offences; a seven per cent decrease on the previous year (3,134) 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).
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