A few years ago the number of motorists receiving points was 1 in 20 but in 2011 this climbed to nearly every one in three. Speeding accounts for 596,196 penalty point notices and is the main issue that people receive points for but in 2011 97,428 motorists received points for using a mobile phone whilst driving. Another 48,521 motorists received points for not wearing a seat belt. 23,963 were accounted for breaking the traffic lights.
The majority of those motorists have two points but even those two points could result in an insurance hike. Only 135 motorists have clocked up the 12 points needed to lose their licence for six months.
In 2004 93,000 drivers were caught for point offences but by the end of July this had reached 732,710.
The increase coincides with the introduction of Listowel-based Go Safe speed cameras. The company isn’t paid on the basis of the number caught speeding but operates under a fixed price contract to carry out 6000 hours of traffic monitoring each month. It is estimated that this is worth 65m euro over five years.