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Leeds suburbs identified as bad driving hotspots

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Drivers from one of Leeds’ most affluent neighbourhoods have been revealed as some of the worst motorists in the Yorkshire and Humber area.

Last year, those living in LS17 – which includes the leafy suburbs of Harewood and Alwoodley – received more than 1000 fixed penalty notices for careless driving and speeding.

And according to statistics collated by the road safety charity Brake, that is more than any other part of the region.

To mark National Road Safety Week, the organisation published figures which revealed the extent of reckless driving nationwide, as well as naming and shaming those areas where the number of offences was particularly high.

Julie Townsend, the charity’s deputy chief executive, said: “We’re asking all road users to look out for and protect each other, particularly the most vulnerable – that means drivers sticking to 20 or below in towns and villages, looking carefully at junctions, and being considerate.

“Ultimately, we’re all just human beings trying to get around, with equal right to use the roads, not competing tribes.”

The figures show that almost a million fines were issued in 2013 – which works out at almost two a minute.

The majority (950,505) were for speeding offences, but there were also 17,483 handed out for careless driving (a new fixed penalty which was introduced in August last year).

Peter Collins, group and UK head of corporate responsibility at the Road Safety Authority, urged drivers to respect the law and not put themselves or others in “dangerous, if not life threatening situations.”

At Lester Morrill, we understand the implications of being caught exceeding the speed limit. Our road traffic solicitors are experienced in representing clients in a number of motoring offence cases and we can provide representation if you believe you should not have been awarded points on your licence or if you are facing disqualification and believe this would cause you exceptional hardship. To find out how our team can assist, contact us today.