Blacktown drivers rated among the most dangerous, police report reveals

Blacktown was ahead of Bankstown and Campbelltown in the list of local government areas ranked by their dangerous driving behaviour, says a new police report.

More than 1100 motorists were stopped by police in Blacktown and charged with dangerous or negligent driving in the last 12 months.

Another 710 motorists were pulled over for driving while their licence was disqualified or suspended and another 946 were hit with fines for driving without a licence.

Bankstown scored highly in driving while disqualified or suspended with 687 charges and dangerous driving (696). Campbelltown registered 659 drive while disqualified charges as well as recording 770 fines for driving without a licence.

But the statistics collated by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research reveal that Newcastle had the most speeding drivers with 6879 fines distributed.

Second on the list was the Sutherland Shire with close to 6500 speeding notices, followed by Blacktown on 6112.

Sydney City was at the top of the driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs stakes with 971 motorists stopped and charged by police.

Blacktown came in second on 581 drink or drug driving offences.

The figures show that in the 12 months to December 31, 2012, a total of more than 219,000 NSW motorists were pulled over, or received infringement notices in the mail, for speeding.

Nearly 25,000 drivers were hit for dangerous or negligent driving in the same period.

More than 20,000 motorists were picked up for not having a licence while about 14,500 faced a charge of driving while disqualified or suspended.

SW Centre for Road Safety general manager Marg Prendergast said the government was is considering a report by the NSW Parliament’s Committee on Law and Safety that recommends people who repeatedly drive while disqualified have their vehicles confiscated for three months.

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