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Data on fixed penalty notices, court proceedings, drug and drink driving offences, and breath tests for 2022.

Most statistics within this release refer to 2022, with some referring to 2021. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic had a significant impact on road traffic and police recorded road collisions and casualties in Wales in 2020 and 2021 as restrictions were put in place around how, where and why individuals could travel, which is likely to have impacted the statistics presented in this release. Where possible, we have compared data to the previous year as well as 2019 to give an indication of pre-pandemic trends.

Fixed penalty notices (FPNs)

  • In 2022, a total of 69,200 FPNs were issued in Wales, a 7% decrease compared to both 2019 and 2021. 
  • Speed limit offences accounted for 83% of FPNs in 2022.
  • Since 2012, the number of FPNs issued in Wales have seen an overall decrease from a high of 112,400.

Court proceedings

  • 59,688 motoring offenders were prosecuted in Wales in 2022, a 9% increase compared to 2021 and 37% higher than in 2019.

Collisions involving drink driving (2021 data)

  • In 2021, an estimated 7% of all recorded collisions involved one or more drivers impaired by alcohol.
  • 23% of all fatal casualties in 2021 were estimated to be involved in alcohol related collisions.
  • 13% of motorised vehicle drivers and passengers killed in Wales in 2021 were found to have had a blood alcohol level over the legal limit.

Screening breath tests

  • In 2022, 25,011 screening breath tests were carried out in Wales. 
  • In 2022, there were 174 positive or refused breath tests of drivers involved in collisions.


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