WHO are better drivers in Laois – men or women?
Figures published by the Central Statistics Office based on data collated by the Road Safety Authority and the Department of Transport reveal that women appear to be better when it comes to incurring fewer penalty points than their male counterparts.
But Laois female motorists shouldn’t let that go to their heads too quickly because almost one-fifth of all drivers in the county have been hit with penalty points over the past three years.
That put Laois motorists alongside their Wexford counterparts as the worst offenders for accumulating penalty points over the past three years. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the figures show that Laois was the only county in Ireland to register an increase in penalty points by the end of last year.
Nationally, the figures show that from a total of more than 2.9 individuals with an Irish driving licence, 563,673 had a penalty point recorded against them at the end of 2018.
Almost 20% of motorists in Laois have been issued with penalty points over the last three years, compared with the national average of 16%, while male drivers receive almost twice as many penalty point endorsement notices as women.
Anyone who receives12 penalty points over a three-year period receives an automatic driving ban of six months. A lower threshold of seven points applies to learner and novice drivers within the first two years of driving on a full licen