THE number of penalty point notices issued to Limerick drivers in 2013 was practically unchanged in a year when offences detected nationally were down by 12%.
New data from the CSO shows that nationally, the number of penalty points endorsement notices fell from 239,071 in 2012 to 210,399 last year.
But in Limerick city and county, the number notices issued over the same period fell by only 100 - or 1% - from 8,684 to 8,584. The number of notices issued to drivers in the city did fall by 10% but county drivers attracted 111 extra notices during 2013.
According to the CSO report, three Limerick men were incurring penalty points for every two women during 2013. A total of 5,227 notices were issued to male drivers in the city and county compared to 3,357 to women.
And while the overall number of notices issued to Limerick drivers was marginally down in 2013, the number of penalty points added increased by 11.2% from 20,943 to 23,285. This is down to changes in the penalty points regime where the number of points levied against specific motoring offences was increased by the Minister for Transport.
Limerick reflected the national picture in that speeding accounted for the vast majority of penalty point offences last year.
Four of every five notices issued to males in the city and county arose from over 4,200 speeding offences. For female drivers, just under 90% of the total 3,357 notices issued related to speeding.
Just over 5% of the notices issued to Limerick women (174 in all) related to talking on a mobile phone while driving while for male drivers this proportion rises to just over 8% - or 423 offences.
The next most common category of offence for both men and women relate to not wearing seat belts and failing to obey traffic lights.
There were 17 notices issued to Limerick women in respect of not having a child aged over three properly restrained. Another 10 notices were issued to women for not having a seatbelt on a child aged 17 and under.
No such data is available for men as the offences fall outside the top 10 for which they incurred points.