UK courts say women are 'better' drivers
May 12, 2003
LONDON — Women, much-maligned by the opposite sex for their supposed lack
of ability behind the wheel, make far safer and more law-abiding
drivers than their male counterparts, British officials said
Something to celebrate - women are better drivers|
Of those found guilty of all driving offences by courts in
England and Wales in 2002, 88 percent were male motorists,
according to statistics published by the Home Office.
Men committed almost all the most serious offences, such as
causing death and dangerous driving, but women's share of speeding
offences rose from 13 percent in 1998 to 17 percent in 2002.
The category in which women committed the highest number of
offences was obstruction, waiting and parking -- being responsible
for 23 percent of such cases in 2002.
Women committed just six percent of the death or bodily harm
offences in 2002 and just three percent of dangerous driving
But female offences relating to driving with excess alcohol or
drugs in the system increased -- up from nine percent of the total
in 1998 to 11 percent in 2002.
Men were responsible for 96 percent of vehicle thefts and 97
percent of offences relating to motorcyles.
Overall, women's share of motoring offences rose only one
percent between 1998 and 2002. –Sapa-AFP
Forget sexy: the car of the future is all about safety