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From Dublin and a bloke? Then you're far more likely to pick up penalty points

MEN driving in Dublin are the most likely to pick up penalty points.

Speeding and using a mobile phone while driving attracted the most points in the last two years, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) said.

During 2009, a total of 324,685 penalty points were issued across the country -- 73.4pc for speeding.

But in 2010, the number of points dropped by 12.1pc.

And the gender imbalance appears to show that men are notably more careless when it comes to speed than women.

Females incurred just under 30pc of the points while men racked up a massive 70pc.

The top counties hit by penalty points include Dublin, Cork, Wexford, Kildare and Meath.

The new research from the CSO outlines that the pass rate for driving tests remains remarkably low at just 51pc, despite 116,825 tests in 2010.

Irish vehicles drove a whopping 43bn kilometres in total in 2010, the statistics outline -- and three quarters of this was driven by private cars.

Private cars drove 16,962 kilometres on average in 2010.

Interestingly, private cars belonging to residents of Co Roscommon were driven further on average than private cars in any other county for the years 2008 to 2010.

But it's clear that motorists are under serious financial strain. Between 2000 and 2010, the price of petrol increased by 45pc and the price of diesel increased by 44pc.

In the same period, the cost of new and used cars dropped back by 3.5pc.

Within the same period it was outlined that some 199 million passengers were carried on scheduled bus services, 28 million passengers were carried on the Luas and 38 million passengers were carried by Iarnrod Eireann.

Irish airports dealt with almost 24 million passengers in just one year and more than three-quarters were handled by Dublin airport alone.

More than 3.07 million passengers travelled through Irish ports on scheduled international ferry services.