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It's official: Women are better drivers than men, new figures show

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New figures show women are better drivers than men

New figures show women are better drivers than men

New figures show women are better drivers than men

MEN are more likely to break the law when driving, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Data compiled by the country's leading statisticians show that men of all ages are more likely to be handed penalty points.

Male road-users incurred more than half of all points issued last year - they accounted for 63pc of the 210,399 notices issued.

Meanwhile, 65,859 female drivers were served with penalty points, representing 37pc of law-breaking drivers.

Men aged between 31 and 35 racked up more penalty points than any other group, according to the CSO.

Conor Faughnan of the AA told the Herald that there was "no surprises" in the latest figures.

He pointed out that the myth that women were worse drivers than men had been repeatedly shown to be false.

"Young men tend to have a poorer record which can colour the overall performance of men. Also, for whatever reason, men tend to do more mileage than women," he said.

"The gap between genders may be different if offences per mile travelled were included.

"It's complicated. However, even when you strip away all of those other figures, women do come out on top as better drivers."

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Speeding was the most common offence among Irish drivers last year. It was followed by driving while using a mobile phone and failing to wear a seatbelt.

Drivers incur between three and five points on their licence for breaking the speed limit.

Having no insurance and ignoring traffic lights also made the top five most common breaches

"The figures do shed an interesting light on Irish life," said Mr Faughnan.

"They tells us a few things, but most importantly they show that the system works and there is good evidence from elsewhere that shows when drivers receive points they get the message."

The total number of penalty points issued dropped by around 12pc, last year, but the number handed out for not wearing a seatbelt jumped by almost 250pc.

Similarly, the number of drivers who were caught with younger children not properly restrained increased by more than 200pc.

Drivers under 21 were the group with the lowest number of penalty points awarded.

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