Most dangerous places to drive in Northern Ireland


The latest government data analysed by show the areas that have the highest and lowest rate of driving offences in Northern Ireland.

Although the overall number of motoring offences have been gradually declining, 40,335 offences were recorded on Northern Ireland roads in the last year.*

Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon District Council was the worst area for motoring offences in Northern Ireland with 354 offences per 10,000 people.

Antrim and Newtownabbey was the second highest with 339 per 10,000 people, closely followed by Newry Mourne and Down with 303 and Mid Ulster with 298.

Belfast City fell around the middle with 284 driving offences per 10,000 followed by Derry City and Strabane with 272.

Other areas saw much lower rates of driving offences. Ards and North Down recorded the lowest with just 134 offences per 10,000 people. Mid and East Antrim also showed low rates of offences with 182 incidents per 10,000 people, down 15% from last year.

Causeway Coast and Glens District Council was next lowest with 215 per 10,000 people, decreasing by 13% from last year.

Overall, the number of driving offences on NI roads has fallen by 9% in the last year with 4,123 less offences than the previous year.

Mobile phone offences saw the biggest decrease from the previous year, falling by 32%. This is most likely due to stricter legislation around using mobile phones while driving which was introduced in March 2022.

The largest number of offences were recorded for speeding with a total of 6,958 detections, an increase of 2% from the year before.

Insurance offences were the second biggest group with 6,751 detections, accounting for one third of all offences recorded.

Commenting on the latest figures, Ian Wilson, Managing Director of said: “It’s great to see the number of overall road offences in Northern Ireland continuing to decrease year on year. However, it is shocking to see that insurance is the second highest motoring offence, accounting for a third of all recorded offences on our roads in the past 12 months.

“Insurance is a legal requirement and the consequences of driving without it are severe and costly. Those caught driving without adequate insurance can face six penalty points for four years, disqualification of driving and a fine of up to £200.

“At a time when the cost-of-living is so high, nobody wants to be paying more than they have to for their insurance.  Three points on a licence can mean 5% more on a premium every year for the four years an infringement stays on the licence. Six points can push up fees by about 25%.” is Northern Ireland’s largest price comparison website and has helped over 650,000 users find savings on essentials and everyday household bills such as car insurance, van insurance and bike insurance





District Council area2021 offences (per 10,000)2022 offences (per 10,000)ChangeTotal Offences
Total Offences
1Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon3813547% decrease66385956
2Antrim and Newtownabbey3343391% increase39223862
3Newry Mourne and Down34830313% decrease51694269
4Mid Ulster2852985% increase34373397
5Belfast City2862841% decrease82897784
6Derry City and Strabane2952728% decrease37463224
7Fermanagh and Omagh29626012% decrease28062393
8Lisburn and Castlereagh2462554% increase29742982
9Causeway Coast and Glens24821513% decrease30232501
10Mid and East Antrim21518215% decrease25482051
11Ards and North Down1301343% increase17641769

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