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The number of drivers summoned to magistrate's court for motoring offences plummeted by 12.6 per cent in 2011, new figures from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) have shown.

According to the figures, some 888,000 people were tried for last year - representing a fall of almost 200,000 from one million during the previous 12 months.

Based on Ministry of Justice figures released this month, the findings revealed the number of individuals facing prosecution in magistrate's courts fell from 630,900 in 2010 to 566,800 in 2011 - representing a ten per cent reduction.

In addition, officials also recorded a drop in motorists tried for offences that resulted in death and those arrested for the unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: "While we fully support increasing and improving courses for some driving offences, we need to know why fewer drivers are being prosecuted for the more serious offences."ADNFCR-2576-ID-801383755-ADNFCR

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