Driving Under Influence: Durham

Home Department written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of John Cummings John Cummings Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drink driving offences were committed in (a) County Durham and (b) Easington constituency in each of the last five years.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Available information on the number of convictions at all courts and those dealt with by written warning, taken from the annual Home Office publication "Offences relating to motor vehicles, England and Wales Supplementary tables", for Durham police force area (which is coterminous with the County of Durham), from 2000 to 2004 (latest available) are given in the table.

Data is not available at constituency level.

2005 data will be available later this year.

Number of driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs( 1) offences found guilty at all courts or dealt with by written warning within Durham police force area, 2000 to 2004
Number of offences
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Total findings of guilt at all courts 1,124 1,097 1,136 1,170 1,277
Written warnings 2 0 0 0 11
Total 1,126 1,097 1,136 1,170 1,288
(1) Offences under the Road Traffic Act 1988.


1. It is known that for some police force areas, the reporting of court proceedings in particular those relating to summary motoring offences may be less than complete. Work is under way to ensure that the magistrates courts case management system currently being implemented by the Department for Constitutional Affairs reports all motoring offences to the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. This will enable more complete figures to be disseminated.

2. Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

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