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Driving Offences

Justice written question – answered on 13th June 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions for driving while using a hand-held mobile phone there have been since the creation of that offence.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

Defendants proceeded against at the magistrates courts for offences of using a hand held mobile phone while driving, in England and Wales, 2004 to 2010, can be viewed in the following table.

Defendants proceeded against at the magistrates courts for offences of using a hand held mobile phone (1) while driving, England and Wales, 2004-10 (2,3)
Offence 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Using a hand held mobile phone 482 1,168 1,451 10,911 27,092 32,571 35,255
(1) Statute: Road Vehicles (Construction & Use) Regulations 1986—R.110(1), R.110(2) and R.110(3). Introduced 1 December 2003. Offence description: R.110(1) use of a hand held mobile phone while driving; R.110(2) causing or permitting the use of a mobile phone while driving a motor vehicle R. 110(3) using a mobile phone while supervising the holder of a provisional driving licence to drive a motor vehicle on the road. (2) The figures given relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the offence selected is the one for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe. (3) 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. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice

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