Driving under Influence

Home Office written question – answered on 11th February 2015.

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Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drink-driving offences were recorded by police force and successful prosecutions there have been in (a) England and (b) Wales in each of the last five years.

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Minister of State, Home Department

Holding answer received on 09 February 2015

The requested data is not collected centrally by the Home Office.

Home Office collects arrest data for notifiable offences at offence group level. The Home Office also collected police recorded crime data at offence code level for notifiable offences.

Road traffic offences, including drink-driving, using a handheld mobile phone while driving and dangerous driving are non-notifiable offences.The Home Office does collect data on the following:

• The number of breath tests carried out by police, and the number of these that are positive/refused (see ‘Breath tests’ tables in the link

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/tables-for-police-powers-and-procedures-england-and-wales-2012-to-2013).

• The number of fixed penalty notices (FPNs) issue for various motoring offences, including use of a handheld mobile phone while driving, careless driving and speeding offences (see ‘Fixed penalty notices’ tables in the link

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/tables-for-police-powers-and-procedures-england-and-wales-2012-to-2013).

• The number of offences recorded by police for ‘causing death by dangerous driving’, ‘causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving’ and ‘causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs’. Details of these can be found in Table A4 of the ‘Appendix Tables’ in the link

(http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/re-reference-tables.html?edition=tcm%3A77-372973).

Ministry of Justice publish data on prosecutions for road traffic offences. The number of defendants proceeded against for summary motoring offences in England and Wales

from 2009 to 2013 can be found in the ‘Outcomes by Offence’ table in the link (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/criminal-justice-statistics-quarterly-december-2013).

Ministry of Justice collect data on prosecutions for various offences at police force area level. The following tables contain data on the number of persons proceeded against at magistrates’ courts and found guilty at all courts of drink-driving offences (table 1), dangerous driving (table 2), and offences relating to driving whilst using a mobile phone (table 3). Data is broken down by police force area from 2009 to 2013. Criminal court proceedings data for 2014 are planned for publication in May 2015.

Tables 1-3 (Excel SpreadSheet, 86 KB)

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