Dangerous Driving

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 23rd October 2017.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prosecutions there were in 2016 for causing death by driving; and of those, how many resulted in a conviction.

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Defendants proceeded against and found guilty at all courts in England and Wales 2016 for offences of causing death by driving are in the table below:

Defendants prceeded againt at magistrates' courts and offenders found guilty at all courts of causing death by driving (1) in England and Wales 2016 (2)(3)

Offence

Procecuted at Magistrates' courts

Found guilty(4)

01. Causing death by dangerous driving

229

157

02. Causing death by careless driving under influence of drink or drugs

20

32

03. Causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving

215

225

03a. Causing death by driving without due care / consideration while over prescribed limit - specified controlled drug

2

-

04. Causing death by driving unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured drivers

7

5

05. Causing death by aggravated vehicle taking

3

-

- ' = Nil

(1) defined as Sections 1, 3 (a)(b)(c) Road Traffic Act 1988 and 12A of the Theft Act 1968.

(2) The figures given in the table relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence 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.

(4) Convictions may exceed prosecutions in a given year because defendants who appear before both courts may be convicted at the Crown Court for a different offence to that for which they were originally proceeded against at magistrates’ court.

Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services - Ministry of Justice.

Ref: PQ HL 1740

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