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Road Accidents (Mobile Telephones)

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) deaths, (b) serious incidents and (c) other accidents have been caused by persons driving while using hand-held mobile telephones since 1 December 2003, broken down by police force area. (83519)

I have been asked to reply.

The information available relates to factors that are judged by the police as having contributed to a road accident in which someone was injured. The table shows the number of personal injury road accidents reported to the police in 2005 that have “Driver using mobile phone” assigned as a contributory factor, broken down by severity, as well as the resulting fatalities. This information is not available for earlier years.

Fatalities in, and the number of, accidents where “Driver using a mobile phone” was reported as a contributory factor: 2005

Fatalities

Fatal accidents

Serious accidents

Slight accidents

Metropolitan police

0

0

6

47

Cumbria

2

2

2

3

Lancashire

1

1

1

8

Merseyside

1

1

1

10

Greater Manchester

0

0

1

18

Cheshire

0

0

1

6

Northumbria

0

0

1

4

Durham

0

0

0

5

North Yorkshire

0

0

2

4

West Yorkshire

0

0

4

5

South Yorkshire

0

0

2

3

Humberside

0

0

1

8

Cleveland

0

0

0

2

West Midlands

0

0

1

21

Staffordshire

1

1

4

11

West Mercia

1

1

3

8

Warwickshire

0

0

1

9

Derbyshire

0

0

0

4

Nottinghamshire

0

0

1

6

Lincolnshire

0

0

0

4

Leicestershire

1

1

0

10

Northamptonshire

0

0

1

4

Cambridgeshire

0

0

0

9

Norfolk

0

0

2

4

Suffolk

0

0

1

2

Bedfordshire

0

0

0

4

Hertfordshire

0

0

0

7

Essex

0

0

3

11

Thames Valley

2

2

1

26

Hampshire

0

0

1

18

Surrey

0

0

1

6

Kent

0

0

2

13

Sussex

1

1

3

13

City of London

0

0

0

1

Devon and Cornwall

1

1

0

10

Avon and Somerset

1

1

0

6

Gloucestershire

0

0

0

5

Wiltshire

0

0

0

4

Dorset

0

0

0

0

North Wales

0

0

1

3

Gwent

0

0

1

2

South Wales

0

0

0

5

Dyfed-Powys

0

0

0

4

Northern

1

1

0

0

Grampian

0

0

0

0

Tayside

0

0

0

2

Fife

0

0

1

0

Lothian and Borders

0

0

0

0

Central

0

0

0

0

Strathclyde

0

0

2

9

Dumfries and Galloway

0

0

0

0

Total

13

13

52

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