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Motoring Offences

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were prosecuted for using their mobile phones while driving in 2005-06. (98065)

Available information taken from the Court Proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform for the year 2004 (latest available) is given in the table. As the majority of ‘use of hand held mobile phone while driving’ offences are dealt with by the issue of a fixed penalty notice these are also included.

2005 data will be available early in 2007.

Fixed penalty notices issued1 and total court proceedings for the offence of use of hand held mobile phone while driving2 by police force area, England and Wales, 2004Number of offencesPolice force areaFixed penalty notices issued1Total court proceedings3Total dealt withAvon and Somerset1,902191,921Bedfordshire5795584Cambridgeshire2197226Cheshire2,68922,691Cleveland1,06641,070Cumbria52824552Derbyshire97817995Devon and Cornwall79619815Dorset5210521Durham5041505Essex2,431282,459Gloucestershire6321633Greater Manchester8,166738,239Hampshire2,032182,050Hertfordshire2,52662,532Humberside3814385Kent1,70701,707Lancashire1,719171,736Leicestershire75912771Lincolnshire1,52991,538London, City of1377144Merseyside1,836221,858Metropolitan Police13,58120313,784Norfolk88720907Northamptonshire2970297Northumbria1,271321,303North Yorkshire72018738Nottinghamshire6538661South Yorkshire1,978121,990Staffordshire26411275Suffolk9787985Surrey2,21392,222Sussex5461547Thames Valley3,716243,740Warwickshire6217628West Mercia2,200172,217West Midlands3,864613,925West Yorkshire2,368112,379Wiltshire70021721Dyfed Powys36313376Gwent5170517North Wales99931,002South Wales1,603161,619England and Wales73,97678974,765 1 Paid i.e. no further action.2 Offences under the Road Vehicles (Construction & Use) Regulations 1986, Regulations 110 (1), 110 (2) and 110 (3).3 Includes cases where fixed penalty notices were originally issued but not paid and subsequently referred to court.Note: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 these data are used.