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Road Safety

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions were made of drivers using mobile phones while driving in the most recent period for which figures are available, broken down by police authority area. (102452)

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 in 2007.

Fixed penalty notices issued and total court proceedings for the offence of use of hand-held mobile phone while driving1 by police force area, England and Wales, 2004

Number of offences

Police force area

Fixed penalty notices issued

Total court proceedings2

Total dealt with

Avon and Somerset

1,902

19

1,921

Bedfordshire

579

5

584

Cambridgeshire

219

7

226

Cheshire

2,689

2

2,691

Cleveland

1,066

4

1,070

Cumbria

528

24

552

Derbyshire

978

17

995

Devon and Cornwall

796

19

815

Dorset

521

3

521

Durham

504

1

505

Essex

2,431

28

2,459

Gloucestershire

632

1

633

Greater Manchester

8,166

73

8,239

Hampshire

2,032

18

2,050

Hertfordshire

2,526

6

2,532

Humberside

381

4

385

Kent

1,707

3

1,707

Lancashire

1,719

17

1,736

Leicestershire

759

12

771

Lincolnshire

1,529

9

1,538

London, City of

137

7

144

Merseyside

1,836

22

1,858

Metropolitan Police

13,581

203

13,784

Norfolk

887

20

907

Northamptonshire

297

3

297

Northumbria

1,271

32

1,303

North Yorkshire

720

18

738

Nottinghamshire

653

8

661

South Yorkshire

1,978

12

1,990

Staffordshire

264

11

275

Suffolk

978

7

985

Surrey

2,213

9

2,222

Sussex

546

1

547

Thames Valley

3,716

24

3,740

Warwickshire

621

7

628

West Mercia

2,200

17

2,217

West Midlands

3,864

61

3,925

West Yorkshire

2,368

11

2,379

Wiltshire

700

21

721

Dyfed Powys

363

13

376

Gwent

517

3

517

North Wales

999

3

1,002

South Wales

1,603

16

1,619

England and Wales

73,976

789

74,765

1 Offences under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, Regulations 110 (1), 110 (2) and 110 (3).

2 Includes cases where fixed penalty notices were originally issued but not paid and subsequently referred to court.

3 Nil prosecutions.

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 those data are used.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hit and run incidents led to an individual being convicted in each police force area in each of the last eight years. (104410)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hit and run incidents have led to an individual being convicted in each of the last eight years, broken down by police force area. (102459)

Information on the number of hit and run incidents that have led to court proceedings is not collected centrally.

Available information taken from the Court Proceedings Database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform and given in the table shows the number of offenders found guilty at all courts for the offence of “failing to stop after an accident” under the Road Traffic Act 1988 s. 170 (4) from 1997 to 2004 (latest available). The data does not distinguish those offences which resulted in injury from those which resulted in damage or both.

2005 data will be available in 2007.

Offenders found guilty at all courts for accident offences1 by police force area, England and Wales, 1997-20042

Number of persons

Forces

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

Avon and Somerset

227

188

185

158

165

86

88

94

Bedfordshire

47

59

68

72

66

64

62

56

Cambridgeshire

78

76

79

71

50

58

69

79

Cheshire

136

158

168

181

150

175

197

181

Cleveland

62

51

48

40

35

46

45

46

Cumbria

100

66

77

84

84

83

98

93

Derbyshire

121

94

112

109

110

109

122

118

Devon and Cornwall

157

109

106

91

118

139

154

267

Dorset

112

97

71

68

80

57

87

58

Durham

43

48

60

37

62

58

56

52

Essex

232

248

222

274

276

295

302

295

Gloucestershire

62

79

64

63

78

72

84

63

Greater Manchester

444

447

469

442

470

465

423

486

Hampshire

188

176

182

177

188

195

200

168

Hertfordshire

126

108

101

127

108

136

144

122

Humberside

141

127

113

107

146

126

150

107

Kent

139

97

68

84

83

103

90

138

Lancashire

154

150

132

125

135

93

135

112

Leicestershire

124

95

104

94

108

79

105

99

Lincolnshire

64

47

59

47

67

67

73

74

London, City of

11

12

21

8

11

5

7

8

Merseyside

174

163

83

120

151

130

210

239

Metropolitan police

613

584

558

455

418

432

383

316

Norfolk

143

157

128

109

118

127

123

132

Northamptonshire

95

84

69

53

24

12

55

80

Northumbria

117

117

110

148

139

146

141

151

North Yorkshire

137

113

117

85

111

108

101

101

Nottinghamshire

151

165

124

142

130

127

142

125

South Yorkshire

153

153

152

184

197

169

197

170

Staffordshire

148

116

69

37

71

72

103

130

Suffolk

96

79

65

53

88

64

81

87

Surrey

56

65

134

91

104

75

84

57

Sussex

187

153

147

127

96

86

103

84

Thames Valley

167

135

142

114

170

174

144

164

Warwickshire

57

57

64

61

61

48

55

67

West Mercia

160

141

166

131

167

203

205

231

West Midlands

447

462

434

418

385

406

361

360

West Yorkshire

266

292

282

261

282

279

243

282

Wiltshire

67

71

53

59

81

73

66

75

Dyfed Powys

61

46

44

56

46

48

54

64

Gwent

57

72

56

63

53

46

46

38

North Wales

97

109

92

67

76

103

88

127

South Wales

157

172

154

150

136

152

161

179

Total

6,374

6,038

5,752

5,443

5,694

5,591

5,837

5,975

1 Aiding, abetting, causing or permitting accident offences under the RTA88 s. 170(4). 2 These data are on the principal offence basis. Notes:

1. It is known that for some police force areas, the reporting of court proceedings, in particular those relating to summary motoring offences, may be less than complete. Work is under way to ensure that the magistrates courts case management system currently being implemented by the Department for Constitutional Affairs reports all motoring offences to the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. This will enable more complete figures to be disseminated. 2. 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.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the progress being made by his Department on the approval of roadside drug testing equipment. (102562)

International research has confirmed our belief that no existing device is suitable to be type approved for the conduct of roadside drug tests under the Road Traffic Act. The Home Office Scientific Development Branch and Forensic Science Service are preparing a detailed specification for a device that would be suitable for type approval and this should issued shortly. It will then be for manufacturers to prepare a device in accordance with this specification and submit it for the rigorous testing that forms part of the type approval process.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many traffic offences were lost under the six-month rule in the last financial year for which figures are available. (102736)

The information requested is not collected centrally and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.