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Hit and Run

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many hit and run incidents where the driver was subsequently identified the driver was found to be (a) under the influence of (i) alcohol and (ii) drugs, (b) uninsured and (c) unlicensed in each of the last five years. (117746)

I have been asked to reply.

The number of reported hit and run personal injury road accidents police where the driver failed, or refused to provide a breath test in each of the last five years is given in the following table.

Accidents where a hit and run driver failed or refused to provide a breath test, GB 2001-2005

Number of accidents

2001

785

2002

850

2003

824

2004

747

2005

690

However, as 80 per cent. of hit and run drivers were not contactable at the time of the accident to provide a breath test the actual number who would have failed the test may be higher than the numbers given in the table.

There were 140 accidents involving a hit and run driver where ‘Impaired by drugs’ was stated as contributory factor in 2005. Contributory factor data were not collected prior to 2005.

The information requested on unlicensed drivers and unregistered drivers is not available.