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Hit and Run

Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hit and run incidents were reported in each of the last five years; in how many of the cases (a) the driver was subsequently identified and (b) a prosecution for failing to stop at the scene of an accident was brought; and if he will make a statement. (117745)

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 prosecutions for the offence of ‘failing to stop after an accident’ under the Road Traffic Act 1988 s. 170 (4) from 2000 to 2004 (latest available). The data do not distinguish between those offences which resulted in injury from those which resulted in damage or both.

2005 data will be available later this year.

Proceedings at magistrates courts for accident offences1, England and Wales, 2000-2004

Number of offences

2000

26,692

2001

27,769

2002

28,067

2003

28,871

2004

27,078

1 Aiding, abetting, causing or permitting accident offences under the RTA88 s. 170(4).

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.