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Driving Offences: Accidents

Volume 457: debated on Tuesday 6 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted (a) for the offence of failing to give particulars or to report an accident within 24 hours, (b) of undefined accident offences and (c) for the offence of failing to stop after an accident in each of the last 10 years. (125030)

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 defendants convicted for offences under section 170(4) and (7) of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

Information on 'undefined accident offences' is not held.

Number of persons convicted1 at all courts for accident offences2, 3, England and Wales, 1996-2005

Offence

Failing to report an accident within 24 hours2

Failing to stop after an accident3

1996

1,545

4,842

1997

1,557

4,817

1998

1,529

4,509

1999

1,429

4,323

2000

1,291

4,152

2001

1,362

4,332

2002

1,343

4,248

2003

1,393

4,444

2004

1,426

4,549

2005

1,308

4,307

1 These data are on the principal offence basis. 2 Offences under the RTA88 s. 170(4) and (7). 3 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.