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Drink Driving

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Gordon (Malcolm Bruce) on 6 June 2007, Official Report, columns 592-600W, on driving under the influence, how many convictions there were in each police authority area in England and Wales for the offence of drink driving in each year between 1995 and 2001. (142732)

Available information taken from the Court Proceedings Database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform, from 1995 to 2001 is provided in the following table.

Findings of guilt at all courts for offences of driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs1 by police force area, England and Wales, 1995 to 2001

Number of offences

Police force area

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

Avon and Somerset

2,432

2,512

2,812

2,566

2,728

2,462

2,197

Bedfordshire

1,001

1,093

1,146

1,060

869

797

914

Cambridgeshire

946

951

1,092

1,060

941

793

813

Cheshire

1,818

2,034

1,969

1,903

1,827

1,652

1,529

Cleveland

973

902

926

870

811

777

887

Cumbria

848

927

931

856

871

806

761

Derbyshire

1,462

1,595

1,612

1,547

1,463

1,417

1,411

Devon and Cornwall

2,170

2,144

2,342

2,265

2,277

2,199

2,369

Dorset

1,081

1,190

1,214

1,186

1,120

1,115

1,150

Durham

963

1,036

1,044

1,035

1,137

1,124

1,097

Essex

2,436

2,555

2,736

2,438

2,528

2,462

2,456

Gloucestershire

1,069

979

1,067

985

889

804

865

Greater Manchester

5,554

5,085

4,806

4,715

4,850

4,801

4,715

Hampshire

3,256

3,556

3,774

3,597

3,725

3,472

3,464

Hertfordshire

1,513

1,421

1,670

1,672

1,679

1,552

1,666

Humberside

1,247

1,353

1,274

1,358

1,323

1,371

1,259

Kent

2,395

2,576

2,321

2,627

2,633

2,592

2,575

Lancashire

2,828

3,211

3,389

2,945

3,010

2,584

2,304

Leicestershire

1,291

1,478

1,648

1,485

1,624

1,531

1,546

Lincolnshire

839

839

1,088

979

941

816

877

London, City of

358

464

436

301

236

162

162

Merseyside

2,616

2,746

2,719

2,451

2,137

2,128

2,195

Metropolitan Police

15,445

15,012

16,165

13,889

12,414

11,801

11,260

Norfolk

912

1,013

1,116

1,118

1,010

935

1,143

Northamptonshire2

879

927

1,107

1,062

1,058

782

399

Northumbria

2,206

2,414

2,625

2,457

2,463

2,621

2,529

North Yorkshire

1,247

1,311

1,365

1,205

1,124

1,073

1,066

Nottinghamshire

1,762

1,931

2,031

1,804

1,802

1,722

1,598

South Yorkshire

2,008

2,129

2,296

2,002

1,927

2,122

2,020

Staffordshire3

1,809

1,854

2,036

1,955

1,711

4

1,513

Suffolk

985

1,066

1,050

1,042

1,089

902

920

Surrey

1,355

1,376

1,380

1,328

1,417

1,539

1,592

Sussex

2,098

2,200

2,373

2,113

2,224

2,112

2,358

Thames Valley

3,651

3,942

4,070

3,896

3,725

3,496

3,275

Warwickshire

854

907

837

784

856

786

880

West Mercia

1,943

1,930

1,947

1,794

1,747

1,631

1,740

West Midlands

5,655

5,880

6,351

5,582

4,775

4,559

4,914

West Yorkshire

3,902

4,102

3,953

3,669

3,597

3,375

3,220

Wiltshire

1,034

1,011

1,043

1,108

1,009

930

1,045

England

86,841

89,652

93,761

86,709

83,567

79,671

78,684

Dyfed Powys

932

993

1,029

995

944

858

867

Gwent

739

966

1,166

1,203

1,079

1,211

1,152

North Wales

1,366

1,363

1,354

1,306

1,248

1,332

1,227

South Wales

2,627

2,731

2,892

2,903

2,526

2,757

2,812

Wales

5,664

6,053

6,441

6,407

5,797

6,158

6,058

England and Wales

92,505

95,705

100,202

93,116

89,364

85,829

84,742

1 Offences under the Road Traffic Act ss. 4 (1) & (2); 5 (1) and (b); 6 (4) and 7 (6).

2 In 2000 problems encountered with the electronic submission of data directly from the courts resulted in shortfalls in summary motoring offences for Northamptonshire from June onwards. This shortfall continued in 2001.

3 Staffordshire police force were only able to submit sample data for persons proceeded against and convicted in the magistrates courts for the year 2000. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust enough at detailed level and have been excluded from the table.

4 Not available.

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.