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Driving Offences: Prosecutions

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many drivers were prosecuted for being involved in fatal hit-and-run accidents in each of the last five years; and what the average length of sentence handed down was. (157097)

While the Department for Transport monitors details of road traffic accidents including ‘hit and run’, this information is not linked with details of any subsequent prosecutions.

Although the Court Proceedings Database held by my Department can provide sentencing data on the numbers of defendants convicted of motoring offences that cause the death of a person, the information held cannot distinguish hit and run incidents from those where the driver remained at the scene.