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Driving Offences: Convictions

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) women and (b) men were convicted for drink driving offences in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years. (177359)

Available information held on convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs from 1996 to 2005 (latest available) is provided in the following table.

The data provided cover both drink and drugs offences combined, as they cannot reliably be distinguished separately.

Findings of guilt at all courts for driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs1 by gender, England and Wales, 1996 to 2005

Number of offences

Female

Male

1996

7,750

87,956

1997

8,425

91,777

1998

8,509

84,607

1999

8,409

80,955

2000

8,457

77,372

2001

8,401

76,341

2002

9,512

80,973

2003

10,112

83,589

2004

10,765

85,473

2005

10,849

82,869

1 Data cover summary offences of driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs (which cannot reliably be distinguished separately).

Notes:

1. It is known that for some police force areas, the reporting of court proceedings in particular those relating to summary motoring offences, is less than complete.

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 systems generated by the courts. 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.