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Driving Under Influence: Prosecutions

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions for drink driving offences were pursued against (a) males and (b) females in each criminal justice area in each of the last 10 years; and how many resulted in conviction. (180411)

Available information held on prosecutions and resultant convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or taking drugs from 1996 to 2005 (latest available) are provided in the following tables. 2006 data will be available later this year.

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

Table A: Proceedings at magistrates courts for offences of driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drug1, 2 by gender and police force area, England and Wales, 1996 to 2005

Number of offences

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

Police force area

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Avon and Somerset

2,574

225

2,836

278

2,574

258

2,690

281

2,427

292

Bedfordshire

1,102

94

1,235

88

1,064

103

879

82

802

82

Cambridgeshire

951

90

1,078

98

1,038

107

915

107

794

88

Cheshire

1,984

244

1,945

220

1,864

230

1,773

229

1,681

218

Cleveland

952

77

943

86

864

83

832

80

779

79

Cumbria

935

84

915

101

845

82

825

100

779

95

Derbyshire

1,645

152

1,684

169

1,558

137

1,481

132

1,441

158

Devon and Cornwall

2,179

227

2,375

262

2,277

254

2,248

259

2,135

286

Dorset

1,214

141

1,223

132

1,172

138

1,091

132

1,083

161

Durham

1,039

100

1,067

73

1,014

120

1,121

130

1,108

110

Essex

2,608

260

2,760

261

2,535

241

2,566

269

2,468

234

Gloucestershire

958

110

1,070

100

954

125

865

106

790

101

Greater Manchester

5,153

415

4,830

405

4,652

465

4,787

467

4,707

479

Hampshire

3,520

353

3,683

416

3,530

390

3,659

403

3,398

414

Hertfordshire

1,454

144

1,693

151

1,665

169

1,678

149

1,500

191

Humberside

1,363

120

1,301

110

1,355

118

1,306

104

1,314

154

Kent

2,638

177

2,364

170

2,624

229

2,606

245

2,559

248

Lancashire

3,178

330

3,334

350

2,831

373

2,893

397

2,550

329

Leicestershire

1,551

112

1,662

120

1,499

116

1,652

126

1,511

140

Lincolnshire

838

71

1,102

104

973

101

930

101

834

77

London, City of

451

53

413

50

303

35

231

28

179

14

Merseyside

2,942

240

2,864

251

2,493

267

2,172

197

2,301

214

Metropolitan Police

16,588

1,453

17,428

1,561

15,026

1,409

13,391

1,329

12,923

1,243

Norfolk

980

95

1,078

96

1,082

115

959

111

913

101

Northamptonshire

984

72

1,155

93

1,117

113

1,110

118

813

85

Northumbria

2,625

166

2,757

216

2,526

260

2,533

260

2,691

267

North Yorkshire

1,335

123

1,316

165

1,194

125

1,091

138

1,026

134

Nottinghamshire

1,986

162

2,081

189

1,856

157

1,850

176

1,734

181

South Yorkshire

2,209

151

2,403

178

1,996

192

1,911

165

2,125

197

Staffordshire

1,939

151

2,092

210

1,944

219

1,709

176

1,825

185

Suffolk

1,054

117

1,037

119

1,021

125

1,044

143

891

111

Surrey

1,358

151

1,367

145

1,286

169

1,350

188

1,516

213

Sussex

2,207

251

2,366

292

2,117

227

2,170

270

2,091

236

Thames Valley

4,144

357

4,172

394

3,955

399

3,818

374

3,489

432

Warwickshire

917

82

815

92

767

88

832

95

777

78

West Mercia

1,947

147

1,970

125

1,809

137

1,707

160

1,587

154

West Midlands

6,271

365

6,761

427

5,938

410

5,129

341

4,766

446

West Yorkshire

4,336

303

4,089

305

3,759

341

3,708

310

3,454

344

Wiltshire

971

98

1,004

114

1,094

90

954

113

876

121

England

93,080

8,063

96,268

8,716

88,171

8,717

84,466

8,591

80,637

8,692

Dyfed Powys

980

115

1,046

117

985

117

936

111

890

95

Gwent

1,016

86

1,146

122

1,211

125

1,119

107

1,209

132

North Wales

1,336

152

1,347

149

1,258

152

1,184

163

1,279

151

South Wales

2,867

231

2,972

267

3,014

295

2,543

280

2,763

312

Wales

6,199

584

6,511

655

6,468

689

5,782

661

6,141

690

England and Wales

99,279

8,647

102,779

9,371

94,639

9,406

90,248

9,252

86,778

9,382

Number of offences

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Police force area

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Avon and Somerset

2,147

256

2,332

293

2,646

333

2,567

384

2,486

387

Bedfordshire

925

88

959

110

1,068

129

1,019

101

1,069

101

Cambridgeshire

800

80

827

100

905

114

1,029

130

1,154

135

Cheshire

1,560

193

2,114

318

1,862

304

2,234

340

1,637

266

Cleveland

890

83

916

96

1,021

115

1,064

119

915

122

Cumbria

720

90

734

98

798

117

865

97

778

145

Derbyshire

1,470

142

1,451

163

1,589

189

1,824

218

1,552

212

Devon and Cornwall

2,317

277

2,389

286

2,574

380

2,429

363

2,295

344

Dorset

1,130

154

1,162

185

1,217

167

1,197

169

1,125

174

Durham

1,054

127

1,101

146

1,150

128

1,188

150

1,070

179

Essex

2,435

282

2,506

294

2,548

299

2,734

376

2,444

381

Gloucestershire

842

108

912

113

866

131

856

139

809

128

Greater Manchester

4,732

503

4,607

512

4,615

578

4,636

559

4,426

590

Hampshire

3,436

384

3,766

474

3,590

451

3,642

479

3,202

497

Hertfordshire

1,621

205

1,826

252

1,852

280

1,834

259

1,780

271

Humberside

1,213

142

1,418

138

1,481

130

1,596

156

1,545

162

Kent

2,571

290

2,686

338

2,802

295

2,928

323

2,798

349

Lancashire

2,256

314

2,545

383

2,668

346

2,634

385

2,623

372

Leicestershire

1,591

139

1,648

169

1,683

187

1,681

187

1,592

185

Lincolnshire

901

90

841

76

1,110

123

1,133

165

1,132

162

London, City of

162

20

229

31

226

22

186

18

196

15

Merseyside

2,299

214

2,287

264

2,748

329

2,874

357

2,932

363

Metropolitan Police

12,549

1,196

14,103

1,390

13,911

1,365

14,089

1,518

13,631

1,410

Norfolk

1,158

135

1,180

175

1,291

143

1,205

169

1,210

169

Northamptonshire

429

35

226

27

793

89

897

103

851

129

Northumbria

2,590

260

2,598

323

2,759

357

2,635

386

2,519

336

North Yorkshire

1,014

144

1,068

139

1,153

172

1,073

152

1,172

180

Nottinghamshire

1,609

177

1,489

127

1,663

187

1,623

205

1,602

199

South Yorkshire

2,039

192

1,954

211

2,133

264

2,227

247

2,203

227

Staffordshire

1,506

167

1,639

231

1,682

217

1,690

251

1,662

257

Suffolk

935

114

1,102

135

1,204

174

1,325

172

1,069

141

Surrey

1,774

281

1,618

232

1,405

210

1,371

200

1,375

242

Sussex

2,352

283

2,268

266

2,357

290

2,182

355

2,195

325

Thames Valley

3,305

376

4,291

512

3,831

481

3,455

451

3,357

450

Warwickshire

844

111

821

94

880

106

814

88

803

114

West Mercia

1,691

183

1,655

223

1,758

213

1,627

186

1,881

156

West Midlands

5,173

431

5,410

448

5,517

476

5,731

597

5,674

575

West Yorkshire

3,419

320

3,772

353

3,813

357

3,900

371

3,876

383

Wiltshire

1,001

126

971

129

958

147

998

131

977

137

England

80,460

8,712

85,421

9,854

88,127

10,395

88,992

11,056

85,617

10,970

Dyfed Powys

856

117

937

132

994

138

949

152

902

143

Gwent

1,142

155

1,059

116

1,174

147

1,149

162

1,057

199

North Wales

1,230

136

1,249

166

1,303

168

1,301

170

1,273

186

South Wales

2,847

328

2,748

350

2,838

388

2,788

372

2,743

392

Wales

6,075

736

5,993

764

6,309

841

6,187

856

5,975

920

England and Wales

86,535

9,448

91,414

10,618

94,436

11,236

95,179

11,912

91,592

11,890

Table B: Findings of guilt at all courts for offences of driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs1, 2 by gender and police force area, England and Wales, 1996 to 2005

Number of offences

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

Police force area

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Avon and Somerset

2,309

203

2,557

255

2,332

234

2,476

252

2,197

265

Bedfordshire

1,011

82

1,063

83

969

91

798

71

722

75

Cambridgeshire

867

84

1,005

88

962

98

844

97

713

80

Cheshire

1,807

227

1,762

207

1,694

209

1,612

215

1,460

192

Cleveland

830

72

847

79

790

80

734

77

706

71

Cumbria

854

73

838

92

779

77

772

99

717

89

Derbyshire

1,460

135

1,472

141

1,420

127

1,346

117

1,272

145

Devon and Cornwall

1,943

201

2,113

229

2,036

229

2,044

233

1,941

258

Dorset

1,064

126

1,097

117

1,056

130

1,002

118

967

148

Durham

943

93

976

68

924

111

1,012

125

1,020

104

Essex

2,323

232

2,505

231

2,223

215

2,289

239

2,244

218

Gloucestershire

876

103

973

95

873

112

792

97

710

94

Greater Manchester

4,711

374

4,433

373

4,293

422

4,412

438

4,358

443

Hampshire

3,230

326

3,390

384

3,237

360

3,355

370

3,085

387

Hertfordshire

1,294

127

1,529

141

1,517

154

1,534

145

1,374

178

Humberside

1,241

112

1,173

101

1,248

110

1,227

96

1,220

151

Kent

2,409

167

2,168

154

2,411

216

2,408

225

2,360

232

Lancashire

2,896

315

3,071

318

2,604

341

2,641

369

2,288

296

Leicestershire

1,380

98

1,536

112

1,376

109

1,507

117

1,404

127

Lincolnshire

771

68

991

97

886

93

852

89

746

70

London, City of

413

51

388

48

269

32

213

23

151

11

Merseyside

2,537

208

2,492

229

2,214

237

1,957

180

1,945

183

Metropolitan Police

13,784

1,231

14,811

1,344

12,663

1,225

11,281

1,133

10,754

1,046

Norfolk

926

87

1,026

90

1,014

104

907

103

840

95

Northamptonshire

861

66

1,023

84

963

99

955

103

716

66

Northumbria

2,265

149

2,434

191

2,222

235

2,231

232

2,372

249

North Yorkshire

1,203

108

1,216

149

1,094

111

996

128

943

130

Nottinghamshire

1,786

145

1,869

162

1,658

146

1,637

165

1,553

169

South Yorkshire

1,988

141

2,142

154

1,820

182

1,774

153

1,942

180

Staffordshire

1,722

132

1,857

179

1,763

192

1,553

158

1,731

137

Suffolk

960

106

939

111

931

111

961

128

805

97

Surrey

1,239

137

1,245

135

1,170

158

1,240

177

1,341

198

Sussex

1,975

225

2,109

264

1,910

203

1,978

246

1,886

226

Thames Valley

3,620

322

3,720

352

3,524

371

3,379

346

3,108

388

Warwickshire

833

74

751

85

704

80

765

91

712

74

West Mercia

1,794

137

1,834

115

1,668

126

1,598

149

1,484

147

West Midlands

5,564

314

5,972

382

5,211

371

4,468

307

4,167

392

West Yorkshire

3,834

268

3,663

290

3,365

304

3,321

276

3,069

306

Wiltshire

917

94

934

107

1,022

86

897

112

816

114

England

82,440

7,213

85,924

7,836

78,815

7,891

75,768

7,799

71,839

7,831

Dyfed Powys

890

103

925

104

886

109

842

102

777

81

Gwent

889

77

1,053

113

1,088

115

979

100

1,093

118

North Wales

1,225

138

1,214

140

1,164

142

1,096

152

1,191

142

South Wales

2,512

219

2,661

232

2,651

252

2,270

256

2,472

285

Wales

5,516

537

5,853

589

5,789

618

5,187

610

5,533

626

England and Wales

87,956

7,750

91,777

8,425

84,604

8,509

80,955

8,409

77,372

8,457

Number of offences

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Police force area

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Avon and Somerset

1,964

234

2,135

266

2,366

300

2,344

348

2,243

352

Bedfordshire

837

77

851

104

952

120

932

96

957

93

Cambridgeshire

738

76

761

90

829

104

962

121

1,089

125

Cheshire

1,359

170

1,729

264

1,634

271

1,833

295

1,464

245

Cleveland

814

73

831

90

876

105

960

111

844

115

Cumbria

673

88

676

92

735

108

813

94

721

132

Derbyshire

1,290

121

1,318

147

1,449

168

1,672

202

1,451

194

Devon and Cornwall

2,119

250

2,180

261

2,313

354

2,242

318

2,127

319

Dorset

1,020

131

1,028

171

1,110

154

1,087

152

1,048

159

Durham

982

115

1,002

134

1,049

121

1,134

143

1,002

166

Essex

2,199

257

2,253

269

2,352

270

2,505

348

2,211

338

Gloucestershire

764

101

826

100

772

118

782

131

720

114

Greater Manchester

4,257

458

4,245

475

4,206

537

4,284

527

4,095

558

Hampshire

3,105

359

3,422

424

3,249

414

3,302

441

2,910

462

Hertfordshire

1,475

191

1,661

233

1,657

246

1,634

247

1,589

247

Humberside

1,127

132

1,270

125

1,327

118

1,476

147

1,448

144

Kent

2,315

260

2,433

311

2,535

276

2,710

300

2,593

314

Lancashire

2,020

284

2,258

341

2,336

316

2,360

346

2,382

341

Leicestershire

1,416

130

1,504

155

1,557

168

1,578

176

1,460

171

Lincolnshire

792

85

773

74

999

112

1,057

152

1,027

149

London, City of

144

18

191

30

208

22

151

18

173

11

Merseyside

2,011

184

2,056

237

2,395

292

2,518

331

2,634

330

Metropolitan Police

10,265

989

11,746

1,160

11,486

1,135

11,932

1,295

11,658

1,229

Norfolk

1,027

116

1,067

153

1,146

128

1,086

154

1,115

150

Northamptonshire

370

29

209

27

714

85

825

97

740

113

Northumbria

2,295

235

2,302

286

2,424

323

2,338

337

2,263

298

North Yorkshire

937

129

990

129

1,037

157

988

143

1,073

171

Nottinghamshire

1,441

157

1,305

114

1,476

168

1,479

190

1,445

181

South Yorkshire

1,845

176

1,756

189

1,856

233

2,010

214

2,013

207

Staffordshire

1,359

154

1,489

215

1,539

194

1,508

225

1,490

228

Suffolk

821

99

986

119

1,061

152

1,176

156

974

129

Surrey

1,384

208

1,408

206

1,270

194

1,245

180

1,272

231

Sussex

2,091

267

2,061

245

2,162

268

2,032

336

2,074

305

Thames Valley

2,934

341

3,841

476

3,448

436

3,136

403

3,059

415

Warwickshire

776

104

754

87

824

94

764

81

762

109

West Mercia

1,574

166

1,515

204

1,600

197

1,518

171

1,773

144

West Midlands

4,526

389

4,655

395

4,799

434

5,067

517

5,160

533

West Yorkshire

2,936

284

3,259

304

3,397

323

3,558

339

3,513

350

Wiltshire

929

116

881

124

894

137

908

116

907

131

England

70,931

7,753

75,627

8,826

78,039

9,352

79,906

9,998

77,479

10,003

Dyfed Powys

767

100

815

112

874

121

853

133

806

126

Gwent

1,019

133

971

103

1,014

135

1,039

149

945

184

North Wales

1,099

128

1,121

149

1,169

157

1,193

156

1,194

170

South Wales

2,525

287

2,439

322

2,493

347

2,482

329

2,445

366

Wales

5,410

648

5,346

686

5,550

760

5,567

767

5,390

846

England and Wales

76,341

8,401

80,973

9,512

83,589

10,112

85,473

10,765

82,869

10,849

1 Offences of aiding, abetting, causing or permitting driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs under the Road Traffic Act 1988 s4(1), 4(2), 5(1)(a), 5(1)(b), 6(4), 7(6), 7A (as added by Police Reform Act 2002 s56); and Transport & Works Act 1992 s31A (as added by Police Reform Act 2002 s52).

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

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.

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 those data are used.