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Driving Under Influence: South Yorkshire

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 26 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) arrests, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions for drink-driving there were in (i) Barnsley East and Mexborough constituency, (ii) Barnsley Metropolitan Borough and (iii) Doncaster Metropolitan Borough in each year since 2002. (195757)

The arrests collection held by my Department covers persons arrested for recorded crime (notifiable offences), by main offence group (e.g. violence against the person, sexual offences, robbery, burglary, theft and handling stolen goods, etc) and police force area within England and Wales. Information on summary motoring offences including those of driving etc after consuming alcohol or taking drugs are non-notifiable and as a result are not covered by the collection.

Available information held on prosecutions and findings of guilt for offences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs for the years 2002 to 2005 (latest available) is provided in the following table. 2006 data will be available later this year. The data provided cover both drink and drugs offences combined, as volumes of prosecutions and convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs cannot be accurately established.

Information is available at police force area level only.

Proceedings at magistrates courts and findings of guilt at all courts for offences of driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs1, within South Yorkshire police force area, 2002-05

Number of offences


Findings of guilt













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


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.