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Driving under Influence: Reoffenders

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people convicted of drink-driving related offences in Northern Ireland where a custodial sentence was not given were subsequently convicted of similar offences within 12 months of the original conviction in the last five years. (201507)

The table gives the number of convictions for drink/drug-driving related offences in Northern Ireland where a non-custodial sentence was given. Data in relation to the number of people who were subsequently convicted of similar offences within 12 months are not available. However, in 2004 (the latest year for which data are available) the two-year reconviction rate for all those sentenced to supervised community sentences was 33.7 per cent. compared with the predicted rate of 42.8 per cent. While we are not complacent, this is an encouraging sign and a clear indication that the measures and wide range of schemes put in place by the various criminal justice agencies to help reduce reconviction by offenders is having a positive impact.

Data in the following table cover the calendar years 2002 to 2006 (the latest available years) and are collated on the principal offence rule; so only the most serious offence with which an offender is charged is included.

Number of persons convicted of drink/drug-driving related offences1 in Northern Ireland who were given non-custodial sentences 2002-06

Number of persons given non-custodial sentences











1 It is not possible to separate out drug-related offences from alcohol-related offences for the offences of ‘driving when unfit through drink or drugs’, ‘driving while under the influence of’, ‘attempting to drive while under the influence of’ and ‘in charge of a vehicle when under the influence of’.