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Dangerous Driving: Satellite Navigation Systems

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions there have been for the offences of (a) careless driving, (b) causing death by careless driving and (c) causing death by dangerous driving following inappropriate use of a satellite navigation device in the last 12 months for which figures are available. (228007)

In 2006 (latest available), there were 37,994 and 336 prosecutions for the offences of careless driving and causing death by dangerous driving respectively. 2007 data will be available later this year. The new offence of causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving was commenced on 18 August 2008. 2008 data will be available late in 2009.

The information on prosecutions for motoring offences held by my Department does not identify the circumstances surrounding the case or the precise behaviour of the driver that led to the offence being committed e.g. “inappropriate use of a satellite navigation device”. The only case information captured for such prosecutions, apart from court results for individual offences, is the age and gender of the defendant.