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Driving Offences

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many drivers under the age of 25 years were prosecuted for driving over the permitted alcohol limit in each region of England and Wales in (a) each of the last 10 years and (b) 2008 to date; (227140)

(2) how many drivers under the age of 25 years were prosecuted for driving under the influence of drugs in each region of England and Wales in (a) each of the last 10 years and (b) 2008 to date;

(3) how many people were prosecuted for driving under the influence of drugs in each region of England and Wales in (a) each of the last 10 years and (b) 2008 to date.

Data on prosecutions for the specific offence of driving over the prescribed alcohol limit are available only on a national (England and Wales) basis. They are given in the following table. Data on prosecutions for all offences of driving after consuming alcohol or drugs, broken down by region, are also given. It is not possible to identify separately how many of these prosecutions involved drugs and how many alcohol. 2007 data will be available later this year; 2008 data will be available late in 2009.

Table A: Proceedings at magistrates courts for driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs1, by age group, and by Government office region, 1997, 2000 and 2006

Number of offences

1997

2000

2006

Government office region

Under age 25

Total all ages

Under age 25

Total all ages

Under age 25

Total all ages

North East

1,407

5,142

1,558

5,034

1,634

5,000

North West

3,717

15,218

3,738

13,353

4,188

13,969

Yorkshire and the Humber

2,364

9,873

2,330

8,748

2,717

9,060

East Midlands

2,191

8,361

1,870

6,974

2,228

7,635

West Midlands

2,815

12,496

2,267

9,818

2,873

11,059

East

2,558

9,698

2,306

8,175

2,716

10,191

London

3,691

19,457

2,963

14,359

3,103

15,138

South East

3,839

15,369

3,896

14,596

4,059

14,141

South West

2,472

9,397

2,190

8,272

2,606

8,538

Wales

2,003

7,176

1,999

6,831

2,107

6,692

England and Wales

27,057

112,187

25,117

96,160

28,231

101,423

1 Data provided covers summary offences of driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs (which cannot be reliably 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, 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.

Table B: Proceedings at magistrates courts for offences of ‘driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle while having a breath, urine or blood alcohol concentration in excess of the prescribed limit’1, by age group and Government office region, 1997, 2000 and 2006

Number of offences

1997

2000

2006

Government office region

Under age 25

Total all ages

Under age 25

Total all ages

Under age 25

Total all ages

North East

1,115

4,044

1,199

3,863

1,416

4,108

North West

3,034

12,249

3,129

10,500

3,585

11,391

Yorkshire and the Humber

1,951

7,800

1,926

6,860

2,348

7,395

East Midlands

1,885

6,788

1,519

5,364

1,920

6,144

West Midlands

2,352

10,024

1,893

7,576

2,472

8,848

East

2,219

8,064

1,984

6,707

2,349

8,428

London

2,878

14,161

2,318

10,218

2,380

10,870

South East

3,316

12,870

3,380

12,168

3,517

11,758

South West

2,166

7,758

1,868

6,599

2,260

6,957

Wales

1,640

5,746

1,626

5,209

1,809

5,454

England and Wales

22,556

89,504

20,842

75,064

24,056

81,353

1 Offences under s5(1)(a) Road Traffic Act 1988.

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.

Table C: Proceedings at magistrates’ courts for offences of ‘being in charge of a motor vehicle while having a breath, urine or blood alcohol concentration in excess of the prescribed limit’1, by age group and Government office region, 1997, 2000 and 2006

Number of offences

1997

2000

2006

Government office region

Under age 25

Total all ages

Under age 25

Total all ages

Under age 25

Total all ages

North East

41

158

70

219

33

96

North West

100

399

123

417

68

303

Yorkshire and the Humber

73

291

58

237

43

159

East Midlands

79

282

66

241

50

187

West Midlands

72

341

65

322

61

279

East

73

297

46

236

52

240

London

129

759

117

703

111

649

South East

152

572

126

472

71

326

South West

62

307

53

250

55

228

Wales

44

157

48

169

48

128

England and Wales

825

3,563

772

3,266

592

2,595

1 Offences under s5(1)(b) Road Traffic Act 1988.

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.