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Road Traffic Offences: Convictions

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) males and (b) females were convicted of offences in England and Wales under sections (i) 14(3), (ii) 15(2) and (iii) 15(4) of the Road Traffic Act 1998 in 2007; (242750)

(2) how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) 17 to 24, (ii) 25 to 30, (iii) 31 to 35, (iv) 36 to 40 and (v) over 40 years old were (A) prosecuted and (B) convicted for (1) failing to comply with a road sign, (2) offences under sections (x) 14(3), (y) 15(2) and (z) 15(4) of the Road Traffic Act 1998, (3) failing to provide a breath specimen for analysis, (4) failing to stop for a police constable and (5) disobeying a police constable stopping traffic in (aa) the Essex Police area, (bb) the Metropolitan Police area and (cc) England and Wales in 2007.

The number of males and females proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for various motoring offences, by sex and age group, within the Essex police force area, Metropolitan police force area, and England and Wales in 2007 can be seen in tables 1 to 3 which have been placed in the Library.

These data are on the principal offence basis. The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the offence selected is the one for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.