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Driving Offences

Volume 487: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted of reckless driving offences during their first 12 months as licensed drivers in (a) Ribble Valley, (b) Lancashire and (c) the UK in each of the last five years. (253223)

Available information held by the Ministry of Justice on convictions at all courts for offences of dangerous and careless driving in Lancashire police force area and England and Wales for the years 2003 to 2007 (latest available) is provided in the following table.

from Information held centrally it is not possible to provide constituency level data.

Information on the number of findings of guilt during the first 12 months as a licensed driver are not held by the Ministry of Justice.

There is no specific offence for reckless driving, thus the number of findings of guilt at all courts for offences of dangerous and careless driving for Lancashire Police force area and England and Wales has been provided in lieu.

Data for 2008 should be available in the autumn of 2009.

Findings of guilt at all courts for offences of dangerous and careless driving, in Lancashire police force area, and England and Wales, 2003-071,2

Number of offences

Police force area

Findings of guilt

Lancashire

England and Wales

2003

918

38,478

2004

744

37,133

2005

696

35,869

2006

756

33,670

2007

921

43,525

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. 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.

Source:

The Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis Unit

Data taken from Table S6.15(b) of Crim Stats Sup vol. 6 (motoring offences), years 2003-07.