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Driving Under Influence

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted for driving under the influence of alcohol in each of the last five years, broken down by police authority. (253289)

Available information held by the Ministry of Justice on convictions at all courts for offences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs for the years 2003 to 2007 (latest available) is provided in the following table. Data for 2008 should be available in the autumn of 2009.

The data provided cover both drink and drugs offences combined, as volumes of convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs cannot be provided separately.

Findings of guilt at all courts for offences of driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs1, by police force area, England and Wales, 2003-072,3

Number of offences

Findings of guilt

Police force area

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Avon and Somerset

2,666

2,692

2,595

2,457

2,490

Bedfordshire

1,072

1,028

1,050

1,152

1,064

Cambridgeshire

933

1,083

1,214

1,268

1,240

Cheshire

1,905

2,128

1,709

1,866

1,804

Cleveland

981

1,071

959

1,032

948

Cumbria

843

907

853

859

868

Derbyshire

1,617

1,874

1,645

1,520

1,466

Devon and Cornwall

2,667

2,560

2,446

2,336

2,247

Dorset

1,264

1,239

1,207

1,156

1,191

Durham

1,170

1,277

1,168

1,002

1,051

Essex

2,622

2,853

2,549

2,697

2,553

Gloucestershire

890

913

834

812

725

Greater Manchester

4,743

4,811

4,653

4,570

4,462

Hampshire

3,663

3,743

3,372

2,993

2,974

Hertfordshire

1,904

1,881

1,836

1,860

1,830

Humberside

1,445

1,623

1,592

1,518

1,071

Kent

2,811

3,010

2,907

2,824

2,836

Lancashire

2,652

2,706

2,723

2,775

2,756

Leicestershire

1,725

1,754

1,631

1,512

1,520

Lincolnshire

1,111

1,209

1,176

1,274

1,233

London, City of

230

169

184

168

189

Merseyside

2,687

2,849

2,964

2,737

2,541

Metropolitan Police

12,621

13,227

12,887

13,075

12,237

Norfolk

1,274

1,240

1,265

1,335

1,246

Northamptonshire

799

922

853

1,016

879

Northumbria

2,747

2,675

2,561

2,559

2,482

North Yorkshire

1,194

1,131

1,244

1,261

1,194

Nottinghamshire

1,644

1,669

1,626

1,699

1,517

South Yorkshire

2,089

2,224

2,220

2,019

2,023

Staffordshire

1,733

1,733

1,718

1,657

1,704

Suffolk

1,213

1,332

1,103

1,158

1,058

Surrey

1,464

1,425

1,503

1,413

1,517

Sussex

2,430

2,368

2,379

2,475

2,479

Thames Valley

3,884

3,539

3,474

3,419

3,356

Warwickshire

918

845

871

895

994

West Mercia

1,797

1,689

1,917

2,008

1,904

West Midlands

5,233

5,584

5,693

5,554

5,483

West Yorkshire

3,720

3,897

3,863

3,587

3,429

Wiltshire

1,031

1,024

1,038

1,028

816

England

87,392

89,904

87,482

86,546

83,377

Dyfed Powys

995

986

932

927

906

Gwent

1,149

1,188

1,129

1,188

1,097

North Wales

1,326

1,349

1,364

1,335

1,297

South Wales

2,840

2,811

2,811

2,675

2,546

Wales

6,310

6,334

6,236

6,125

5,846

England and Wales

93,702

96,238

93,718

92,671

89,223

1 Data provided cover summary offences of driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs (which cannot be reliably distinguished separately).

2 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.

3 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