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Driving Under Influence

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people were (a) arrested and (b) convicted for drink driving in each of the last 12 months; (251529)

(2) how many people in Leicester were (a) arrested on suspicion of and (b) convicted of drink driving in each of the last 12 months.

The information requested on arrests is not available.

The arrests collection held by the Home Office covers arrests for recorded crime (notifiable offences) only, broken down at a main offence group level, covering categories such as violence against the person and robbery. The offence of drink driving is not a notifiable offence and does not form part of this collection.

Available information provided by the Ministry of Justice on convictions at all courts for offences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs for the year 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 convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs cannot be provided separately.

It is not possible to separately identify data for Leicester, thus data for Leicestershire police force area have been provided in lieu.

Findings of guilt at all courts for offences of driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs1 by Leicestershire police force area and England and Wales, 20072,3

Number of offences

Police force area

Findings of guilt

Leicestershire

1,520

England and Wales

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 areasthe 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.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 19 December 2008, Official Report, column 1076W, on driving under the influence, when she expects the statistics for the number of breathalyser tests by (a) month and (b) region for (i) 2007 and (ii) 2008 to be published. (254118)

Statistics relating to 2007 for the number of breathalyser tests by month and region will be published within the annual statistical bulletin covering Motoring Offences and Breath Test Statistics, England and Wales. This bulletin is due for publication in spring 2009. No date has yet been set for the release of the 2008 data.