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Driving under Influence: Convictions

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) men and (b) women under the age of 18 were (i) proceeded against, (ii) found guilty and (iii) sentenced to immediate custody for offences of drink driving in each year since 1997; (285786)

(2) how many (a) men and (b) women have been (i) proceeded against, (ii) found guilty of and (iii) sentenced to immediate custody for a drink-driving offence in each year since 1997.

Available information held on prosecutions and resultant convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or taking drugs in England and Wales from 1997 to 2007 (latest available) are shown in the tables.

The data provided covers both drink and drugs offences combined, as they cannot reliably be distinguished separately.

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

Table 1: Proceedings at magistrates courts, findings of guilt at all courts, sentenced to immediate custody, by gender, for persons under the age of 18 years for ‘driving after consuming alcohol or taking drugs’, England and Wales 1997 to 20071,2

Number of offences

Offence type: driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs

Under 18 years

Male

Female

Proceeded against

Findings of guilt

Immediate custody

Proceeded against

Findings of guilt

Immediate custody

1997

1,729

1,571

126

99

92

0

1998

1,637

1,494

112

107

95

2

1999

1,801

1,617

134

77

71

0

2000

1,860

1,668

117

80

73

1

2001

2,073

1,843

119

85

81

0

2002

2,066

1,825

118

115

104

0

2003

2,170

1,936

107

114

106

0

2004

1,952

1,801

101

132

121

1

2005

1,804

1,647

82

123

113

1

2006

1,714

1,608

59

143

132

1

2007

1,586

1,473

56

130

121

0

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.

Source:

Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis unit, Ministry of Justice

Table 2: Proceedings at magistrates courts, findings of guilt at all courts, sentenced to immediate custody, by gender, for all persons for ‘driving after consuming alcohol or taking drugs’, England and Wales 1997 to 20071,2

Number of offences

Offence type: Driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs

All ages

Male

Female

Proceeded against

Findings of guilt

Immediate custody

Proceeded against

Findings of guilt

Immediate custody

1997

102,808

91,803

7,090

9,371

8,426

171

1998

94,636

84,604

6,757

9,406

8,509

171

1999

90,247

80,954

6,701

9,252

8,409

175

2000

86,778

77,373

6,421

9,382

8,457

154

2001

86,533

76,346

6,442

9,448

8,402

179

2002

91,407

80,971

6,231

10,618

9,512

144

2003

94,435

83,589

6,136

11,236

10,112

172

2004

95,179

85,475

5,863

11,912

10,765

196

2005

91,592

82,870

5,207

11,890

10,849

165

2006

89,145

81,376

4,273

12,278

11,295

126

2007

84,345

77,529

3,780

12,627

11,694

129

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.

Source:

Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis unit, Ministry of Justice