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Arrests: Bicycles

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people were (a) arrested, (b) charged with and (c) convicted of being under the influence of alcohol while in charge of a bicycle in (i) Test Valley Borough and (ii) Southampton in each of the last five years; (287760)

(2) how many people were (a) arrested for, (b) charged with and (c) convicted of being under the influence of illegal drugs while riding a bicycle on a public road in (i) Test Valley Borough and (ii) Southampton in each of the last five years.

I have been asked to reply.

The information requested on arrests is not collected centrally. 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 alcohol related offences presented in the table are not notifiable offences and do not form part of the arrests collection.

Information showing the number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for the offences “Pedal cyclist driving under the influence of drink or drugs” under section 30 of the 1988 Road Traffic Act and “Being drunk in charge of a carriage, horse, cattle or steam engine” under section 12 of the 1872 Licensing Act, in the Hampshire Police Force Area from 2003 to 2007 (latest available) can be viewed in the table.

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

The Ministry of Justice do not centrally collect charging data; proceeded against information has been provided in lieu. Data are not collected centrally below police force area; therefore information relating to Test Valley borough and Southampton cannot be provided.

The statistics 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 principal offence is the offence 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.

Number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts under the offences “Pedal cyclist driving under the influence of drink or drugs”1 (section 30 of the 1988 Road Traffic Act) and “Being drunk while in charge on any highway or other public place of any carriage2, horse, cattle or steam engine” (section 12 of the 1872 Licensing Act), in the Hampshire Police Force Area, 2003 to 20073,4

Statute

Section 30 1988 Road Traffic Act

Section 12 1872 Licensing Act

Proceeded against

2003

4

6

2004

3

1

2005

2

2006

3

1

2007

1

1

Found guilty

2003

3

3

2004

2

1

2005

2

2006

2

1

2007

1

1

1 The number of persons proceeded against and found guilty for driving under the influence of drinks or drugs cannot be separately identified under this statute.

2 A bicycle, whether ridden or pushed, is a carriage within the meaning of this offence. The number of persons proceeded against or found guilty of being drunk in charge of a carriage cannot be separated from those involving a horse, cattle or steam engine.

3 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence 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.

4 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:

Evidence and Analysis Unit—Office for Criminal Justice Reform