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Driving Offences

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 2 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions for (a) drink-driving and (b) each other motoring offence resulted in a custodial sentence in (i) Lewes constituency, (ii) Sussex and (iii) England in each of the last 10 years. (301274)

The number of defendants found guilty at all courts in the Sussex police force area and England for driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs and other motoring offences (by offence type) is given in tables 1 and 2 from 1998 to 2007 (latest available). Sentences of immediate custody imposed at all courts are given in tables 3 and 4.

Court proceedings data are not available at parliamentary constituency level.

Data for 2008 are planned for publication on 28 January 2010.

Table 1: The number of defendants found guilty at all courts in the Sussex police force area, for motoring offences1, by offence type, from 1998 to 20072,3

Offence group

Offence type

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2

Dangerous driving

64

71

56

82

75

65

64

83

66

61

3

Driving etc, after consuming alcohol or taking drugs

1,954

2,021

1,925

2,205

2,158

2,251

2,295

2,157

2,273

2,279

4

Careless driving

916

697

495

398

301

180

176

191

207

368

5

Accident offences

153

147

127

96

86

103

84

63

88

105

7

Driving licence related offences

658

744

763

819

747

656

549

551

573

588

9

Vehicle insurance offences

3,087

2,780

2,492

2,526

2,278

2,156

2,269

2,100

2,401

2,681

10

Vehicle registration and excise licence offences

268

356

55

77

427

208

438

446

623

906

11

Work record and employment offences

108

130

73

86

98

56

35

58

50

22

12

Operator's licence offences

27

35

39

38

40

27

16

17

9

6

13

Vehicle test offences

513

331

237

223

184

108

68

40

44

58

14

Fraud, forgery etc associated with vehicle or driver records

45

50

44

54

30

23

19

13

17

11

15

Vehicle or part in dangerous or defective condition

262

217

169

138

130

77

41

56

62

83

16

Speed limit offences

3,614

3,097

3,422

2,594

1,715

2,756

2,414

3,346

3,507

3,894

17

Motorway offences (other than speeding)

1

1

18

Neglect of traffic directions

485

332

555

139

70

96

235

308

511

628

19

Neglect of pedestrian rights

102

90

99

79

31

16

19

17

16

18

20

Obstruction, waiting and parking offences

442

452

544

549

150

140

194

172

132

139

21

Lighting offences

46

39

45

27

24

14

3

6

5

16

22

Noise offences

23

17

11

18

10

1

3

2

2

23

Load offences

175

167

97

57

121

121

49

30

54

25

24

Offences peculiar to motor cycles

5

2

6

5

3

2

2

4

25

Miscellaneous motoring offences

753

587

549

286

347

319

348

438

345

448

Total

13,701

12,362

11,803

10,497

9,025

9,375

9,321

10,094

10,985

12,340

Table 2: The number of defendants found guilty at all courts in England, for motoring offences1, by offence type, from 1998 to 20072,3

Offence group

Offence type

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2

Dangerous driving

4,024

3,633

3,716

3,807

4,512

5,035

4,951

4,330

3,987

3,817

3

Driving etc, after consuming alcohol or taking drugs

77,578

74,413

71,471

70,854

76,191

78,291

80,986

79,005

78,410

76,145

4

Careless driving

39,524

33,414

29,016

25,646

22,582

20,279

19,711

19,325

18,204

27,106

5

Accident offences

5,639

5,406

5,107

5,384

5,243

5,613

5,749

5,469

5,419

5,535

7

Driving licence related offences

37,043

37,389

37,656

38,518

41,512

49,042

52,550

48,895

43,901

41,710

9

Vehicle insurance offences

157,532

155,039

159,841

157,522

170,470

194,103

204,708

188,749

181,047

162,854

10

Vehicle registration and excise licence offences

10,856

8,930

10,567

12,180

17,822

21,896

21,380

12,211

10,136

10,213

11

Work record and employment offences

6,017

5,006

4,493

3,940

3,107

2,890

2,336

2,030

1,830

1,338

12

Operator's licence offences

1,784

1,476

1,580

1,263

981

777

704

703

640

461

13

Vehicle test offences

22,485

19,754

16,302

13,842

12,798

13,583

13,066

11,242

9,108

7,166

14

Fraud, forgery etc associated with vehicle or driver records

4,251

3,845

3,235

3,270

3,077

3,021

2,445

1,816

1,404

1,029

15

Vehicle or part in dangerous or defective condition

17,446

14,476

11,661

9,141

7,670

6,961

7,387

6,674

6,207

6,189

16

Speed limit offences

138,463

133,535

124,105

121,515

110,485

122,839

134,134

141,995

137,022

134,144

17

Motorway offences (other than speeding)

1,866

1,373

2,088

1,481

1,792

1,181

1,423

1,751

1,186

1,070

18

Neglect of traffic directions

26,337

24,999

25,486

23,582

21,516

20,823

22,372

19,556

21,076

21,077

19

Neglect of pedestrian rights

4,814

4,009

3,104

2,471

2,079

2,169

2,139

1,909

1,514

1,552

20

Obstruction, waiting and parking offences

15,418

14,777

12,702

12,070

11,606

12,037

9,747

7,190

5,742

3,659

21

Lighting offences

4,230

3,890

2,912

2,306

2,167

2,055

2,177

2,123

1,892

1,601

22

Noise offences

1,118

1,050

786

655

459

415

376

349

277

219

23

Load offences

12,913

9,904

9,285

7,791

6,592

6,737

5,844

4,576

4,406

4,093

24

Offences peculiar to motor cycles

233

201

259

249

213

226

295

209

197

152

25

Miscellaneous motoring offences

40,394

41,838

40,449

38,236

42,851

55,151

71,505

67,896

49,384

67,024

Total

629,965

598,357

575,821

555,723

565,725

625,124

665,985

628,003

582,989

578,154

Table 3: The number of offenders sentenced to immediate custody at all courts in the Sussex police force area, for motoring offences1, by offence type, from 1998 to 20072,3

Offence group

Offence type

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2

Dangerous driving

21

14

21

37

31

25

21

37

31

23

3

Driving etc, after consuming alcohol or taking drugs

60

58

57

68

84

59

46

48

35

49

5

Accident offences

3

4

1

1

2

1

1

1

7

Driving licence related offences

198

269

309

346

315

251

188

154

136

121

9

Vehicle insurance offences

1

10

Vehicle registration and excise licence offences

1

1

14

Fraud, forgery etc associated with vehicle or driver records

1

1

1

Total

281

344

392

452

432

335

257

241

204

194

Table 4: The number of offenders sentenced to immediate custody at all courts in England, for motoring offences1, by offence type, from 1998 to 20072,3

Offence group

Offence type

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2

Dangerous driving

1,412

1,475

1,591

1,753

2,022

2,186

2,116

1,827

1,584

1,454

3

Driving etc, after consuming alcohol or taking drugs

3,536

3,433

3,239

3,249

3,099

2,880

2,811

2,580

2,104

1,879

4

Careless driving

1

2

1

1

2

1

1

5

Accident offences

52

69

67

70

76

64

70

77

59

49

7

Driving licence related offences

9,966

11,230

11,665

12,402

12,562

13,300

11,177

9,175

7,008

5,420

9

Vehicle insurance offences

8

5

15

4

7

10

18

5

7

3

10

Vehicle registration and excise licence offences

1

2

1

2

13

Vehicle test offences

1

2

1

14

Fraud, forgery etc associated with vehicle or driver records

14

22

9

9

20

15

13

12

7

6

15

Vehicle or part in dangerous or defective condition

1

1

16

Speed limit offences

1

2

1

1

1

2

18

Neglect of traffic directions

1

1

2

2

19

Neglect of pedestrian rights

2

1

20

Obstruction, waiting and parking offences

2

23

Load offences

1

25

Miscellaneous motoring offences

2

4

8

5

5

3

3

3

1

3

Total

14,994

16,243

16,602

17,494

17,792

18,460

16,213

13,681

10,778

8,818

1 Offence groups are shown only where data have been reported within the period given.

2 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.

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 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

Justice Statistics Analytical Services - Ministry of Justice