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Young People: Driving Offences

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many school pupils in Northern Ireland were convicted of (a) a motoring offence that resulted in a fatality and (b) careless driving in each of the last two years. (305016)

The information is not available in the format requested as it is not possible to determine from conviction data the number of offenders convicted of motoring offences causing death and offences related to careless driving, who were school pupils. It is only possible to give the number of persons aged 18 and under (at date of offence), of whom school pupils may be a subset, convicted for these offences. Figures for these are documented in the following table.

Data cover the calendar years 2005 and 2006 (the latest year for which figures are available) and are collated on the principal offence rule; so only the most serious offence with which an offender is charged is included.

Number aged 18 and under1 convicted of motoring offences causing death and careless driving/driving without due care and attention 2005-06

Motoring offences causing death

Careless driving/driving without due care and attention2, 3, 4

2005

1

130

2006

2

144

1 Based on the age at date of offence.

2 2005 figure includes three convictions for the offence ‘driving without reasonable consideration for others’ and one for ‘causing grievous bodily injury’ by driving carelessly with excess alcohol’.

3 2006 figure includes one conviction for the offence ‘driving without reasonable consideration for others’.

4 Excludes careless driving offences causing death and dangerous driving offences.