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Driving Offences

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average (a) fine and (b) length of sentence for an offence of dangerous driving was in each of the last 10 years. (320161)

The requested information is provided in the following table:

Average fine and average length of sentence for dangerous driving1, 1998 to 2008

Average fine amount (£)

Average custodial sentence length (months)

1998

353.50

7.7

1999

361.38

7.8

2000

334.72

7.7

2001

366.98

7.9

2002

374.60

8.3

2003

386.79

8.5

2004

451.63

8.7

2005

437.90

8.5

2006

489.89

9.1

2007

530.58

8.9

2008

623.94

9.5

1 Road Traffic Act 1988 S.2. Dangerous Driving. 2 Excludes life and indeterminate sentences. Notes: 1. These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. 2. The data have been taken from the Ministry of Justice Court Proceedings database. The data are presented on the principal offence basis. Where an offender has been sentenced for more than one offence the principal offence is the one for which the heaviest sentence was imposed. Where the same sentence has been imposed for two or more offences the principal offence is the one for which the statutory maximum is most severe.