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Driving Offences: Mobile Phones

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions there have been of people of each sex in each age group in (a) England and Wales, (b) Essex and (c) Southend for the offence of driving whilst using a hand-held mobile telephone since the creation of that offence. (320601)

The number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences of using a hand held mobile telephone while driving, by sex and age group, in England and Wales and the Essex police force area, from 2004 (the offence came into force on 1 December 2003) to 2008 (latest available) is given in the following table.

Court proceedings data are not available at town or parliamentary constituency level.

Court proceedings data for 2009 are planned for publication in the autumn, 2010.

Number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences of using a hand held mobile phone while driving1, by sex and age, England and Wales and the Essex police force area, from 2004 to 20082, 3

Area

2004

2005

2006

20074

20085, 6

England and Wales

Males

Aged 20 and under

16

31

27

374

849

Aged 21 and over

429

1,008

1,282

9,282

22,800

Sub-total

445

1,039

1,309

9,656

23,649

Females

Aged 20 and under

3

3

5

70

165

Aged 21 and over

34

126

137

1,185

3,179

Sub-total

37

129

142

1,255

3,344

Persons

Aged 20 and under

19

34

32

444

1,018

Aged 21 and over

463

1,134

1,419

10,467

26,074

Total

482

1,168

1,451

10,911

27,092

Of which:

Essex police force area

Males

Aged 20 and under

2

1

14

57

Aged 21 and over

16

35

32

453

1,566

Sub-total

18

36

32

467

1,623

Females

Aged 20 and under

1

9

10

Aged 21 and over

3

5

7

69

274

Sub-total

4

5

7

78

284

Persons

Aged 20 and under

3

1

23

67

Aged 21 and over

19

40

39

522

1,847

Total

22

41

39

545

1,914

1 Statute: Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986—R.110(1), R.110(2) and R.110(3). Introduced 1 December 2003.

Offence description:

R.110(1) use of a hand held mobile phone while driving;

R.110(2) causing or permitting the use of a mobile phone while driving a motor vehicle

R.110(3) using a mobile phone while supervising the holder of a provisional driving licence to drive a motor vehicle on the road.

2 The figures given 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 offence selected is the one 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.

4 Tough new penalties for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving and for failing to have proper control of a vehicle came into effect on 27 February 2007.

5 Excludes convictions for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July and August 2008.

6 The gender of a defendant proceeded against may not have been reported. These data have been included in the persons only totals. Therefore, the males and females age group totals and sub-totals may not agree with the totals given under persons

Source:

Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.