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Driving Under Influence

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many motorists were (a) stopped on suspicion and (b) prosecuted for drink driving in 2009. (319754)

Information is not collected centrally on how many motorists were stopped on suspicion of drink driving. Information on breath tests held by the Home Office covers the number of screening breath tests carried out and of which number of positive/refused. This information is broken down by police force area level only. Please see chapter 4 of our most recent publication of “Police Powers and Procedures 07/08” for number of screening breath tests. See following link:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/police-powers.html

The Home Office advise that data for 2009 are planned for publication in April 2010.

Information held by the Ministry of Justice deals with court proceedings for drink drive offences. The Ministry of Justice advise that data for 2009 are planned to be published in the autumn, 2010. The number of proceedings at magistrates courts for drink driving offences in 2008 (latest available) can be found in “Criminal Statistics England and Wales 2008” volume 6, table S6.1, supplementary volumes, “Court proceedings offences relating to motor vehicles” published on the Ministry of Justice website. See following link:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/criminalannual.htm