Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
- I would like to find out how many Road Traffic Collisions classified as "hit-and-run" or "driver failed to stop" were recorded by the force between January 1st, 2012 and the date of this request.
- Of those, how many were fatal;
- How many incidents resulted in drivers being charged, and how many resulted in a fine/penalty;
- The ages of individuals charged with a hit-and-run in the same period.
Hit-and-run refers to drivers failing to stop after being involved in a collision.
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted within Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.
The information requested is not held in a format that allows its retrieval within the permitted time constraints. Each report of RTC would require manual review to establish a response to point 1. There are approximately 8,500 collsion reports made in the Force each year. Even at a conservative estimate of 5 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract this information for a one year period alone would take over 700 hours. Further time would then be required to establish a response to points 2-4 which would more than double that time estimate. As your request would exceed the 18 hour time constraint, Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00
You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for that part of your request.
When applying Section 12 exemption our duty to assist under Section 16 of the Act would normally entail that we contact you to determine whether it is possible to refine the scope of your request to bring it within the cost limits. However, from the information we have outlined above I see no reasonable way in which we can do so.
Although Section 12 is relevant, searches made on the Northumbria Police website for ‘hit and run’ will provide some information that may be useful to you