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.
The number of motorists charged with driving under the influence of drugs in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 to date, broken down by year.
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.
The data represents those offenders who were either charged, summonsed or were sent a postal requisition for the following offences:
Being in charge of mechanically propelled vehicle whilst unfit to drive through drink or drugs - Drugs
Drive MV proportion of controlled drug above limit
Driving or attempting to drive a mechanically propelled vehicle whilst unfit to drive through drink or drugs - Drugs
There are offences where it is unclear if the offender is under the influence of drink or drugs, and therefore those offences have been omitted.
With the above noted I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
2016 – 176
2017 – 203
2018 – 108
2019 – 22