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.
If possible, would I be able to get information regarding accidents (road traffic collisions) within South Tyneside? Specifically, the calendar years of 2018 and 2016.
To be very specific, it’s mostly regarding collisions in and around Lindisfarne roundabout (junction of A194 and A19).
But I’d be happy to sift through ALL if that’s too specific a request.
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
As the information you have requested is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.
I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.
Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means
Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.
The North East Regional Road Safety Resource’s website features an interactive casualty map of the North East, on which are plotted all road user casualties from the last five years. This map can be accessed through the following link:
http://www.tinyurl.com/necasualtydashboard and as it does not contain any data that is not already available through other sources, it has been made freely available to the public.
Full details about the map and the data used in it are given on the website, but in brief the interactive casualty map will allow you to select to display casualties by severity and road user type over a map of the North East. Furthermore, once you have displayed the desired casualties, you can click on any of the points and a brief summary of the collision, casualty and vehicle details is displayed.
If this does not answer your query the Tyne and Wear Traffic and Accident Data Unit (TADU) carry out the statistical function on behalf of Northumbria Police and they may be able to assist you further. In order to aid and assist you, we have provided contact details below:-
Tyne and Wear Traffic and Accident Data Unit
Transport and Highways Service
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