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Drink Driving Offences - 1273/20

Date Responded 16 September 2020

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.

You asked:

Time period for data relating to the request: June - August 2020, and June - August 2019

1.  How many drivers were caught over the legal drink-drive limit in your force area in June 2020, July 2020 and August 2020 to date? If possible, please could the response be split into:

a.  of people fined

b.  of people who received penalty points

c.  of people disqualified from driving

d.  Total number of people fined/cautioned/disqualified

2.  How many drivers were caught over the legal drink-drive limit in your force area in June 2019, July 2019 and August 2019? If possible, please could the response be split into:

a.  of people fined

b.  of people who received penalty points

c.  of people disqualified from driving

d.  Total number of people fined/cautioned/disqualified

Note: if a split of data is not available, just the total number of people caught would be helpful

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development and Criminal Justice Departments of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police, however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.

This information is not recorded/held in an easily searchable format therefore, to establish a response to each part of your request would require approximately 799 arrests for such offences during the time period of your request to be located and manually reviewed to establish how many were fined; how many received penalty points; how many were disqualified from driving and how may were fined/cautioned/disqualified as specified by your request.  Even at a conservative estimate of 7 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract this information would take over 93 hours, therefore 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 your request.

However, in order to provide you with some assistance, under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, an initial assessment of the information that may be provided within the time constraints would be the numbers arrested for such offences during June - August 2020, and June - August 2019.

If this would be useful, you may wish to refine and resubmit your request accordingly.

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