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Driving Offences - 1381/19

Date Responded 06 January 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:

For the time period 01/11/2018 - 01/11/2019

  1. The total number of speeding tickets issued for the whole of the city of Sunderland
  2. The total number of Motor related driving offenses for the whole of the city of Sunderland
  3. The total number of Motor related driving prosecutions for the whole of the city of Sunderland
  4. The total number of RTCs for the whole of the city of Sunderland
  5. The total number of RTCs for the whole of the city of Sunderland that has actual police attendance.

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Fixed Penalty Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held, in part, by Northumbria Police, however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.

To provide information which meets the criteria of your request at points 1 through to 3, would entail a member of staff manually searching every speeding offence record for each of the 42 camera sites, to extract the information specifically requested, as unfortunately our systems do not facilitate a search parameter of an area ie “Sunderland”.  I am sure you will appreciate that there will be thousands of offences for the period requested, and to search each of these would certainly exceed the 18 hours afforded by the Act.  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.

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.

As parts of your request would exceed the prescribed limit, as defined by the Act, there is no requirement for Northumbria Police to provide a response to the remaining parts of your request.  However as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information below, relative to your request, retrieved or available before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded.  I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of your request.

4 - 5.    As a response to these parts of your request 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 these parts of 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.

Information at these points is freely available via The North East Regional Road Safety Resource’s website.  The website features an interactive casualty map of the North East, on which are plotted all road user casualties from the last five years.  The map can be accessed through the following link: http://www.tinyurl.com/necasualtydashboard.  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.

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