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Driving under the influence - 338/18

Date Responded 25 April 2018

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:

How many charges for the following offences for the calendar years 2015, 2016, 2017 and so far in 2018 (Jan – March). Please provide a breakdown for each year. 

1. Driving under the influence of alcohol

2. Driving under the influence of drugs

3. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol 

In Response:

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 with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police. 

Data has been collated through a search of all charges issued between 01/01/2015 and 31/03/2018 for the following offences: 

  • Driving or attempting to drive a mechanically propelled vehicle whilst unfit to drive through drink or drugs (only to be used where it is unclear whether it is drink or drugs)
  • Driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle while having a breath, blood or urine alcohol concentration in excess of the prescribed limit
  • Being in charge of mechanically propelled vehicle whilst unfit to drive through drink or drugs (only to be used where it is unclear whether it is drink or drugs)
  • In charge of a motor vehicle while having a breath, blood or urine alcohol concentration in excess of the prescribed limit
  • Driving or attempting to drive a mechanically propelled vehicle whilst unfit to drive through drink or drugs - Drink
  • Driving or attempting to drive a mechanically propelled vehicle whilst unfit to drive through drink or drugs - Drugs
  • Being in charge of mechanically propelled vehicle whilst unfit to drive through drink or drugs - Drink
  • Being in charge of mechanically propelled vehicle whilst unfit to drive through drink or drugs - Drugs
  • Drive MV proportion of controlled drug above limit
  • Aid and abet drive MV with prop controlled drug over limit
  • In charge MV with prop of spec drug over spec limit
  • Att drive MV with prop of spec controlled drug over limit
  • Causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs
  • Causing death by driving without due care / consideration while over prescribed limit - specified controlled drug
  • Being intoxicated while driving a hackney carriage 

We have provided a count of charges – this may include the same person being charged more than once. These have been split into categories relevant for the FOI; alcohol, drugs and alcohol or drugs. 

With the above in mind, I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows. 

Year

Influence

Total

Alcohol

Drugs

Alcohol or Drugs

2015

1048

49

11

1108

2016

1039

56

9

1104

2017

827

8

9

844

2018

189

1

2

192

Total

3103

114

31

3248

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