Mobile phone RTCs - 1170/20

Date Responded 05 August 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:

Can you please give me the total number of road traffic incidents/accidents, that occurred in the past ten years, where the usage of a mobile phone was the cause of the incidents/accidents.

Please could you break the data down in the following format:

Total number of mobile phone caused road traffic incidents/accidents - broken down monthly from 2010- 2020 (closed available month)

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 Fixed Penalty Unit 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.
The information requested is not held in a format that allows its extraction within the permitted 18 hours.
For the timeframe requested in excess of 80,000 would need to be located and reviewed to extract the data requested. This exercise cannot be achieved within 18 hours and has been assessed as taking weeks as opposed to hours. (Further time would then be needed to break down into months as requested). As such, 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.


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