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.
The request is regarding from Castle Road > Cambrian Way > the nearby roundabout connecting Cambrian Way/Ayton Road - Lambton, within the last 4 years (covering April 2016 - April 2020):
1. All information available regarding any RTC - which includes number of incidents/ dates/ times/ and severity of the incidents.
2. All information available regarding any "Speeding incident" (as in anyone caught speeding on the road stated/ speeding being the cause of a RTC on the road stated/complaints regarding speeding).
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
Information Commissioners Office (ICO) guidelines state that:
A public authority must confirm or deny whether it holds the information requested unless the cost of this alone would exceed the appropriate limit.
I can neither confirm nor deny that the information you require at point 2 is held by Northumbria Police as to actually determine if it is held would exceed the permitted 18 hours therefore Section 12(2) 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.
I have set out the reasons for this below.
There is no search facility that would allow the extraction of the information requested within the permitted 18 hour threshold. This location is not a specific site and any such incidence would therefore be an officer witnessed offence. Officer witnessed offences cannot be searched via place of offence and as such we would have to manually review each officer witnessed offence individually to check location. There are several hundreds of these for the time period requested, and to search those to establish if anything is held specific to that location would far exceed the permitted 18 hours. Section 12(2) is therefore relevant.
With regards to point 1, 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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