Driving offence - 825/12
Dated: 09 Nov 2012
Date of request: 22/10/2012
Date of response: 08/11/2012
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 22 October 2012 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.
As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
How many incidents of the following motoring offence were recorded in your force area in the years specified:
CU80: Using a mobile phone while driving a motor vehicle in the following years: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and (so far in) 2012.
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 both the Fixed Penalty Unit and Criminal Justice Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held, in part, by Northumbria Police.
I have decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.
Please note is has not been possible to provide any data previous to 2006 for Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN), as this is no longer held.
It should also be noted that there may be some overlap, ie a FPN issued and then a summons created. It is not possible within the time permitted to distinguish where this may have occurred.
The information provided is for all disposals, ie Summons, Verbal Caution, Charged, No Further Action Advice Letter and FPN issued.
Information for 2012 is up to the time this request was received.
With the above in mind please see the below which answers your query in full.
2003 - 3
2004 - 230
2005 - 695
2006 - 4261
2007 - 4393
2008 - 4127
2009 - 3953
2010 - 3423
2011 - 3138
2012 - 2097
Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another. Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the crime data. For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.
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