Disclosure Details

Collision Investigation - 590/12

Dated: 27 Jun 2011

Date of request:      17/07/12

Date of response:   31/07/2012

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated  17th July 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.

You asked: 

My questions relate to the investigation of road death incidents within your force. 

  1. The number of fatal collisions investigated and the number of fatalities per year for the years 2009 and 2010.

  2. The number of arrests made as a result of fatal collisions and a breakdown of the offence for which an arrest was made for the same years (s.1 Road Traffic Act 1988 causing death by dangerous driving; s.2B RTA 1988 causing death by careless driving; s.3A RTA 1988 causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs;  s.3ZB RTA 1988 causing death by driving whilst uninsured/unlicensed or disqualified).

  3. The number of charges brought as a result of fatal collisions per year for the above offences.

  4. In addition, I would like to know if the force has a centralised Collision Investigation Unit and, if so, the annual budget of the CIU (in particular, the cost of CIU personnel: How many officers and support staff work at the CIU?).

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 both the Operations and the Corporate Development Departments of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

1. Northumbria Police investigate all fatal collisions.

 The information you have requested at this point in relation to the number of fatalities has previously been released into the public domain, and is available via a previous FOI request.  Therefore, as this information 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.

 Information that answers these part of your request are freely available from the Northumbria Police website via the Disclosure Log.  In order to assist I have provided the relevant link below:-


2. The response to this question is set out below:-

  2009 2010
Causing death by dangerous driving 5 9
Causing death by careless driving 4 5
Causing death by careless driving under the influence drink or drugs 0 0
Causing death by driving whilst uninsured, unlicensed or disqualified 3 1

3. The response to this question is set out below:-

  2009 2010
Charges 20 13

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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