Disclosure Details

Collision Investigation - 620/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request:   31/07/2012

Date of response:   14/08/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 31 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: 

The number of charges brought as a result of fatal collisions per year broken down into the below offences from the year 2009 to the year 2010 inclusive.

(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).

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 Criminal Justice Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

The figures supplied below are for all 'Fatals', including those on public roads, private roads, off-road and those where natural causes were found to be the reason for the fatality.

  2009 2010
 Fatal Collisions 53 40
 Death by Dangerous Driving 1 2
 Cause Death by Careless Driving 5 5
 Cause Death Driving Unfit Drink / Drugs 0 0
 Cause Death Driving Unlicensed / Disqualified / Uninsured 1 5

When collating the figures for this response it has come to light that the information to which you were referred to in response to your previous request (FOI 590/12), contained the results of the fatals as required for Home Office statistics, which are for those which occurred on public roads only.

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the public interest.  The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.  I have provided the relevant link below:-


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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