Disclosure Details

Drink Driving - 803/12

Dated: 06 Nov 2012

Date of request:   16/10/2012

Date of response:   29/10/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 16 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.

You asked: 

  1. The three dates of the year that most people were caught for drink driving in 2011 and 2010, and the number of incidents recorded on that date (e.g. 23rd December 2011 – 39 recorded) in your force area;

  2. The total number of people caught drink driving so far in 2012, 2011 and 2010, split by gender in your force area;

  3. The number of people caught drink driving by month, so far in 2012, 2011 and in 2010 in your force area.

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

As advised earlier, this request has been aggregated with your previous request, FOI 772/12, due to the cost and time implications as it refers to the same subject area.

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.

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

  1. Below are the most prolific dates of 'arrests' for 'Driving whilst over the limit' and 'Drive whilst unfit'.

    2010 2011
     21 August 14  1 January 15
     1 January 10  30 July 12
     10 January 10  20 August 12
     23 May 10    
     8 August 10    
     22 August 10    
  2. The table below provides the number of those arrested/summonsed for driving whilst above the limit and driving/attempt to drive whilst unfit - alcohol.

      2010 2011 2012
      Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female Total
     January 89 19 108 78 21 99 81 26 107
     February 73 13 86 63 20 83 62 13 75
     March 62 20 82 67 10 77 76 27 103
     April 66 21 87 69 17 86 69 29 98
     May 79 17 96 65 15 80 70 18 88
     June 72 14 86 65 18 83 67 13 80
     July 65 19 84 64 16 80 74 22 96
     August 88 15 103 77 26 103 67 20 87
     September 65 9 74 82 19 101 58 15 73
     October 73 16 89 76 23 99      
     November 60 17 77 79 17 96      
     December 58 17 75 68 21 89      
  3. Please see the table in 2 above.



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.

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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