Driving offences 276/17
Dated: 24 Mar 2017
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your e mail dated 7 March 2017 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
"In the first Week of March 1st March to 7th March 2017
1.How many people were reported fined and or banned for using a hand-held phone or similar device while driving, or riding a motorcycle, during the above dates
OR if you are not able to answer that question for what ever reason I will pose this question
2.How many people were reported fined and or banned for using a hand-held phone or similar device while driving, or riding a motorcycle, on the 1st of March ( for whole 24hr period)
I want to no how many vehicles were stopped in your force area during any operation to do with the new laws on use of mobile phones on the 1st of March
Please provide total number of those who were banned fined or reported eg 5 fined 10 reported 1 banned 3 No further action total stopped 19"
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 within Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police.
I am able to disclose the located information for point 1 to you as follows.
1. 24 offences have been reported in the time period specifed and are likely to incure fines. A ban would not become apparent until the case has gone through the courts.
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 data. For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.
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