Disclosure Details

Drug driving - 299/13

Dated: 19 Apr 2013

Date of request:      10/04/2013

Date of response:   19/04/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated 10 April 2013 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. How many motorists in your force area were charged with driving under the influence of drugs in 2011, 2012 and so far in 2013 (Jan-March). Please provide a breakdown for each year

  2. Can you please provide a breakdown of the different substances/drugs that motorists were caught using whilst driving in the years 2011, 2012 and so far in 2013 (Jan-March). Please provide a breakdown for each year. Where the substance is not recorded on computer systems (only recorded in physical files), a response of "not clearly recorded" will suffice.
    If possible, please further categorise these for type of drugs, including illegal, prescription or over the counter medication. If this is not recorded on computer systems, the type of drug (if known) will suffice.

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

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

The information below is the result of searches of all arrests relating to "Drive or attempt to drive motor vehicle whilst unfit - drugs" and of those arrested the number who were subsequently charged.

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.

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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