Drink driving - 1158/16
Dated: 21 Nov 2016
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your e mail dated 19 October 2016 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.
1. How many drivers have been caught by your force for driving while over the drink-drive alcohol limit in the years 2014, 2015 and so far in 2016 (split respectively by year, gender of driver and age of driver)?
2. How many drivers have been caught by your force for driving while over the drink-drive alcohol limit in December 2014 and December 2015 (split respectively by year)?
3. What was the average distance drink drivers were away from their home when caught (based on where they were stopped and their postal address) in 2015?
4. How many drivers were stopped and found to be over drink-driving alcohol limit by postcode (eg SE1, CV2, etc) in 2015?
5. What was the average alcohol level registered per test (breath, blood and urine) in those found to be driving while over the legal limit in December 2014 and December 2015 (split respectively by year)?
6. What was the highest alcohol level registered per test (breath, blood and urine) in those found to be driving while over the legal limit in December 2014 and December 2015 (split respectively by year)?
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 in part by Northumbria Police.
I am able to disclose the located information to you as below attached.
Information is not held at points 3, 4 and 5.
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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