Under 18 drivers (4522_14)

Request

How many drivers under the age of 18 were caught driving over the legal alcohol limit by your police force in 2013.

– Please could you break figures down by age (i.e.: 17 years old, 16 years old, 15 years old, etc.)
– Please could you also break figures down by gender if possible
– Please provide figures broken down by calendar year – or by financial year, if this is not available

Response

Please find enclosed our response.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

Drivers arrested for drink driving* – 01/01/2013 – 31/12/2013

Age

Male

Female

Total

16

1

0

1

17

7

1

8

Total

8

1

9

Includes the following offences

  • Driving with Alcohol above limit
  • Aid/Abet Driving with Alcohol level above limit
  • Being in charge of a motor vehicle with alcohol level above limit
  • Failing to provide a specimen of breath
  • Failing to provide specimen for analysis (driving or attempting to drive)
  • Failing to provide specimen for analysis (being in charge of a motor vehicle)

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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