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Eyesight Accidents (19075/19)


Please could you provide the answer to the following question:

How many road accidents occurred (i.e where individuals were injured / at risk of injury) due to their eye sight / wrong eye prescription (i.e. contact lenses or glasses) between 2009 – 2019?

If the data does not stretch that far back please share results from when they are available. Please break down the figures in an excel file that lists results by month and year.


Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).

Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded (see attached). I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.


Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).  We are only able to provide data from December 2015, this is when the relevant database went live.  In order to locate and retrieve earlier information would require a manual search which would exceed the FOI time limit.

The cost of compliance with the whole of your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12(1) of the FOI Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244.