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FPNs for Driving Offences (1227A/20)

Request

I am making this request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I am attempting to find which areas suffer the most from driving offences in the UK.

My questions are as follows:

1.) How many Fixed Penalty Notices has your police force handed out in 2019 and 2020 for:

  1. exceeding the speed limit?
  2. using a handheld mobile phone while driving a vehicle?
  3. driving without insurance?
  4. driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs?
  5. disobeying parking regulations?

2.) How many accidents have there been for the year 2019 and 2020?

Response

Please find our response below and note the following with regard to FPN data:

  • We are unable to provide FPN figures for driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs as this is not a fixed penalty offence. Additionally, parking offences are dealt with by the local authority, however, in order to assist we have provided figures for unnecessary obstruction offences.
  • Mobile phone offences were higher in 2019 compared to 2020; this is as a result of the appeal case DPP v Barreto which clarified evidential requirements concerning mobile phone offences. Consequently, where there is insufficient evidence for mobile phone offences, a ticket may be issued for the alternative offence of driving not in a position to be in proper control, which we have provided data for below.

1.) How many Fixed Penalty Notices has your police force handed out in 2019 and 2020 for:

FPNS 2019 2020
Speeding 66,047 72,517
Mobile Phone 1,072 353
Not in proper control 209 644
No Insurance 2,367 2,653
Unnecessary Obstruction 3,069 2,245

2.) How many accidents have there been for the year 2019 and 2020?

2019 – 10,166

2020 – 6,658*

*There is a backlog of cases to be logged on our Crash database, therefore the 2020 figures are not currently up-to-date.

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.

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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