Motor Accidents and Mobile Phones (2450_17)

Request

• How many motor accidents have there been in your area in the last five years?
• How many motor accidents have there been in your area in the last five years that can be attributed to someone using their mobile phone behind the wheel?
• How many people have been penalised (fined/ points put on license) in your area for using their mobile phone at the wheel?
• How many people of these incidents resulted in injury or fatality?

Response

Please find attached our response.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/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.

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