Road Rage (11092/19)

Request

Under the freedom of information act, I would like to know the following. Please break down the figures by year, for the past five years.

  • How many road rage incidents have been reported in your area?
  • And of those, how many have gone to court?
  • Can you tell us if the culprits were male or female? If so, what percentage is higher?
  • How many incidents of road rage end in a prosecution or conviction?

Response

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).

I am unable to suggest any practical way in which your request may be modified in order to satisfy your query or bring it within the 18 hours stipulated by the Regulations. I am however willing to consider any refinements that you are able to make to your request, in accordance with Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act.  If you would like to look into refining your request please contact me.

REASON FOR DECISION

Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).  In order to locate and retrieve any relevant information we would need to conduct a key word search of incident logs and then manually review them to confirm their relevance, this would be assuming that the incident contained the words ‘road’ and ‘rage’, this search would not capture any other logs that may be relevant but where those specific search terms have not been used.

West Midlands Police do not hold prosecution or conviction data, for this information you would need to contact Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-courts-and-tribunals-service

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