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|Table 3:The average fines given for persons convicted of offences for going through a red traffic light in England and Wales for the years 1997 to 2006( 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)|
|Average fines (£)|
|(1) These data are on the principal offence basis.|
(2) 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 large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
(3) Staffordshire police force were only able to submit sample data for persons proceeded against and convicted in the magistrates courts for the year 2000. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust enough at a detailed level and have been excluded from the table.
(4) Statute: Road Traffic Act 1988 sections 35 and 36. Offence description: Offences connected with bicycles: neglect of traffic directions.
(5) Data from the court proceedings database cannot separately identify offences related to going through a red traffic light from other offences for neglect of traffic directions under the Traffic Act 1988 as they are grouped together.
Court proceedings database held by RDS Office for Criminal Justice ReformMinistry of Justice .
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) males and (b) females have been (i) arrested, (ii) prosecuted and (iii) convicted for using
their mobile telephones while driving since the legislation banning their use while driving was introduced, broken down by (A) age group and (B) police area. 
Available information on prosecutions and convictions in the period from 1 December 2003 to end 2005 (latest available) is provided in the following tables. 2006 data will be available later this year.
The majority of use of hand held mobile phone while driving offences are dealt with under the fixed penalty notices scheme. The fixed penalty notice is intended to be a quick and simple system in giving an offender the opportunity to resolve the matter without attending court. However, failing to pay the amount due within the specified time will result in the non-endorsable £30 fine becoming £45 and being registered as a fine at a local magistrates court. The tables do not include fixed penalty notices but do include cases where fixed penalty notices were originally issued but not paid and subsequently referred to court.
|Table A: Proceedings at magistrates courts and findings of guilt at all courts for the offence of use of hand held mobile phone while driving( 1, 2) males, by age group and police force area, England and Wales, 2003-05( 3)|
|Number of offences|
|Under 18||18 and under 21||21 and under 25||25( 4)|
|Police force area||Proceedings||Findings of guilt||Proceedings||Findings of guilt||Proceedings||Findings of guilt||Proceedings||Findings of guilt|
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