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Driving Offences

Mark Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average (a) fine and (b) custodial sentence was for convictions for motor offences which resulted in (i) injury and (ii) death in the last 10 years. [320162]

Claire Ward: The available information is provided in the following table.


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Average fine and average sentence length for motor offences which resulted in death, 1998 to 2008

1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

404

Causing death by dangerous driving( 1)

Total fined

9

6

4

4

6

1

3

1

2

3

3

Average fine (£)

620.0

1958.3

425.0

562.5

750.0

1200.0

3833.3

300.0

625.0

1250.0

1133.3

Total given immediate custody(4)

169

136

166

193

199

217

221

238

210

214

206

ACSL

38.0

34.3

37.1

39.0

39.2

43.0

44.4

44.8

43.7

44.1

48.8

Total sentenced

203

173

193

226

228

233

241

254

223

233

221

406

Causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs

Total fined

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

1

0

Average fine (£)

200.0

-

-

500.0

-

-

-

1000.0

-

1500.0

-

Total given immediate custody

58

45

49

48

61

58

59

62

64

65

45

ACSL

37.1

41.7

38.3

43.4

40.9

44.0

43.4

42.4

40.8

39.2

46.6

Total sentenced

63

46

53

51

66

60

62

66

65

67

46

408

Causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving( 5)

Total fined

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

4

Average fine (£)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

875.0

Total given immediate custody

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

0

ACSL

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

0

Total sentenced

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

4

409

Causing death by driving - unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured drivers( 6)

Total fined

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

0

Average fine (£)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

0

Total given immediate custody

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

0

ACSL

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

0

Total sentenced

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

0

804

Causing bodily harm by furious driving( 2)

Total fined

3

0

2

0

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

Average fine (£)

650.0

-

400.0

-

250.0

375.0

-

250.0

-

-

-

Total given immediate custody

1

6

5

4

8

5

7

2

4

0

4

ACSL

6.0

7.5

11.6

11.5

8.7

14.4

11.5

11.0

9.5

-

11.2

Total sentenced

9

11

12

7

13

11

13

8

7

5

11

3701

Aggravated taking where, owing to the driving of the vehicle, an accident occurs causing the death of any person( 3)

Total fined

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Average fine (£)

-

-

250.0

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Total given immediate custody

12

3

8

8

8

11

8

8

6

8

4

ACSL

36.6

34.9

36.5

39.0

38.3

42.0

42.7

43.5

42.1

42.1

47.5

Total sentenced

19

7

11

11

11

14

11

23

11

18

4

(1) Road Traffic Act 1988.
(2) Offences against the Person Act 1861.
(3) Theft Act 1968 as added by Aggravated Vehicle-Taking Act 1992.
(4) Excludes life and indeterminate sentences.
(5) 408 Causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving, (Road Traffic Act 1988 s.2B was added by the Road Safety Act 2006) commenced in August 2008.
(6) 409 Causing death by driving: unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured drivers, (Road Traffic Act 1988 S.3ZB was added by the Road Safety Act 2006) commenced in August 2008.
Note:
1. These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.
2. These data have been taken from the Ministry of Justice Court Proceedings database. These data are presented on the principal offence basis. Where an offender has been sentenced for more than one offence the principal offence is the one for which the heaviest sentence was imposed. Where the same sentence has been imposed for two or more offences the principal offence is the one for which the statutory maximum is most severe.

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