(1) The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.
(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) Excludes data for Cardiff magistrates' court for April, July and August 2008.
(4) Following the introduction of the LIBRA case management system defendants at magistrates' courts can be recorded as "sex not stated" and have therefore been excluded from these data
Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services - Ministry of Justice.
Table 2 : The number of females proceeded against at magistrates' courts and found guilty at all courts for driving after consuming alcohol or taking drugs, by police force area, England and Wales, 2000 to 2008(1)(2)(3)