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Dangerous Driving Cases (07/11/2016) (R014511)

Thank you for your request dated 11 October 2016 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the undernoted information:

“For the 2015/16 financial year (or alternatively 2015 + 2016-to-date, depending how data is collated), please provide details of:

a) The total number of careless driving charges brought in Scotland

     - of these, how many cases were dropped prior to court proceedings beginning?

     -  how many of those which proceeded to court resulted in a conviction?

b) The total number of ‘causing death by careless driving’ charges brought in Scotland

     - how many of these cases ended in a conviction?

     - please supply a list of the penalties/sentences passed in relation to each conviction

c) The total number of dangerous driving charges brought in Scotland

   - of these, how many cases were dropped prior to court proceedings beginning

  - how many of those which proceeded to court resulted in a conviction

d) The total number of ‘causing death by dangerous driving’ charges brought in Scotland

  - how many of these cases ended in a conviction?

  - please supply a list of the penalties/sentences passed in relation to each conviction”

Please be aware that the information provided in the following response relates to charges reported to COPFS and is accurate as at 11 October 2016.  Information on the number of charges brought should be held by Police Scotland and I attach a link to the relevant page of their website should you wish to make enquiry with them:  http://www.scotland.police.uk/access-to-information/freedom-of-information/

a) The total number of careless driving charges brought in Scotland

of these, how many cases were dropped prior to court proceedings beginning?

how many of those which proceeded to court resulted in a conviction?

A total of 6,023 charges of careless driving were reported to COPFS in the FY 2015/16.  No action was taken in 917 of those charges.  Of the charges which have proceeded to Court, convictions have been obtained in 2,234 of those charges.  Please be aware that a large number of prosecutions will still be ongoing.

b) The total number of ‘causing death by careless driving’ charges brought in Scotland

how many of these cases ended in a conviction?

please supply a list of the penalties/sentences passed in relation to each conviction

A total of 25 charges of causing death by careless driving were reported to COPFS in the FY 2015/16.  Of those charges in which Court proceedings have subsequently concluded, 11 convictions have been obtained.  Please be aware that a number of prosecutions will still be ongoing.

c) The total number of dangerous driving charges brought in Scotland

of these, how many cases were dropped prior to court proceedings beginning

how many of those which proceeded to court resulted in a conviction

A total of 2,593 charges of dangerous driving were reported to COPFS in the FY 2015/16.  No action was taken in 79 of those charges.  Of the charges which have proceeded to Court, convictions have been obtained in 1,391 of those charges.  Please be aware that a large number of prosecutions will still be ongoing.

d) The total number of ‘causing death by dangerous driving’ charges brought in Scotland

how many of these cases ended in a conviction?

please supply a list of the penalties/sentences passed in relation to each conviction”

A total of 16 charges of causing death by dangerous drivingwere reported to COPFS in the FY 2015/16.  Of those charges in which Court proceedings have subsequently concluded, 4 convictions have been obtained.  Please be aware that a number of prosecutions will still be ongoing.

I attach at Annex A a table showing the sentences imposed in relation to the convictions obtained in the death by careless driving and death by dangerous driving charges.


Dangerous Driving R014511 Annex A.pdf