HC Deb 20 May 2002 vol 386 c83W
Mr. Wray

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been given custodial sentences for dangerous driving in the last year for which figures are available; and what the average length of sentence given was. [56268]

Beverley Hughes

Information for 2000 (latest available) is given in the table.

Number of persons given custodial sentences1 for the offence of dangerous driving2 by type of court, England and Wales, 2000
Type of court Total immediate custody Average custodial sentence length (months)
Magistrates court3 675 4.5
Crown court 1,063 9.7
All courts 1,738 7.7
1 Includes unsuspended imprisonment, secure training orders, detention in a young offender institution, detention and training orders (from April 2000) and at the Crown court secs 90–92 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 (PCC(S)A00) (sec 53 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 was repealed on 23 August 2000 and its provisions were transferred to secs 90–92 of PCC(S)A00).
2 An offence under the Road Traffic Act 1988 sec 2 as amended by the Road Traffic Act 1991 sec 2. Only persons for which the principal offence falls into this category are counted.
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. These data are robust enough to be included in the table.