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Speeding FPNs, Driving Offence Arrests and Road Traffic Collison Attendance 2018-2020

Date of request: October 14, 2020
Reference: 1008/20

Request

The total number of penalties issued for speeding in the area covered by Avon and Somerset police for each month of 2020 so far and each month of 2018 and 2019.

The total number of people arrested for the following offences by Avon and Somerset police for each month of 2020 so far and each month of 2018 and 2019:

  • dangerous driving,
  • driving without due care and attention,
  • causing death by dangerous driving,
  • causing death by careless driving,
  • causing serious injury by driving dangerously

The total number of road traffic accidents attended by Avon and Somerset police for each month of 2020 so far and each month of 2018 and 2019.

 

Response

Please find attached a breakdown of the recorded information we have identified as relevant to your request.

With regards to question one, when a vehicle has been detected driving at excess speed by a speed camera they will receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP). Depending on the severity of the case, the option to go on a speed awareness course or pay a fine and receive penalty points may be included in the NIP. The driver can only receive a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) once the completed NIP has been returned and a decision on the outcome has been made. Therefore the information provided for question one is for the total number of NIP’s that have been issued. 

The attachment has been provided with some redactions applied, as to provide the data in an un-redacted format would identify personal information.

The exemption applicable to this is Section 40(2), third party personal information. This is an Absolute exemption so therefore there is no requirement to conduct a harm or public interest test. Any information is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act if it relates to or is supplied by another individual and disclosure of that information would contravene any of the data protection principles set out in:

(a) Article 5(1) of the GDPR, and

(b) section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018;

Several consequences could occur should we disclose this information in an un-redacted format, for example a member of the public may be able to identify who this information related to. This could result in this member of the public being targeted or being able to identify that there data had been used unlawfully.

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