Disclosure Details

Breathalyser results - 604/13

Dated: 19 Aug 2013

Date of request:     05/08/2013

Date of response:   14/08/2013

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 5 August 2013 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

A list of the 10 highest breathalyser readings recorded in the last 12-month period for which figures are available. 

For each of the 10 readings, please give: time and location the test was taken; the exact result of the test; the make and model of the car; the sex and age of the person taking the test; what happened (arrest etc.)

If it should not be possible (for cost reasons) to provide all this information, then I would accept (a) the top five readings, and (b) the last six-month period for which figures are available. 

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Criminal Justice Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

When a road-side screening breath test is taken a numerical result is not given, the result is pass, fail or alert (alcohol present but insufficient quantity to provide a failed test).

A failed road-side screening breath test (among other reasons) would usually lead to a 'CAMIC' evidential breath analysis machine test being carried out, (this is a police station breathalyser). This test is used to record the microgrammes of alcohol in each 100 millilitres of breath, the result of which can be used during court proceedings

We have therefore provided the top ten 'CAMIC'  readings during the 12 month period 06/08/2012 – 05/08/2013.

Please note the time listed is that of the incident which led to the 'CAMIC' procedure being carried out, not of the test itself, and since 'CAMIC' machines are located in police stations the locations refer to the police station.

Please note we have given the ages down to age range.  This will allow us to give a full response as possible without having to apply relevant exemptions to withhold the requested information.

With the above in mind please see the below attached which then answers your query.

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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