4513.0 - Criminal Courts, Australia, 2007-08 Quality Declaration
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/02/2009
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Traffic offences up 13% in a year: ABS
The number of defendants in the Magistrates' Court for vehicle or traffic offences went up by 13% in 2007/08, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Vehicle or traffic offences represented nearly half (45%) the 565,800 adjudicated defendants finalised in the Magistrates' Courts in 2007/08; 33% were for driving licence offences, 25% for exceeding the prescribed content of alcohol and 12% for speeding - increases of 20%, 4% and 16% on the previous year respectively.
Nearly a third of defendants (29%) with traffic offences were aged under 25, while people over 45 were more likely to be charged with speeding than those under 25 (19% and 8% respectively).
Men accounted for three times as many defendants charged with road traffic offences than women.
Overall, vehicle or traffic offences have risen by 25% over the last five years, with the largest increase being for driving licence offences which have more than doubled (up 61%) in that time.
Other findings from the Courts include:
In the Higher Courts:
In the Children's Courts:
Further information is in Criminal Courts, Australia (cat. no. 4513.0), available for free download.
Media Note: Adjudicated refers to defendants finalised based on a judgement or decision by the courts as to a person's guilt of the charges laid against them. Offences relate to a defendants most serious charge.
When reporting on ABS data, please attribute either the Australian Bureau of Statistics or ABS as the source.
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