Almost one million drivers took part in speed awareness courses last year, according to the latest figures.
Data shows that 953,428 drivers chose to undertake the courses rather than receive points on their licence in 2013 compared to 447,724 in 2010 – a rise of around 113%.
Some 772,430 motorists chose the courses instead of points in 2011 and 926,101 in 2012.
Alternative to prosecution
The National Speed Awareness Scheme aims to encourage people to drive at lower speeds by changing their attitudes, which includes showing them the potential consequences associated with speeding.
If, however, a driver commits another speeding offence under the same criteria within three years of the first offence then they will not be offered the option of a second course.
Motorists are required to pay a fee to complete the scheme. While some forces adopt the theory-only element of four hours duration, others add a practical element that takes the course length up to five hours.
“The offer of a speed awareness course is at the discretion of the police,” said Policing Minister Damian Green.
“To be deemed eligible there must be no excessive speed or other offences committed at the same time. Information on previous motoring convictions is not taken into account.”
Road traffic accidents
If you have been injured on the road, you may be eligible to seek personal injury compensation.
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Date Published: April 1, 2014
Author: David Brown