Drivers avoid speeding penalties up to 86MPH by JohnDotCom

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Drivers avoid speeding penalties

Most of the police forces in England and Wales have signed up to new guidelines that will enable motorists to avoid points on their licence even if they are caught speeding at 86mph, it has emerged. The new framework will allow speeding motorists to pay to complete a speed awareness course instead, if caught at up to 10% above the limit plus 9mph.

So far 37 police forces in England and Wales, now offer the Speed Awareness Courses ACPO, the Association of Chief Police Officers said.

An ACPO spokeswoman explained: "Over recent years, the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads has fallen significantly reducing both the toll of personal tragedy and the cost to the public purse.

"This reduction has been achieved through a combination of improved engineering, enforcement and education.

"The changes were proposed following a consultation with the UK's leading driver academics who helped to develop the National Speed Awareness Course.

"The initial results of an independent research project showed that Speed Awareness Courses were highly effective in improving long-term driver behaviour on the roads. There is no such evidence to suggest that fines or penalty points offer any long-lasting effect."

Previously, only those driving at at 10% over the speed limit plus 6mph were eligible for the course.

A spokesman for road safety charity Brake said: "We think these new guidelines sends out completely the wrong message to drivers.

"Speeding or driving at inappropriate speeds is a factor in a quarter of all road crashes, tearing families and local communities apart on a daily basis."

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Posted 09 Apr 2011, 20:36 #1 

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I personally feel that if someone is caught speeding and then put on the awareness course it may actually be of greater help in reducing speed related incidents on the roads. Education - as in most cases - is more effective than outright punishment. By having the driver contribute though also helps drive (no pun intended!) the message home that it is a punishable offence.

Posted 09 Apr 2011, 20:46 #2 

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Uh ohhh.. I'm not getting into this one.. innit.. :lol: :D :D

Posted 09 Apr 2011, 23:07 #3 

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Having been on one, I think is a pretty good idea. The one's in Hampshire are based on the theory part of the advanced driving test. I did learn a few things that I hope has improved my driving.
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Posted 10 Apr 2011, 06:26 #4