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Drivers Choose Education

More drivers opt to attend speed awareness course than paying the fine and accepting the points.

For the first time since the Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership started to offer driver education courses to speeding drivers in 2003, more drivers have attended the Speed Awareness Course in the last year rather than receiving a fine and points on their license.

  08-09 09-10
Fixed Penalty Notices issued 122,053 124,230
Conditional Offers paid 48,399 48,499
Speed Awareness Courses attended* 45,472 53,266

This is a great milestone in terms of improving road safety in Thames Valley as driver education has been proven by independent research to change drivers attitudes to speed, making them up to ten times more likely to prefer lower speeds and as a result the roads can be made safer for all road users.

The Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership has pioneered driver education over punishment and with the success of the Speed Awareness Scheme has developed other driver education courses that target additional aspects of road safety. Putting a focus on key areas such as young drivers, people who are using mobile phones at the wheel and also targeting people who are not wearing seatbelts.

Further details from:

Dan CAMPSALL, Communications Manager
E-mail:  dan.campsall@saferroads.org

Stephen Brown, chairman of the TVSRP strategy committee sees these new figures as a great move forward with driver attitude and helping to create a safer road network.

“The recent figures show for the first time that more speed offenders are attending driver education over receiving a fine, which is excellent news. These courses are proven to change driver behaviour, making them less likely to reoffend and put others at risk.”

The Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership is committed to reducing road casualties, and believe that enforcement and education are working together to have a powerful effect

Speaking for Thames Valley Police, Claire Benson, Head of Specialist Units commented

Driver education has become a really important follow-up to enforcement. Our aim is to educate rather than alienate drivers and therefore allow them to have a better understanding of why and how their direct actions behind the wheel can affect the safety of themselves and others “

Independent research conducted by Universities in Uppsala, Sweden and Reading, England have both demonstrated the powerful, positive effects of driver education, which can reduce reoffending rates by up to 60% and improve drivers’ attitudes towards safe speeds and lower limits.

*Includes young drivers (17-24 yrs) who would have attended a SAS course but attended our Young Drivers Scheme instead; this amounted to 5,750 people.

For more information on the Speed Awareness Scheme, please visit  www.thamesvalleysas.com

Information on other Thames Valley driver education schemes is available from the following web pages:

Call Divert:  http://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/rdsafe-roadpol-education-calldivert

Seatbelt Safe:  http://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/rdsafe-roadpol-education-sbs

Young Driver Scheme:  http://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/rdsafe-roadpol-education-yds

Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership

Road death and injury remains an enormous issue on our roads, Thames Valley Police have joined forces with the 9 highway authorities across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire along with the 3 fire & rescue services, the Highways Agency, Crown Prosecution Service and Her Majesty’s Courts Service to take action.

Through the Safer Roads Partnership, dedicated road safety funding is being used to target roadside enforcement and to educate drivers about the dangers and risks involved with a variety of road traffic offences; whilst also raising other road safety issues to groups who are at the greatest risk.

The Partners

Bracknell Forest Borough Council
Buckinghamshire County Council
Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service
Milton Keynes Council
Oxfordshire County Council
Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service
Reading Borough Council
Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service
Slough Borough Council
West Berkshire Council
Wokingham Borough Council
Thames Valley Police
The Crown Prosecution Service
Her Majesty’s Courts
The Highways Agency

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