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Speed awareness courses decrease number of drivers re-offending

According to the latest research published as part of Road Safety Week, speed awareness courses are reducing the number of drivers re-offending on Britain’s roads.

A study involving more than 2,000 British adults by vehicle servicing repair company Kwik Fit found that more than half of all people caught speeding (54 per cent) go on to re-offend.

However, for those who went on a speed awareness course, the number of re-offenders fell to (40 per cent).

The data suggests that speed awareness courses are a more effective form of punishment for offenders. Six in 10 (58 per cent) of those who received just a ticking-off by police for breaking the limit went on to speed again, while 55 per cent of those who received three points and a fine were caught reoffending.

Most surprisingly, of those people who received six penalty points and a fine for their offence, 90 per cent went on to be caught speeding again.

Kwik Fit said more education was needed for motorists, of whom 44 per cent have been caught speeding, while a quarter of drivers have committed multiple speeding offences.

Roger Griggs, communications director at Kwik Fit said: “During Road Safety Week it is vital that we all focus on the ways we can improve safety for all road users.

“One of the biggest dangers on our roads is excessive speed, and the findings of this research show that speed awareness courses have a greater impact on drivers’ behaviour than many perceive.

“Of course, while any measure which reduces the number of drivers repeatedly speeding is hugely welcome, we must focus on educating drivers not to speed in the first place – drivers should not need to be caught to be given a wake-up call.”

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Gurjit Singh
As a member of the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme (CLAS), holder of the Higher Rights of Audience (HRA) qualification and duty solicitor for the Coventry area, I regularly represent clients in a wide range of criminal cases, including road traffic offences.

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