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Commissioner welcomes findings of Department for Transport investigation into speed awareness courses

PCC Alison Hernandez, road safety lead for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), has welcomed today’s publication by the Department of Transport of research into the effectiveness of speed awareness courses in changing driver behaviour. 

Commissioner welcomes findings of Department for Transport investigation into speed awareness courses

The Department for Transport has today (14 May) published an impact evaluation of the National Speed Awareness Course which may be offered by the police to low-level speeders in lieu of a fine and penalty points.

Results of the evaluation indicate that participation in the National Speed Awareness Course has a larger effect in reducing speed reoffending than the penalty points and fine associated with Fixed Penalty Notices and the impact of the course is still felt up to three years following the initial participation. 

Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Alison Hernandez said, “Road safety is a priority for Police and Crime Commissioners. 

"It is one of the key issues raised by the public and accidents on our roads have a significant impact on individuals, families, communities and our economy.

“Speed remains one of the major causes of death and serious injury on our roads and if we are serious about keeping people safe we need to make sure we effectively tackle excessive speed. 

"If we want to improve driver behaviour and safety on a long term basis we need to have robust enforcement of speed limits as a way of educating people to drive safely.

“Today’s publication of the research carried out by IPSOS MORI highlights the contribution that speed awareness courses can play in improving driver behaviour and compliance over the three year period covered by the study.  

"As the national APCC Lead for Road Safety, I will be working closely with my colleagues across policing to consider the report’s findings in detail over the coming weeks.”

Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for Roads Policing said, “I welcome today's report which suggests that attending speed awareness courses can have some beneficial effects on driver behaviour and road safety and I will be looking at its findings in detail. 

The full report can be found here