More than 25,000 motorists attended speed awareness courses in Kent and Medway last year as the county’s safety camera partnership stepped up its efforts to educate, rather than prosecute, those who transgress the speed limit.
The Kent & Medway Safety Camera Partnership (KMSCP) says the courses are being offered to more people after research showed that they are more effective than fines or penalty points in improving long-term driver behaviour.
Delivered by Kent County Council Road Safety on behalf of Kent Police, the courses are not an option for those guilty of more serious speeding offences.
Katherine Barrett, KMSCP communications officer, said: “We’re educating not prosecuting, giving motorists a fair chance. Feedback from the courses is hugely positive, with drivers learning potentially life-saving lessons about the dangers of speed and poor driving behaviour.”
Steve Horton, Kent County Council’s road safety team leader, said: “By attending a course, drivers have the chance to take something positive from what could have been a negative experience – prosecution. Drivers who attend may significantly cut their chances of being involved in a crash, and of being caught for the same offence in the next two to three years.”
Chief Inspector Andy Reeves, from Kent Police, said: “The course is not a soft option – motorists can only go on a speed awareness course once every three years and if they are caught speeding again in this time then points and a fine or a court referral will result.”
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