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Speed Courses Encouraged by Road Traffic Campaigners

A number of campaign groups are encouraging the Scottish Government to introduce speed awareness courses to reduce the number of speeding offences in Scotland.

Campaigners are hoping that the Scottish Government will introduce a speeding course similar to those seen in the rest of the UK. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland drivers are offered the sessions as an alternative to fixed penalty points and a fine.

Petition to Offer Speeding Courses

Statistics show that in the UK almost 1.2million drivers opted to complete a speed awareness course in 2014 at a cost of £80. The police would take half of the fee as part of the operation. Despite the operation being seen as successful in other parts of the UK, Scottish drivers are not currently offered such a course.

However, a petition has since been launched to try and encourage the Scottish Government to adopt the system seen in the rest of the UK.

John Chapman said: “These courses are available to people who have dropped their vigil on a rare occasion, rather than people who are habitually speeding and have accrued many points on their licence.

“Speed awareness courses are common practice for such people throughout the UK, including in Wales and Northern Ireland.”

According to Mr Chapman, drivers in Scotland are banned from the roads for a longer period of time and are unable to attend a speeding course to imrove their overall driving. As a result he argues that drivers do not truly learn from their mistakes and as a result, are just as likely to succeed.

Following the petition, the campaign has sinced gained popularity with a number of parties in the Scottish Parliament.

Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research at the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said Scotland should “absolutely” introduce the courses.

He added: “The Scottish Government has been looking into this for at least the past two years but they seem to drag their feet a bit and we are not much further forward.

“In England more than one million drivers attend these courses every year and we think it is hugely beneficial to sit drivers down and challenge their behaviour in this way.

“Because it is up to the Procurator Fiscal rather than the police officer by the side of the road to decide whether to prosecute or ticket someone, there are some legal issues that would require to be sorted before these courses could be offered as an alternative to a ticket but those issues can be resolved.

Speeding Offences

Speeding is a contributing factor in a number of accidents and can cause serious injuries. Regardless of how careful you are on the roads, there is always the chance that you could be involved in a serious injury through no fault of your own. If you have been injured in an road traffic accident due to recklessness from another driver, or if the other motorist was speeding, you could be entitled to take legal action.

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If you believe you are entitled to damages following a road traffic accident or if you require legal advice regarding making a personal injury claim, contact our team of expert personal injury lawyers using our online contact form.

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