Speeding drivers offered chance
24 February 2007 | 07:23


MOTORISTS caught speeding in Suffolk are being offered the chance to avoid a fine and three points on their license for the first time.

The county's first speed awareness was held at Claydon, near Ipswich, on Thursday as part of a move to educate drivers about the dangers of excessive speed.

The police initiative is being offered to motorists caught narrowly breaking the speed in 30mph zones.

Martin Barnes-Smith, chief inspector of Suffolk Constabulary's traffic police, said: “The aim of the course is to modify the behaviour of people who speed and to help drivers develop a personal speed awareness strategy so as to avoid future lapses.

“Reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured in road collisions is one of the key priorities we are focusing on in order to make Suffolk's roads safer for everyone.”

In cases where a motorist is caught just over the speed limit in a 30mph zone, they may be offered the chance to carry out a £105 course. If they refuse, they will be given the three penalty points on their license and a £60 fine, or face a possible court appearance.

Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council's portfolio holder for road safety, said: “We believe education is often more beneficial than prosecution and, as part of Suffolk County Council's casualty reduction programme, such courses are seen as a positive contribution and underpin our existing partnership working.”

The course aims to provide an opportunity for drivers to receive help and advice by exploring the possible reasons why they and others have exceeded speed limits. It includes theory and practical workshops.