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Driver offender courses broadened

21 January 2018

The RAC Foundation has reported that more than 1.4 million drivers attended offender retraining courses in 2017.

This was the highest number on record and almost a million more than attended in 2010, the first year courses were offered.

The vast majority of offenders were sent on the national speed awareness course – 1,195,356. A further 92,386 people completed the What’s Driving Us? course. In total there are now nine courses available that, at their discretion, police can send drivers on.

Introduced in 2017 were the national Motorway Speed Awareness Course and the National Motorway Course.

Commenting on the data, Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said:

“The emergence of so many courses partly reflects the increasing complexity of the road network and rise in restrictions drivers now face.''

The National Offender Retraining Scheme is considered to be a most effective way of reducing risk. It won the Premier Prince Michael International Road safety Award in 2012.

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