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The Speed Awareness Scheme

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What is the Speed Awareness Scheme?

Devon & Cornwall Constabulary has introduced a Speed Awareness Scheme to educate drivers and riders about the dangers of driving at both excessive and inappropriate speeds.

The Scheme aims to support a number of projects in Devon and Cornwall already focused on reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads.

What does the course cover?

  • Your responsibility as a driver or rider
  • Your responsibility to other road users
  • Your perception of speed and other hazards
  • Understanding speed limits
  • Consequences of both excessive and inappropriate speed

The course is designed to:

  • Highlight a driver’s responsibility for the speed of their vehicle, and the safety of other road users
  • Address what causes people to speed and understand the consequences
  • Provide information in order to educate drivers about road safety issues
  • Increase driver awareness of the potential hazards on the road
  • Increase knowledge and understanding of how to deal with potentially dangerous situations

On successful completion of the course, participants will have an increased awareness of road safety issues. Similar road safety schemes have proven to be effective in other parts of the country and participants are able to apply these skills in their everyday driving.

Who can attend a Speed Awareness course?

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From October 2005, drivers who are detected speeding in Devon and Cornwall, whose offences fall within the criteria, will be offered the option of attending a Speed Awareness course as an alternative to the Fixed Penalty process (three penalty points and a £100 fine).

Named drivers are only permitted to attend one Speed Awareness course within a three-year period. If a named driver subsequently commits a further speeding offence, then that offence will be dealt with via the Fixed Penalty or Court process.

Drivers attending the course will not be required to pay the fine or receive penalty points provided the course is successfully completed. However, those offered the Speed Awareness course will be required to pay a course fee of £85.

If an individual fails to attend the course or is unable to satisfy the course conditions, the offence will be referred to the Devon & Cornwall Safety Camera Unit for processing.

Please read carefully the terms and conditions sent to you by the course provider.

Frequently asked questions

  1. What is involved?
  2. Do I have to take a written test, driving test or take part in any role-plays?
  3. How long does it take?
  4. Do I still get the penalty points on my licence if I complete the course
  5. Is lunch included?
  6. Will I be required to drive as part of this course?
  7. I have special needs - can you accommodate me?

01 What is involved?

Each course is run by experienced tutors, and is a combination of presented information and group discussion, exploring participants’ attitudes to speed and driving.

02 Do I have to take a written test, driving test or take part in any role-plays?

No. However, the course aims to be interactive between participants and tutors.

03 How long does it take?

The course usually lasts 3 hours and 30minutes. There is one break in the session

04 Do I still get the penalty points on my licence if I complete the course

No. The Speed Awareness course is offered as an alternative to the Conditional Offer. Provided all conditions are met, the penalty points will not be applied.

05 Is lunch included?

No. Tea, coffee and cold drinks are available during the break in the session.

06 Will I be required to drive as part of this course?

No. The course is classroom based.

07 I have special needs - can you accommodate me?

We will endeavour to assist. Please contact the office in your area.

Courses are held at the following locations:

For Devon

  • Barnstaple
  • Exeter
  • Newton Abbot
  • Plymouth

For Cornwall

  • Bodmin
  • Launceston
  • Penzance
  • Redruth

For further information please contact:

TTC Group
Hadley Park
Shropshire TF1 6QJ

Telephone 0845 270 4363


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