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Essex drivers sent on speed awareness courses increases by 8,000 in a year

Crime / Sun 22nd Oct 2017 at 11:43am

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THE number of speeding drivers sent on awareness courses in Essex has increased by around 8,000 in the past year.

Police forces can send motorists caught for minor speed offences on awareness courses run under the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS) umbrella, instead of issuing a fine and penalty points.

NDORS courses are provided by private companies on behalf of the police.

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) has now revealed that approximately 50,000 people attended NDORS courses from the county in 2016/17, compared to around 42,000 the year before.

A SERP spokesman said: “We take speeding seriously and that is why, where appropriate, Essex Police offers drivers the option of education on the dangers of speeding at a price that is lower than the equivalent fixed penalty notice they would otherwise receive.

“One simple way to avoid any of these charges is to obey the speed limit.

“More details on road safety education are available on our website at www.saferessexroads.org”

For each person sent on a course, the police force is awarded £35 in cost recovery to cover administration fees which last month rose to £45.

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