Paying price for driving course

I'M a 57 year old grandmother of eight and my children call me a Sunday driver.

Yet at the end of November I was picked up by a speed camera and convicted of travelling at 35mph in a 30mph area, hardly joyriding (my family are still laughing).

I was offered a place on a Speed Awareness Course, at a cost of 72. This would prevent me getting a fine and three points on my licence.

I booked to go on the course but unfortunately fell ill two days prior to attending and couldn't go.

My daughter rang to explain and was told if I obtained a doctor's certificate I would be able to book another date. I did this, but at a further cost of 26, making it a total of 98.

I now wish I had taken the fine and points as by the time I've taken time off work to go it will have been a very costly mistake. As well as being penalised for being ill (how inconvenient of me) I'm left wondering where the incentive is to attend these courses. Oh and of course I'm quite a bit poorer.

C Marsh

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