Success of courses on speed awareness

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Speed awareness courses in South Yorkshire do work - that’s the conclusion of independent research published today.

The education courses for speeding drivers, which are held in Catcliffe, Barnsley and Doncaster, have a ‘long-term impact’ on driving behaviour, reveals a new study carried out by Professor Robin Martin from Aston University Business School, Birmingham.

“A speed awareness course does improve people’s attitude and intention not to speed in the future,” said Prof Martin, who headed the 18-month research project.

Chief Inspector Stuart Walne from South Yorkshire Police said: “We welcome the findings of this report. It complements previous research which shows education is the major contributor to achieving better driving, backed up by enforcement.

“Nationally, figures show exceeding the speed limit and driving too fast for the conditions accounted for 25 per cent of fatalities on the road last year.”