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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 September 2005, 18:34 GMT 19:34 UK
Speeding drivers offered training
Training courses are designed to alter attitudes towards speeding
Drivers travelling marginally over the 30mph limit are to be offered a training course rather than receiving points on their licences.

Designed to improve driving skills, attitude and behaviour, the interactive workshops will initially be offered at centres in Morpeth and Sunderland.

The courses cost 65, and replace the 60 fixed fine and three penalty points on the licence.

However, they are not open to those who break the speed limit by a wide margin.

The sessions are run on behalf of Northumbria Police by DriveTech (UK) and those taking part are encouraged to alter their attitude towards speeding based on driving psychology, behaviour and profiles.

They will highlight stopping distances, explore the driver's attitude towards speed and risk taking, investigate the anatomy and consequences of a crash, and discuss crash statistics.

Supt Eric Mock said: "This is a sensible way of dealing with motorists and motorcyclists who are marginally over the limit, rather than automatically giving three points for what can often be a minor indiscretion on behalf of the driver."

Ray King, from Northumbria Safety Camera Partnership, said: "Very few of us drive with the intention of blatantly disregarding speed limits, but we could all benefit from an extra reminder of our responsibilities as drivers from time to time."

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