Speeding fines fund driving courses
Speeding charges are being used to try and educate the next generation of motorists to make Britain's road a safer place to drive, according to a report.
'WiseDrive - Drive for Life' is an awareness course for younger drivers and is fully-funded by £10,000 worth of charges coughed up by speeding motorists who have sat a speed awareness course to avoid going through the courts.
Despite the scheme being deemed a resounding success since its launch in 2001, it had been under threat due to funding issues and was reportedly on the verge of being scrapped last year.
Ros Pluck, traffic management and casualty reduction manager for Durham and Cleveland's joint specialist operations unit, said: "It's really good news we are now able to use that money to educate the drivers of tomorrow."
The award-winning programme was started after research claimed that 17 to 25-year-olds were involved in 40% of all road traffic accidents in the UK, despite making up only a tenth of all licence holders in the UK.
Workshops have already been rolled out to educate more than 12,000 15 to 16-year-olds in the UK, with hard-hitting talk accompanying explicit images to hammer home the consequences of reckless driving, while other sessions allow under-age drivers to get behind the wheel under professional supervision.
published: 19/09/2012 17:00:02