Research & reports

Title: Impact Evaluation of the National Speed Awareness Course

Organisation: Department for Transport
Date uploaded: 29th May 2018
Date published/launched: May 2018

This report shows that drivers who take a speed awareness course are as much as 23% less likely to reoffend in the six months after a first offence, compared to those who accept the fine and points.

The study carried out by IPSOS Mori and the University of Leeds used speed offending data made available by 13 police forces in England for the period from 2012 to 2017.

Data was provided for 2.2m drivers, of whom 1.4m had opted to participate in the National Speed Awareness Course (NSAC).

The study found that drivers who attend the NSAC are between 12-23% less likely to reoffend within six months of committing their first offence a figure which drops to 9-17% within 12 months, 9-11% within the first two-years, and 6-13% within three years.

The NSAC is offered to motorists who commit low level speeding offences as an alternative to a fine and three points on their licence. In 2017, 1,195,356 offenders attended the course, which costs 100.

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