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Are speed awareness courses just a money-making racket?

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Are speed awareness courses just a money-making racket?

Years since the speed awareness course was launched in England and new figures reveal road deaths have more than halved in that time. But many drivers nabbed at a few miles per hour over the limit feel they are driving safely and the victims of a "money-making" racket. I was one of them.

When I was caught doing 35mph in a 30 zone and had to pay 88 to go on the course, I was fuming. But after three hours in the classroom my attitude had changed.

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This topic was suggested by a guest so I thought I'd have a look and see if other people think that these courses are all about making money.  It certainly looks that way.  Personally I've neen on a couple of them and found them beneficial and I think they are better than just simply getting penalty points.

What do you think?


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Stick float

Stick float

Iv'e just been on a speed awereness course. What the instructor taught was from the book of rules and regs with lots more logical things we should all know as drivers. But in the real world these courses have as much impact as a snowballs chance in hell. I suppose the money might go to good causes but my instinct is that someone is making a mint.
Stick float
9th Aug 17 09:08

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GOM, Couldn't resist posting after all this time. Nice to see you are not one of those brainwashed into believing Speed courses are having a benificial effect. I have two retired traffic policemen in our golf circle, they have now revealed these courses are a complete sham and have little if any on road safety. As they say, "When running in the herd, you keep up, or you get trappled on". Try sticking to 30 mph in the rush hour and see what the tail angry back behind you is like.
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3rd Aug 17 01:08

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grumpyoldwoman

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The GOM had to go on one of these once, he said it was politically correct rubbish. They are just there to make money, as are many speed limits these days. Fortunately I've never been caught!

I break one of the local speed limits nearly every time I get in my car as most of them where I live are set too low. The road between where we live and the nearest town used to be 60mph, a few years ago it was reduced to 40mph for no reason that I can see. It was quite safe at 60mph on some stretches in the good conditions, and of course still is.

The only accident I have ever been at fault in was where I clipped someone's bumper in a car park. Somebody drove into me once (his fault, he paid my excess) and somebody else drove into my car once when it was parked under a streetlight, and I wasn't in it at the time.
Most accidents are like these, occurring at low speeds.

When I learned to drive, just over 40 years ago, I learned to drive to the conditions of weather, the road and amount of traffic. Mind you, back then the speed limits were fairly sensible. Since then they have been lowered considerably even though cars now are much better at handling and stopping. Nonsense!
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2nd Aug 17 02:08

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Speed awarness courses, nice little earner for themselves, the Police and Government. The agencies have no intention of cutting out speeding. The Government has cut back on the Police budget, so speeding fines are the answer to subsidise the lose of income.
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2nd Aug 17 12:08

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Snooper user.

Snooper user.

I was caught doing 36 mph in a 30 posted limit, Guilty as charged. The speed awareness people could not get me onto a course for eight weeks as they were that busy in all areas around my location. YET, it only took them three days to get into my bank account, say no more.
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31st Jul 17 03:07

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