Speeding motorists could avoid penalty points by sitting safety course

The RSA is in talks with experts in the UK where the system is already in place

Speeding motorists could avoid penalty points by sitting safety course

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Speeding motorists may be ordered to take part in a safety course instead of receiving penalty points.

New proposals would see first-time offenders undergo an intensive training course on the potential consequences of breaking the speed limit, instead of paying a fine or getting points on their license.

According to The Sunday Independent, the RSA is in talks with experts in the UK where the system is already in place.

Drivers would have to pay for their own instruction programme – typically lasting four hours.

Experts believe that if motorist’s fundamental driving behaviours can be changed, they will be less likely to reoffend.

AA Ireland spokesperson Barry Aldworth said the initiative has proven effective in the UK.

He said it gives drivers an opportunity to “learn why speeding at the lower threshold can be dangerous, while avoiding the ramifications of having penalty points on your licence.”

Currently motorists caught speeding in Ireland face an €80 fine and three penalty points.

Speeders significantly over the limit can be brought to court.

Under the UK system, offenders who break the limit by 15-20kph can avoid a fine and penalty points by choosing to take the education course.