A report conducted by insurer LV shows that the number of speeding convictions has increased by nearly a half in just five years, spurred on by the sharp increase in the number of speed cameras that have hit the roads.
Motorways are the most likely roads for motorists to be caught speeding, and the report also indicates that the number of people attending speeding awareness courses has increased by 91% during the same period and that people attending these courses were much less likely to be convicted a second time when compared to those that were given fines and penalty points, indicating that the courses, which were introduced ten years ago, are a more effective means of stopping people from speeding.
Seed awareness courses were introduced in 2005, and are offered as an alternative to fines and penalty points for some minor traffic offences. They are most commonly handed out for speeding offences but they may also be used in cases where a driver is accused of failing to stop at a red light or for using a mobile phone while behind the wheel.
There are those that claim the courses do not act as an effective deterrent, or that they do not work as a method of re-educating offenders to prevent them from committing similar offences in the future. However, figures obtained by LV show that they could, in fact, be more effective than the traditional fines and penalty points. However, critics of the system say that it is being used as a means to generate cash for the police; a claim that the police deny, stating that the cost of attending such courses is only used to cover administrative fees.
According to the official figures gathered by LV, an average of 55,000 drivers were caught by each police force in 2014, which represents a 43% increase from similar data gathered in 2010. The vast majority of these convictions were made on motorways, making these the most likely roads to be caught committing offences, while an additional survey of 4,000 motorists determined that drivers sent on re-education programmes were 20% less likely to offend again.