Offence related courses

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If you are eligible, Dorset Police have now developed an online Driver Awareness Scheme Course.  The course will be a two hour webinar (web seminar) where you will be in a virtual classroom with other participants and two course tutors, there will also be a workbook that you will receive with your course invite which needs to be completed prior to the course.

To be able to participant you will need the following;

  • A computer or tablet with webcam and microphone capability
  • A good internet connection
  • A quiet room away from distractions during the course

If you would like to take part in a webinar course and have received an offer of a course, please contact the Driver Awareness Scheme office on 01202 227670.

Quotes

Quotes from people who have participated in a DAS Webinar;

‘I wanted to write to thank you for a really good course. It was well run and I, and the others present were all engaged. I certainly learnt some new things and I think the others did too. I have taken a look at the materials that were put out after the course. They, and the pre-course materials were all very good’.

‘The course was well presented by staff and was both informative and useful. It will contribute to making me a safer’.

‘As with most people (I guess), I wasn't looking forward to doing the course and saw it as a necessary evil because I'd got caught doing something wrong, but I'm actually really pleased I was offered the opportunity to do it. It's made me think and reflect on my own behaviour and driving; I learnt a lot and will definitely be more aware going forward. I'd definitely recommend it to people as an additional option when learning to drive or a quick refresher course’.

 

The Driver Awareness Scheme

The Driver Awareness Scheme (DAS) is a classroom-based course, delivered by highly qualified and experienced Road Safety professionals. Participants on the course are people who have been detected committing a road traffic offence on Dorset’s roads. They have been offered the education course as an alternative to a fixed penalty.

The DAS course explores where most casualties occur and why? What influences the way people drive and provides coping strategies and action planning techniques to assist individuals reduce their risk on the road.

The course also covers other general barriers that can stop people driving safely e.g. distractions, and contains material to help participants deal with these. It also provides an opportunity for drivers to refresh their observation and hazard perception skills through a range of interactive techniques.

The DAS course is also open to anyone keen to reduce their risk on the road. If you’d like to come along and benefit from the expert tuition and advice, email driverawareness@dorset.pnn.police.uk or call the DAS admin office on 01202 227670, to find out more and book your place.

Courses are available to attend in various locations in Dorset including Bournemouth, Poole, Blandford and Weymouth and last for three hours. Currently we are unable to offer our course outside of Dorset.

Each course is run by two tutors and is a mixture of group discussion and coping strategies that will enable participants to explore what influences their decision making when using the road.

 

Course Centres


Frequently Asked Questions

If you are eligible to take part in the Driver Awareness Scheme then you will be contacted by the administration team.


If you have received a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP), you should respond in accordance with the notice guidelines. Upon receipt of the NIP, a decision is made for Dorset Police by the Driver Awareness Scheme office as to whether a course can be offered to the named driver. This decision is final and mitigation cannot be considered.

Each course is run by two tutors and is a mixture of group discussion and coping strategies that will enable participants to explore what influences their decision making when using the road.


It does not involve a written test, driving test or role play. However, the course aims to be interactive between participants and tutors. To successfully complete the course you will be expected to participate fully. The course usually lasts three hours. There is a break in the session.

Lunch is not included, however there is a break in the session for tea / coffee / cold drinks.

Childcare is not available.

No. The Driver Awareness course is offered as an alternative to the Conditional Offer. Provided all conditions are met, the penalty points will not be applied.

We will endeavour to assist. Please indicate clearly on the form that you receive what your needs are.

The table below sets out the speed thresholds at which you may be offered a place on the Driver Awareness Scheme (DAS).

Speed Limit

Threshold for DAS

Fixed Penalty

Court Hearing

30mph

36mph to 42mph

43mph to 49mph

50mph +

40mph

47mph to 53mph

54mph to 65mph

66mph +

50mph

58mph to 64mph

65mph to 75mph

76mph +

60mph

69mph to 75mph

76mph to 85mph

86mph +

70mph

80mph to 86mph

87mph to 95mph

96mph +

 

A Red Light Offence is when a vehicle passes through a traffic light after the red light is lit. The following table lists the offence and options:

Seconds Into Red

Process

1 to 1.9 seconds

DAS

2 to 2.9 seconds

Fixed Penalty Notice

Above 3 seconds

Court Hearing

The National Safe & Considerate Driving (SCD)

The Safe and Considerate Driving Course is a two-part course aimed at those drivers who have been involved in a collision without serious consequences, where their driving has amounted to a lapse of concentration or an error of judgement. Part one of the course is conducted in the classroom, followed by a break with part two being conducted on the road under the supervision of a qualified Driving Coach.

The aims and objectives of the National Safe & Considerate course are to help drivers explore their attitudes and perceptions towards safer driving and to identify what puts them at risk. By the end of the course drivers will gain a better understanding of the causes and consequences of collisions and develop an action plan to stay safe on the road.

The course duration is 1 day and this is split into a classroom based theory session in the morning, followed by a practical session in the afternoon.

For more information about the National Safe & Considerate Course please telephone the DAS Admin Office on 01202 227670.

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