Dorset Police Road Safety Costs
Dorset Police – Road safety costs
Road safety in Dorset remains a serious concern for residents and a high priority for Dorset Police and their road safety partners.
Officers issue fixed penalty notices and advice and also provide educational booklets which gives information and guidance on avoiding driving carelessly.
The Dorset Police Driver Awareness Scheme (DAS) was originally introduced in April 2005. Dorset was one of the first places in the country to offer an educational alternative to penalty points. Dorset was also one of the first forces to deliver wider driver awareness training that covered not just speeding but also other road safety risks. Feedback from participants has continued to be overwhelmingly supportive.
Through online and classroom based education, the scheme offers an effective and proportionate alternative for fixed penalty offences and is currently used for speeding, red light and other offences. In order to provide consistency with other national schemes now in operation, the course is only available to drivers who have not already attended a course anywhere in the country within the past three years.
The direct costs of operating the Dorset scheme are fully met by the collection of fees from the participants.
The effects of serious road traffic collisions are far reaching for all involved – the victims, their families, witnesses and also members of the emergency services, who deal with the aftermath of the collision and have to impart terrible news to the families of those involved.
Dorset Police is committed to challenging dangerous behaviour on our roads, and investing money directly from enforcement back into this important area of policing, to save lives.