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National motorway awareness course

National motorway awareness courses are available as an alternative to prosecution under the fixed penalty system for those drivers who have been detected exceeding the posted speed limit on a motorway, but within the parameters deemed suitable by Staffordshire Police. Staffordshire County Council's Road Safety Team, in conjunction with the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership, provides Driver Education Courses throughout Staffordshire.

Drivers who are eligible for a Course will be notified in writing by the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership following the issue of a Notice of Intended Prosecution.

Drivers cannot self refer to this scheme nor can they attend a course if they have attended a course within the last three years.

Road Safety professionals agree that education is more beneficial than prosecution and as part of Staffordshire County Council's casualty reduction programme, such courses are seen as having made a positive contribution since they were first introduced in 2002.

Course Venue 

Business Innovation Centre, Staffordshire Technology Park, Beaconside, Stafford, ST18 0AR

Map: Business Innovation Centre Map (161 KB)

Course Availability
Courses are available at a variety of times throughout the week, 

Course Duration
Each course is three hours and forty five minutes duration, including refreshment break 

Course Format
The Staffordshire course is an in-class theory only course. There is no practical driving element nor are there any written tests to pass. The course adheres to the national model as laid down by NDORS

Course Aim
Is to provide facts about the SMART Motorway network and how to use SMART Motorways safely.

Course Topics 

Excuses: An opportunity for you to explore the reasons behind why we do not adhere to the posted speed limits.

What causes you to speed: This section allows you to explore and record some of the reasons why you may speed.

Consequences: You are asked to think of the consequences of either speeding or driving at inappropriate speeds and record your thoughts. A sobering section, and for most, probably the first time you will consider speeding as having personal consequences!

So what are you going to do: This section prompts you to plan a strategy, often a very simple one, in order that you do not speed in the future, thus avoiding being in a position where your personal consequences become a reality. 

Coping strategy: You will be introduced to the concept of COAST - Concentration, Observation, Anticipation, Space and Time and how to link this to defensive driving. 

Looking and seeing: An interesting exercise that demonstrates that we look but often don't see! 

Motorcyclists: These are among our more vulnerable of road users and can be difficult to spot. This section aims to raise awareness of the issues associated with blind spots and speed issues with powered two wheelers. 

Why Speed Matters: : An opportunity to refresh your knowledge of speed limit rules on the SMART Motorway 

Hazard perception: During this section and working in small groups, you are first asked to examine four different driving scenes. You then record your findings, based upon your observations, as to what you think the speed limit is, what hazards you have identified and then suggest appropriate action and speeds for dealing with each hazard. A thought provoking exercise aimed at enhancing driver's powers of observation and anticipation and the ability to determine an appropriate speed

Attitudes and beliefs: Most drivers admit that speeding is an issue; however, not many of us will admit to speeding ourselves. This session aims to explore and challenge the concept of what we say and what we do are actually very different. 

Implementation Intentions: This gives you the opportunity to reflect on your own driving and make a personal commitment towards making a positive change in your driving via a simple but personal pledge. 

Recap and Conclusion: The course presenter will summarise the course and answer any of your questions. 

Not sure whether to accept the offer of a course? 

The National Motorway Awareness Course is designed and delivered by Road Safety Officers and Driving Instructors. There is no Police involvement and attendees can expect a friendly welcome. The approach is relaxed but delivered to a high standard of professionalism. There is no test to pass, no driving to do and above all, you will be treated with respect and not that of a 'naughty' driver. All we ask is that you attend with an open mind and be prepared to listen to the advice of road safety professionals. As with any course, you get out what you put in! 

Course costs 

The National Motorway Awareness Course currently costs £85.00. 

Remember, if you are eligible and elect to take the Course, you do not have to pay the fine and penalty points won't be applied to your licence. 

If you decide not to take the course option, under the terms of your insurance policy you are required to notify them of any prosecutions. It is not uncommon for insurance costs to rise at a rate of £50 per penalty point for a period of up to five years. 

Booking your place on a course 

If you are eligible, you will receive a letter from the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership advising you how to book the course. 

The best way to book is online, you will be able to see a list of courses and choose the one most suitable.

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