Derbyshire Police and the Casualty Reduction Enforcement Support Team (CREST) are providing a new educational course for drivers who commit minor motoring offences.
What’s Driving Us? was launched nationally in April 2012 by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) under the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS).
The scheme allows police to use their discretion and offer drivers who commit less serious road traffic offences the opportunity to attend the course rather than receiving a fine and penalty points.
The course is being offered to motorists in Derbyshire who are caught using a mobile phone while driving or jumping a red light.
The course consists of a three-hour classroom based session which is delivered by specialist Department for Transport approved driving instructors from driving schools in Derby. The course consists of presentations of safety information and group discussion.
Derbyshire Police will be offering the course as an alternative for motorists from the end of September.
Head of Roads Policing Chief Inspector Steve Wilson said: “A high percentage of road traffic collisions have driver error as a contributory factor. Addressing this would have significant benefit on reducing the number of collisions on our roads.
“Re-training rather than punishing motorists will hopefully lead to an improvement in their driving.”
If you would like more information, visit www.driver-improvement.co.uk.