National Speed Awareness Scheme

Speed 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, but within the parameters deemed suitable by Staffordshire Police. Staffordshire County Council's Road Safety & Sustainable Travel Unit, in conjunction with the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership, provides Speed Awareness Courses throughout Staffordshire.

Drivers who are eligible for a Speed Awareness 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 Speed Awareness 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.

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Course Venues 

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

Business Innovation Centre Map

Heath House, Cheadle Road, Uttoxeter, ST14 7BY

Heath House Map

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust HQ, Wolseley Bridge, Stafford, ST17 0YA

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust HQ Map

Port Vale Football Club,  Vale Park, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 1AW 

Port Vale Football Club Map

Westport Lake Visitor Centre, Westport Lake Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 4RZ  

Westport Lake Visitor Centre

Forest of Mercia Innovation Centre (Chasewater), Chasewater Country Park, Pool Road, Brownhills, Staffordshire, WS8 7NL

Forest of Mercia Innovation Centre 

Course Availability

Courses are available at a variety of times throughout the week, including a limited number of evening and Saturday courses. The table below is an indication of the current course scheduling (subject to change):

Course Duration

Each course is of four hours duration. There are two refreshment breaks scheduled but food is not provided.

Weekday Course Times

Venue

08:30 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 17:30

Business Innovation Centre (Stafford)

08:30 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 17:30

Heath House (Uttoxeter)

08:30 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 17:30

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust HQ
08:30 - 12:30, 10:45 - 14:45, 13:30 - 17:30 & 16:00 - 20:00 Port Vale Football Club (Burslem)

08:30 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 17:30           

Westport Lake Visitor Centre (Stoke-on-Trent)

08:30 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 17:30

Forest of Mercia Innovation Centre (Chasewater)

Saturday Course Times

Venue

08:30 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 17:30

Business Innovation Centre (Stafford)

08:30 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 17:30

Heath House (Uttoxeter)

09:00 - 13:00 Westport Lake Visitor Centre (Stoke-on-Trent)

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 standard as laid down by the Association of Police Chief Officers (ACPO)

Course Aim

The overall aim of the course is to explore and challenge the reasons why people exceed speed limits and to help drivers develop a personal speed awareness strategy so as to avoid future lapses leading to misuse of speed.

Course Topics

Excuses: An opportunity for you to explore the reasons behind why we tend to depart from 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.

Speed limits: An opportunity to refresh your knowledge of speed limit rules and how to identify a limit when you've missed the sign.

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.

Recognition and appropriate use of speed: You will be shown four short video clips, each showing different road and traffic conditions. The presenter will discuss various aspects of hazard awareness and situations that need a consideration towards 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 summarize the course and answer any of your questions. 

Not sure whether to accept the offer of a course?

The Speed 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 Staffordshire Speed Awareness Course currently costs £80 (a £2.50 booking fee may apply to payments made by card).

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

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 together with a course booking form. Complete the form, enclose payment and post to the address on the form, or better still, book a course of your choice online.

Been offered a course and want to take it elsewhere in the country?

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You will need your driving licence number to log in once you have located a course supplier and a course you would like to attend, you will need to contact the course supplier direct; you cannot make a booking via this website.

Testimonials:

'An excellent course that has really made me think about the need to keep to speed limits'.

'I thought I was going to be lectured to. The course leaders were really friendly and professional. So glad I didn't take the penalty points and the fine'.

'I'm much better now at recognising different speed limit areas'.

'Has given me so much more confidence with my driving, especially with reading the road ahead and avoiding potentially dangerous situations'.

'It was nothing like I expected, thought it was going to be a test, it wasn't, in fact it was an enjoyable and informative course'.

'An excellent opportunity to refresh ones speed skills, I would recommend it to everyone'.

'Thought the room was going to be full of boy racers. I soon realised, it's just ordinary people, just like me'.

'Really didn't want to come, so glad I did'.

Further information

Should you have any further questions about this scheme, please contact:

Speed Awareness Administrator

Staffordshire County Council, Road Safety Unit, PO BOX 3593, Stafford, ST16 9RB.

Tel: 0300 111 8012

e-mail: roadsafety@staffordshire.gov.uk