7th February 2000

 

SPEEDING MOTORISTS GO BACK TO THE CLASSROOM

 

Drivers caught speeding on Lincolnshire’s roads are being given the chance to avoid points on their licence by attending a ‘speed seminar’ to be staged at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.

 

The two-hour seminar to be held on Saturday 26th February is the latest in a series organised by Lincolnshire Police - and with up to 180 offending drivers expected to attend it will be by far the biggest yet.

 

As part of the ‘Staying Alive’ campaign to reduce road deaths in the county, Lincolnshire Police offers a choice to motorists who are caught speeding at the lower end of the scale.

 

Instead of paying a £40 fine and having their licence endorsed with three penalty points they can opt for a £20 fine and volunteer to attend the ‘speed seminar’ instead.

 

The seminar will feature talks by a police officer, a LIVES doctor and relatives of those killed in road accidents.

 

“These motorists are not coming for a two-hour lecture telling them how bad they’ve been,” said Inspector Tony Mendham of Lincolnshire Police. “It’s to make them aware of how bad the consequences of driving too fast can be.

 

“We’ve held four or five of these seminars at police headquarters and so far about 150 speeding drivers have attended,” he added. “Using facilities at the university will enable us to cater for much larger numbers, and moving away from the police station environment might also encourage greater participation.”

 

The ‘Staying Alive’ campaign was launched in July last year and will be relaunched this April in an attempt to reduce the number of deaths on Lincolnshire’s roads, which last year reached 104.

 

The ‘speed seminars’ staged by Lincolnshire Police are unique among UK police forces, says Insp Mendham. “If this event is a success we will probably want to stage more of the same at the university in the future.”

 

The seminar will run from 10am until around 12 noon on Saturday 26th February.

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)