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Safety element of speed awareness courses 'should be valued'

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Drivers who attend speed awareness courses after being found guilty of breaking the speed limit should be acknowledged by car insurance providers, the AA has argued.

Research by the organisation found at least one insurer raises premiums for drivers who take the option of attending a course, in the same way that it increases costs for those who accept a fine and three-point penalty.

The body has urged the insurance industry to recognise motorists that take responsibility for their actions and actively seek to be safer on the road, with director Simon Douglas stating insurers have a "moral responsibility to encourage drivers to take actions that will reduce their risk of causing accidents".

He added there is "considerable evidence" that speed awareness courses - which are typically offered to drivers who commit minor offences - help to change driver attitudes and "make them less likely to re-offend or claim".

The courses are a popular option with drivers, as 85 per cent of respondents to an AA/Populus poll agreed they should be offered to motorists, however only 34 per cent stated they are suitable for those who have committed serious offences.ADNFCR-2576-ID-801491541-ADNFCR

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