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So I got flashed by a camera doing 38 in a 30. My fault entirely as I had a lapse of concentration which we all do from time to time, right? In my humble defence it was almost 1am and no cars or peopl… Read More
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7y, 1w agoPosted 7 years, 1 week ago
So I got flashed by a camera doing 38 in a 30. My fault entirely as I had a lapse of concentration which we all do from time to time, right?
In my humble defence it was almost 1am and no cars or people were about - I'm not trying to wriggle out of it, I accept I'm at fault here.

But I've got to go on a Speed Awareness Course - the nearest which is 40 miles away - and pay £70 for the privilege.

I don't think this is going to make me drive any differently - well maybe for a couple of days or so. I like to think I'm a careful driver and observe the rules of the road - only one crash in 17 years and that was a WVM slamming into me.

Anyone else been on one of these?
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7y, 1w agoPosted 7 years, 1 week ago
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#1
i wish i'd been given the option of a SAC instead of getting three points and a fine for doing less speed than you.

be thankful, go on the course, learn from it (my cousin has been on one and found it very informative and it DID change his driving perceptions and, to some degree, his habits) and move on.
#2
Don't do it, pay the fine and take three points!

You'll be preached at for 3 hours and IF you get caught again (probably won't reading your summary) you get hit with 6 points (the 3 are suspended for a time period)

It's your call, but for me hold your hands up and pay your dues, don't get lectured for 3 hours and pay for the privelage as well.
#3
never done the course, but it will be cheaper then your insurance going up cos of three points wont it
#4
If your are caught speeding again, after your speed awareness course (during a time period specified) your get the points back as well as the new points for the newer offence. FACT!
#5
Take the 3 points if i were you......

3 points don't normally affect your insurance either as somebody has just said.....
The course is - well - preaching to you things of which you clearly already know....
As, like you, I haven't been 'caught' speeding in over 20 years.... I would rather have the points any day.
#6
Oh God - HERE we go.....

FACT!!!
:oops:
Silkybaxbax;8872434
If your are caught speeding again, after your speed awareness course (during a time period specified) your get the points back as well as the new points for the newer offence. FACT!

I wondered how long it would take for this thread to start arguing.....:whistling:
#7
Listen to cloudthecat !!!

He is correct, don't do it!
#8
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#9
I had to attend a SAC after getting caught doing 35 in a 30. I thought it was going to be a waste of my time and it was only going to be full of boy racers (I was 19 at the time btw). But it was in fact full of middle aged men and woman and I found the course really helpful and has in fact changed my driving style.

I always used to do 35 in 30 zones, but after attending the course I only ever do 30mph, the course taught me to drive in 3rd gear instead of 4th to keep the speed down and to stop you from accidentally speeding and not notice, I can now judge my speed purely based on the engine noise.

They also demonstrate the different stopping distances comparing if you speed to if you don't, it is quite shocking what they actually become.

I recommend doing one of the course, it is only 3 hours of your life and £10 more but stops you from getting 3 points.
#10
the course will be will cost you 3hours the points will be on your licence a lot longer that id take the course any day over the points
#11
Silkybaxbax;8872434
If your are caught speeding again, after your speed awareness course (during a time period specified) your get the points back as well as the new points for the newer offence. FACT!


Not fact, that's fiction - if you accept a speed awareness course there are no points suspended or otherwise as it's offered as an alternative to a CoFP. The only consequence of taking a SAC is that you can't do another within a certain period of time.

I think it would be daft not to take the course - while the insurance won't go up much (if at all) for that type of speeding offence, the points count for insurance for five years (three years for totting up, four years on the license). That means if you're caught again within five years that would take you up to six points or more, given this country's approach of plastering speed cameras everywhere it's a reasonable possibility you may get caught again and may not be eligible for an SAC the next time.

John
#12
take the points
#13
Take the course.
#14
garbage456
3 points do not affect your insurance quote


3 points do affect your insurance, My insurance went down when my points expired, Was about £30 on cheaper with out the points.

It may of coarse be different with different insurance companies, I was with Churchil at the time of the quote.

I'd do the course, I hated having a tainted licence.

Next time slow down, Their may be drunks crossing road...!!!
#15
1am is no defence, think of all the young children running loose at that time of night.
banned#16
I remember visiting my folks in Cornwall a couple of years a go and my dad got flashed by a mobile speed camera and pulled over when I was in the passenger seat. He was clearly panicking (don't think they get much action down there) but his first words to the police officer made me go white;

"I wasn't going that fast officer, you want to see the speeds my son does on the way down here!".

Cheers dad!

Do the crime, pay the fine.
#17
I'm glad I had already made up my mind before posting!
Taking the course and paying up is the only sensible option. However much this has irked me having to pay £70 it's better than having points and risking a court appearance (yes, that's what it states in my letter) and prosecution.
#18
splatsplatsplat
1am is no defence, think of all the young children running loose at that time of night.


The area I was travelling through would actually have a very percentage of kids running loose on any given night. Let's just say I always engage the door lock when I go through this area :)
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There is a staggering amount of 'rubbish' information posted by people who don't seem to have a clue what they are talking about.

Firstly, the course is instead of the 3 points. The 3 points are not suspended although as someone states above you are only allowed to go on a course once within a certain period.

Depending on which county you got caught in you can find further information here

http://www.drivetech.co.uk/driveraware/

You dont say if you have points already. If you decide to take the points instead of the course then remember that you are obliged to notify your insurance company. Whether or not they will increase the premium will depend on a number of factors (again its staggering that some people state this wont affect your premium - are they your underwriter?)

I've taken the course and would comment as follows

Plus points
Firstly you're lucky to be offered the course - not everyone is.
You do learn something
You avoid 3 points
You may avoid an increase in your insurance premium

Bad points
Its 3 or 4 hours long (I found the time went quickly)
It still costs £70 to go on the course (you would pay this as a fine anyway)

The course may not stop you speeding but, it will certainly make you think twice about the potential repurcussions should you do so.
#20
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#21
pluves1
There is a staggering amount of 'rubbish' information posted by people who don't seem to have a clue what they are talking about.

Firstly, the course is instead of the 3 points. The 3 points are not suspended although as someone states above you are only allowed to go on a course once within a certain period.

Depending on which county you got caught in you can find further information here

http://www.drivetech.co.uk/driveraware/

You dont say if you have points already. If you decide to take the points instead of the course then remember that you are obliged to notify your insurance company. Whether or not they will increase the premium will depend on a number of factors (again its staggering that some people state this wont affect your premium - are they your underwriter?)

I've taken the course and would comment as follows

Plus points
Firstly you're lucky to be offered the course - not everyone is.
You do learn something
You avoid 3 points
You may avoid an increase in your insurance premium

Bad points
Its 3 or 4 hours long (I found the time went quickly)
It still costs £70 to go on the course (you would pay this as a fine anyway)

The course may not stop you speeding but, it will certainly make you think twice about the potential repurcussions should you do so.


This is the best advice you are going to get on here. I should know :p
#22
The Staffordshire Speed Awareness course costs £60 (£62.50 if paid for by credit/debit card).

Remember, if you are eligible and elect to take the Speed Awareness Course, you do not have to pay the fine, you won't get the penalty points and above all, you don't have to tell your insurance company because the speeding offence is cancelled.

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
#23
Ive missed a speed awareness course which was a genuine
Mistake as i got my dates mixed up. The police have re written to me to fine me and give me 3 points. I paid £70 for the course and want to know if i can re apply for the course again and if i cant how the hell do i get my £70 back????
#24
imi3bfd
Ive missed a speed awareness course which was a genuine
Mistake as i got my dates mixed up. The police have re written to me to fine me and give me 3 points. I paid £70 for the course and want to know if i can re apply for the course again and if i cant how the hell do i get my £70 back????

Say you missed the course as you were driving so slowly to it.
They will see the funny side and let you on the next one.

;)

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