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Driver safety awareness system taken up by UK police forces.

Northgate Information Solutions : 09 January, 2008  (New Product)
Northgate continues to roll out its driver safety awareness scheme for reducing instances of dangerous driving.
Northgate Information Solutions announces that a further thirteen police forces are set to tackle dangerous driving through the innovative Safety Awareness Scheme.

Forces including Merseyside, Humberside, Avon & Somerset, Sussex and the Metropolitan Police have signed up for Northgate's Safety Awareness system. This will ensure that drivers caught committing an offence covered by the Safety Awareness Scheme are automatically offered a safety awareness course aimed at reducing re-offending or receive a fixed penalty notice.

Forces will benefit from the ability to:.

* Automatically check the eligibility of offenders for safety awareness courses;
* Electronically store drivers' responses to Safety Awareness course offers and store attendance records from course providers;
* Allow forces to check attendance records for other areas through a link with the DVLA;
* Automatically reinstate the original penalty if a driver does not respond to a course offer or does not attend their course sessions;
* Manage all correspondence and enable direct access to all necessary information.

Avon & Somerset Constabulary and the Metropolitan Police have also opted for Northgate's Enhanced Safety Awareness system, which enables drivers who have committed eligible offences other than speeding, such as running red lights, the chance to attend a Safety Awareness course.

Ian Blackhurst, Managing Director of Criminal Justice & Public Safety at Northgate Public Services said today:

"Education is critical to tackling attitudes to speeding and to reducing the volume of offences which endanger public safety. Research has shown that excess or inappropriate speed is a significant factor in one third of all collisions on our roads. Safety awareness courses are designed to heighten driver awareness of the dangers of speeding to themselves, their families and on the wider community. We are delighted to be working with a further thirteen forces to open up access to safety awareness courses for eligible drivers."
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