The AA has called on drivers to be educated rather than criminalised by increasing awareness courses.
Speaking to European road police at the Tispol European Road Safety Conference, the AA’s president Edmund King said educating drivers, riders and pedestrians about road safety risks would have more effect than heavy handed prosecutions.
King argued that improvements to vehicle safety and the road network had helped keep casualties down but that all road users had a vital role to play as ‘human error’ or ‘failed to look’ were factors in the majority of crashes.
He said: “The UK has taken the lead in trying to re-educate errant drivers. We believe that education is more effective than prosecution as it produces converts rather than criminals. The fact that almost 90% of those that have been on a speed awareness course would recommend it is a great endorsement.”