Since it began in 2005, the Driver Awareness Scheme (DAS) has
continued to grow successfully and now educates in excess of 20,000
drivers each year.
Participants on the course are people who have been detected
committing a road traffic offence on Dorset’s roads.
Education is a key part of the work of Dorset Police to ensure
drivers are safer on the roads and the DAS course offers participants
a whole host of information and advice about safer driving.
As well as examining the consequences of excess and
inappropriate speed, using a mobile phone whilst driving or red
light offences the course also provides an opportunity for drivers
to refresh their observation and hazard perception skills.
Aim: To create safer, more
responsible and considerate road users that will contribute to
Objectives: By the end of the
course drivers should be able to:
- Identify where they are most at risk on the road and why.
- Give examples of what influences driver attitude.
- Explain the consequences of their actions on the road.
- Use strategies for coping with issues related to the above and
how to manage distractions.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the correct use of space for a
variety of hazards.
- Recognise absolute personal responsibility for road
course is classroom-based and is delivered by trained driving
instructors and road safety professionals and uses a range of
interactive techniques to ensure the course is engaging for
Taking part in the Driver Awareness Scheme
If you are eligible to take part in the Driver
Awareness Scheme then you will be contacted by the administration
If you are eligible to take part, you will not
be required to pay a fine or receive penalty points. However, if
offered the course you will be required to pay a fee for attendance
and must respond to the offer within the stipulated timescale.
Named drivers are only permitted to attend one
Driver Awareness course within a three year period. If a driver
subsequently commits a further offence in a three year period, then
that offence will be dealt with via the fixed penalty process (fine
and penalty points). This amendment was made to ensure that
Dorset Police’s policies are in line with the National
If an individual fails to attend the course or
is unable to satisfy the course conditions, then the offence will
be referred to the Dorset Police Central Ticket Office and fixed
penalty conditions will apply.
The DAS course is also open to
participants who haven’t received a fixed penalty notice but are
keen to improve their driver education. If you’d like to come along
and benefit from the expert tuition and advice then contact the
office, on 01305 227670, to find out more and book your place.
Courses are available to attend County wide and last for three
The Education team also provides business
driver education and can visit individual organisations to deliver
expert advice to drivers. To find out more, contact 01305
more information about the Driver Awareness Scheme on the Dorset
Road Safe website by following this link >
Driver Awareness Scheme (DAS) Speed Thresholds
The table below sets out the speed thresholds
at which you may be offered a place on the Driver Awareness Scheme
Please note that the offer of a
DAS course is a
decision made by the DAS office on behalf of Dorset
Police. Further details can
be found in the DAS Terms and Conditions by following this link
||36mph - 42mph
||47mph - 53mph
||58mph - 64mph
||69mph - 75mph
||80mph - 86mph
Red Light Offences
|1 to 1.9 seconds
|2 to 2.9 seconds
||Fixed Penalty Notice
|Above 3 seconds
Other offences which may be
recommended for the Driver Awareness Scheme are listed
|Using a Mobile Phone while driving
|Driving a vehicle while not in proper control
|Driving a vehicle without proper view
|Exceeding a temporary speed restriction
|Exceeding a Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) speed restriction
|Exceeding a Passenger Carrying Vehicles (PCV) 50mph speed
|Exceeding a speed limit in an LGV/PCV
|Contravening a Red Traffic sign at a junction
|Contravening a stop/give way sign (Major Road Only)
|Contravening Double White Lines
|Contravening an Auto Level Crossing
|Contravening a Red Traffic Sign at a level crossing
|Contravening a Red Traffic Sign at road works
|Contravening a traffic sign
|Stopping within the approach to a Zebra/Pelican/Puffin
|Stopping within the limits of a Zebra/Pelican/Puffin
|Failing to accord precedent to a pedestrian at a crossing
|Failing to comply with a red signal at a Pelican crossing
|Overtaking a moving/stationary vehicle at a crossing