Our priority is to reduce road casualties

Good drivers are not those who have become complacent and think they know everything about driving; they are those who appreciate the complexities of driving and continue to refresh their driving skills and learn new things. Driving is an extremely complex task, but as it is something we do often it becomes routine, so we become complacent and stop fully concentrating on it.

Since 2005, Dorset Police has seen education as a pro-active way of dealing with driving offences and has extended its driver training portfolio to provide a range of driver education solutions.

Education is a vital part of the work of Dorset Police to change driver attitudes and make the roads safer. 

Our courses:

Business Driver Education

Business driver education logoDriving for work can bring additional pressures, as we try to keep to busy schedules.  Dorset Police provides education sessions to groups of business drivers, which have been specifically developed for people who drive for work. The sessions cover a range of useful topics, including health and safety legislation, vehicle dynamics and load, observation skills, hazard perception and driver fatigue. Sessions can also be tailored to meet an organisation’s specific needs.

To find out how your organisation can benefit, contact us on 01202 or 01305 227670, email 

To find out more about your responsibilities as an employer, click here >

To download our guide to driving at work, click here >

Community Road Safe Day – SafeWise, Bournemouth

We provide free Community Road Safe sessions in an attempt to improve road safety across the county. Road collisions cause needless, untold suffering and tragedy.

 Community Road Safe is funded directly from Driver Awareness Scheme course payments paid by motorists who break the law and compromise the safety of all road users. The Force is committed to educating the wider driving population, not just those who have already committed an offence.

The content is as follows:

Kwik Fit provide hands on simple car checks, including; checking tyre treads and spotting damage, checking fluid levels, wiper blades and lights. 

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service give an input on how to react when you see an emergency vehicle with blue lights on and what to do if you are first on scene at an accident.

Dorset Police Road Safety Tutors provide a road safety workshop covering general road user information, insights into the ‘Fatal 5‘ reasons why a collision happens and what you can do to prevent it happening to you. 

There is an opportunity to speak with staff about keeping you and your family safe on Dorset’s roads, a free Kwik Fit goody bag and a voucher for each person attending.

If you want to enhance your skills, confidence and safety on the road, book your space by emailing

Dying to Drive

Dying To Drive is a course for young adults who are thinking about learning to drive a car. The presentation is hard hitting and interactive, giving students the chance to talk about experiences and how to reduce risk. The presentation has been designed specifically for the young driver age group and identifies with their attitudes, behaviours and thought processes.

This course is provided to schools and colleges FREE of charge. Other organisations are only required to pay a minimal fee for travel costs.

The presentation is 40 minutes long, it is flexible and can be tailored to meet the needs of the group.

To find out more and to book your place, email


Our 50/50 car is aimed at 15+ age groups. It demonstrates what to look for and what to avoid when buying vehicles.

Dying to Ride

Dying to Ride is a course for young adults who are thinking about learning to ride a moped, motorcycle or scooter. The presentation is interactive and has been designed to educate and inform young motorcycle riders about how to stay safe on the roads.

The presentation is packed with information and advice and covers subjects like the CBT process, the responsibilities of riding on public roads, the risks that riders potentially face on both urban and rural roads, as well as providing helpful tips and advice about safety equipment and accessories.

This course is provided to schools and colleges FREE of charge. Other organisations are only required to pay a minimal fee for travel costs.

The hour long interactive presentation uses a mixture of DVD and PowerPoint material.

To find out more and to book your place, please email

Dorset Road Safe provides general road safety presentations to schools throughout the County for children aged between 3 and 18. The road safety presentations are flexible and can be designed around specific issues affecting your school or college.

  • We concentrate on the basics to ensure the important information is absorbed.
  • We make it clear that to be safe they need to be with a responsible adult and also holding hands at all times.  Also say how important it is to walk on the correct side on the pavement to the left of the adult away from the traffic.  Also walk, don’t run.
  • We also make the point about being seen clearly while walking by wearing some bright clothing preferably a high viz jacket for example and then show by way of demonstration how much clearer they stand out when stood next to someone in dark clothing.
  • We also cover the Green cross code.  Pointing out the safe and unsafe places to cross a road but again making the point how important it is to cross with an adult holding their hand.  We have the use of a set of traffic lights and a zebra crossing which we then use to show the children the safest way to cross a road. This then involves all the children and the staff so it reinforces the point.

This course is provided to schools and colleges FREE of charge. Other organisations are only required to pay a minimal fee for travel costs.

For more information or to book a presentation please email 

The Young Farmers presentation is designed for young people aged 14 to 25 years who work on agricultural land. The presentation is hard hitting and interactive, giving students the chance to talk about experiences as road users and how to reduce risk. There is an emphasis on safety while working on or with agricultural machinery, including quad bikes and tractors.

Fact: A high proportion of young farmers will have more experience than town drivers as they are able to drive a tractor at age 16 and use motorised vehicles on farm land.

Our presentation is flexible and can be tailored to meet the needs of the group.

For more information, to book a presentation or to discuss your requirements, please email us at


BikeSafe is a national police initiative supported by the motorcycle industry (MCIA) and Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). You can be assessed by riders who are passionate about motorcycling and keeping you safe on the road. This is an opportunity to gain some great advice and tips on subjects such as cornering, positioning, overtaking, correct use of gears and hazard perception to name but a few! EVERY rider who has taken the course has improved their skills, making them more confident and safer riders.

Bikesafe Dorset is only offered to riders with a full motorcycle licence and machines 250cc and over – all practical assessments take place on your own bike.

The course is in two parts – the first is a free theory presentation based on Police riding techniques and designed by a Police Riding Instructor.  The second part is an assessed practical ride with a Police Class 1 Motorcyclist. 

The complete course  is currently being offered at the subsidised rate of just £25.00Once you have completed the BikeSafe course you will be issued with a certificate of attendance which may entitle you to a discount on your insurance.

The course includes an Emergency First Aid for bikers presentation, delivered by an intensive care doctor & biker. All our bookings are now dealt with through the National BikeSafe website with the help of the MCIA. 

Find out more about the course here >

Contact the BikeSafe admin team through any of the following methods :

Dorset Police Headquarters

Telephone us on : 01305 227670

Cycling Events on the Highway

If the event is an official race then the organiser requires the authority of the Police to hold such an event - Cycle Racing on Highways Regulations 1960.

There are restrictions imposed by these regulations that necessitate promoters of the race/time trial to give notice of their intention (not less than 28 days) and most time trials are overseen by British Cycling and Cycling Time Trials and have to be registered with them.

The proposed race must meet certain criteria outlined in the regulations e.g. number of competitors and in authorizing the event the Police can “impose such conditions as they may think fit on the holding or conduct of the race so far as it takes place on a public highway"

Many cycling events are not races but "sportives". These do not require authorisation from the Police or Local Highways Authority. Participants should follow the Highway Code and can be prosecuted for any relevant highway offences that may be committed by any cyclist e.g. If a cyclist is on a road (that includes a pavement on a public highway) and is riding dangerously or carelessly, they are committing an offence under sections 28 and 29 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, as amended.

Speed limits only apply to mechanically propelled vehicles, so they do not apply to cyclists. However, a cyclist travelling at excessive speed could commit other road traffic act offences such as outlined above.

Any well run event should have a Traffic Management Plan (TMP) that involves consultation with the Local Highways Authority and will include how the event will be managed e.g. using marshals or stewards. However, the Local Highways Authority cannot prohibit an event taking place.

Police could attend such events for core policing duties but event traffic management is the responsibility of the event organiser who may use marshals or stewards or pay for Special Police Services. Only marshals with suitable accreditation under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme have powers to direct traffic (e.g. temporarily stopping it at a junction).

Actual road closures can only be achieved through a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) issued by the Local Highways Authority and must be suitably managed (i.e. road closure barriers and any marshals operating from behind them).

In relation to events organized specifically by British Cycling, they may use authorised trained marshals with authorised signage who are empowered to direct traffic.

Neither the police, nor the Local Highways Authority have the power to authorise or prohibit a cycling event on the highway (unless an official race as outlined above). However, an event organiser has a duty to ensure the safety of participants and should have public liability insurance.

In the event of a participant or member of the public suffering injury as a result of their event, they leave themselves at risk of prosecution or civil action if they have not liaised or taken heed of advice offered by the Police or Local Highways Authority. E.g. we strongly advise time trials against using major roads and if necessary advise that they are run in the early daylight hours of Sunday morning.

No one involved in a cycling event, either as a participant or in its organisation is exempt from any relevant road traffic or other legislation to which any other member of the public is subject. Should the Police or Local Highways Authority have concerns about a particular event, they may attend and if necessary engage in or commence enforcement activity (commence legal proceedings, issue fixed penalty tickets etc) against the event organiser or participants who contravene any relevant legislation.

Further information regarding events on roads can be obtained from Dorset County Council using the following email address or visiting their website

Advice from British Cycling can be obtained from visiting their website

Our objectives

  • Build knowledge and professionalism
  • Increase awareness and responsibility
  • Promote safe and fuel efficient driving
  • Challenge attitudes and beliefs
  • Reduce risk of harm
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