Driver Awareness Courses

The Driver Awareness Scheme

Driver Awareness SchemeThe Driver Awareness Scheme (DAS) is a classroom-based course, delivered by trained driving instructors and road safety professionals. Participants on the course are people who have been detected committing a road traffic offence on Dorset’s roads. They have been offered the education course as an alternative to a fixed penalty.

It uses a range of interactive techniques to ensure the course is engaging for participants.

As well as examining the consequences of excess and inappropriate speed, the course also provides an opportunity for drivers to refresh their observation and hazard perception skills.

The DAS course is also open to anyone keen to improve their driver education. If you’d like to come along and benefit from the expert tuition and advice, email driverawareness@dorset.pnn.police.uk or call the DAS admin office on 01305 227670, to find out more and book your place.

Courses are available to attend in Bournemouth, Poole, Blandford and Weymouth and last for three hours. Currently we are unable to offer our course outside of Dorset. 

Please refer to the information below for help when completing your Notice of Intended Prosecution form. If you require more information, please refer to the relevant Guidance Document at the bottom of this page. If you still have any queries please contact the Central Ticket Office on (01305) 227549

Aim: To create safer, more responsible and considerate road users that will contribute to reducing risks.

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 safety.

The DAS 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 participants.

Frequently Asked Questions?

If you are eligible to take part in the Driver Awareness Scheme then you will be contacted by the administration team.


If you have received a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP), you should respond in accordance with the notice guidelines. Upon receipt of the NIP, a decision is made for Dorset Police by the Driver Awareness Scheme office as to whether a course can be offered to the named driver. This decision is final and mitigation cannot be considered.

Each course is run by two tutors, and is a mixture of discussion and information looking at participants’ attitudes to speed and driving.


It does not involve a written test, driving test or role play. However, the course aims to be interactive between participants and tutors. To successfully complete the course you will be expected to participate fully. The course usually lasts three hours. There is a break in the session.

Lunch is not included, however there is a break in the session for tea / coffee / cold drinks.

Childcare is not available.

No. The Driver Awareness course is offered as an alternative to the Conditional Offer. Provided all conditions are met, the penalty points will not be applied.

We will endeavour to assist. Please indicate clearly on the form that you receive what your needs are.

The table below sets out the speed thresholds at which you may be offered a place on the Driver Awareness Scheme (DAS).

Speed Limit

Threshold for DAS

Fixed Penalty

Court Hearing

30mph

36mph to 42mph

43mph to 49mph

50mph +

40mph

47mph to 53mph

54mph to 65mph

66mph +

50mph

58mph to 64mph

65mph to 75mph

76mph +

60mph

69mph to 75mph

76mph to 85mph

86mph +

70mph

80mph to 86mph

87mph to 95mph

96mph +

A Red Light Offence is when a vehicle passes through a traffic light after the red light is lit. The following table lists the offence and options:

Seconds Into Red

Process

1 to 1.9 seconds

DAS

2 to 2.9 seconds

Fixed Penalty Notice

Above 3 seconds

Court Hearing

 

The National Driver Alertness Course (NDAC)

NDAC is a national scheme which may be offered to people who have been involved in a road traffic incident and where evidence collated by the Police suggests they have been driving without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration to other road users.

The aims and objectives of the National Driver Alertness Course are to help drivers explore their attitudes and perceptions towards safer driving and to identify what puts them at risk. By the end of the course drivers will gain a better understanding of the causes and consequences of collisions and develop an action plan to stay safe on the road.

The course duration is 1 day and this is split into a classroom based theory session in the morning, followed by a practical session in the afternoon.

For more information about the National Driver Alertness Course please telephone the DAS Admin Office on 01305 227670.

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