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Speeding drivers sent back to class

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Police in Northern Ireland are looking at a unique alternative to licence points and the higher car insurance premiums that result - sending speeding motorists back to school.

The initiative will see drivers caught driving just over the speed limit offered awareness courses. Those speeding by a large margin will be prosecuted as normal.

The four-hour class, which costs £85, follows a UK-approved syllabus, and is run by DriveTech, a subsidiary of the AA.

Officials are hopeful the move will go some way to tackling the region's high accident rate, which has killed 112 people in 2008, and 18 so far this year.

Assistant Chief Constable Duncan McCausland said: "These new diversionary courses will re-educate speeding road users and graphically illustrate the very real dangers and consequences of breaking the speed limit."

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