More training please

Many motorists believe that extra training is the best way to deal with careless drivers, not simply fines.

A poll of 1900 people by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) shows that only 15 percent believe that fixed penalty notices are effective.

A total of forty percent think careless drivers should have extra training, while a third said that verbal advice from a police office should suffice.

'This poll shows broad support for the government's road safety strategy, but that fixed penalty notices are not popular,' said Simon Best, IAM chief executive. 'The vast majority of crashes are caused by driver error, they are not deliberate - fining drivers is punitive and does not improve driving skills. Driver quality is the key issue in improving road safety. This poll recognises that driving is a skill that needs refreshing and updating. More courses to address poor driving will make our roads safer.'

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