Educate or prosecute?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by middleagecyclist, 12 Jul 2012.

  1. Educate

  2. Prosecute

  1. middleagecyclist

    middleagecyclist Call me MAC

    Following my RTC a few weeks back, the police have contacted me today to say they have charged the driver with 'Driving Without Due Care and Attention'. They wanted my thoughts of whether he should undergo a driver training course or be prosecuted. I have already told them my preference but wondered what others would choose and why?
  2. sabian92

    sabian92 Über Member

    Prosecute - the raised insurance premiums and the fact they get a criminal record should teach them enough not to be a dick behind the wheel.
  3. DCLane

    DCLane Found in the Yorkshire hills ...


    Why? I did a Driver Education Course 2 years ago - the people there were mostly not interested but did it to avoid the points. The majority couldn't be bothered learning anything. It was helpful for me. Not the course, but the driving session with an instructor. And no, I've not had a bump since.
  4. ACS

    ACS Guru

    In a perfect system he would be automatically prosecuted and part of his rehabilation would involve an additional period of driver training carried out at the expense of the offender. Sadly its not a perfect world.
  5. ohnovino

    ohnovino Large Member

    I voted for prosecute, but ideally it should be both.
  6. MissTillyFlop

    MissTillyFlop Evil communist dictator, lover of gerbils & Pope.

    Prosecute. It's all very well him going to a class, but will it serve as much of a deterrent as a prosecution? Probably not - money talks.
  7. I say Prosecute. It's easy to sit in a classroom and ignore everything.
    The fear of being caught, and the fear of repercussions is more of an education.
  8. ABikeCam

    ABikeCam Throwing Frazzles at a badger

    Prosecute. As DCLane says, the 'education' is simply to get out of getting the points. I think most people know what is considered poor driving, but they do it anyway for whatever reason, and.everyone's heard the excuses. Hope you're on the mend!
    MissTillyFlop likes this.
  9. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    S Yorks
    I have to admit, I'm kinda torn. I went for prosecute. My motivating factor being similar to whats been said before as regards the attitude of some towards education. However...
    Depends on the severity of the offence
    As with speed awareness courses, they're only offerred to those who've been 'a bit' over the speed limit' They're the ones they believe can be educated, whose attitude needs only a minor adjustment. The 30mph over the limit drivers don't get the offer.
    Education may foster some understanding, and a princely sum for enrolling on the course does the same function as a fine?
    Strick likes this.
  10. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    middleagedcyclist says they were elderly.

    It could be that prosecuting them ends their driving career. Whether that's a good or a bad thing who is to say. Something to consider.
    Strick likes this.
  11. lulubel

    lulubel Über Member

    Malaga, Spain
    If it's a choice of one or the other, I'd say prosecute, which is what I voted for, but like others here, I think it should be a combination of both. Fine, points, and education on how not to get another fine and more points in future.
  12. lulubel

    lulubel Über Member

    Malaga, Spain
    Yes, it could. And if it does, it will be because they're a danger to other road users and shouldn't be driving.
    Bongman likes this.
  13. akb

    akb Über Member

    I'd say prosecute. I know maybe slightly different, but I attended a driver awareness course in May after being caught speeding. Whilst I took a lot out of it, there were plenty of other people who couldnt give a toss about what was being said and were there to avoid points.
    Prosecution should hopefully be a wake up call.

    I am still of the opinion that 'the elderly' should have to re-sit their test or complete a compuslory driving course at a certain age OR after driving for a certain amount of time. The majority are a nuisance on the road IMHO.
  14. gaz

    gaz Cycle Camera TV

    South Croydon
    If the incident was of such a level that the driver can be prosecuted, then they should be.
  15. StuartG

    StuartG slower but further

    SE London
    The bottom line is to improve driving behaviour not revenge. I don't think it should matter a toss what we or the Daily Mail think. If one of these options has a lower recidivist rate then that's the logical one to go for. But which one is it? The stats should say ...
    middleagecyclist and doug like this.
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