Offence related courses

Some classroom courses are due to restart in October 2021.

Web Courses

Driver Awareness Scheme (DAS) Web Seminar

If you are eligible, Dorset Police have now developed an online Driver Awareness Scheme Course.  The course will be a two hour 15 minute webinar (web seminar) where you will be in a virtual classroom with other participants and two course tutors, there will also be a workbook  link that you will receive with your course invite which must be completed prior to the course and is integral to the disposal and an essential part of the process.

For the British Sign Language workbook version click here

To be able to participant you will need the following;

  • A computer or tablet with webcam and microphone capability
  • A good internet connection
  • A quiet room away from distractions during the course

The objectives for the course are:

  1. Identify where they are most at risk on the road and why.
  2. Give examples of what influences driver attitude.
  3. Explain the consequences of their actions on the road.
  4. Use strategies for coping with issues related to the above and how to manage distractions.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the correct use of space for a variety of hazards.
  6. Recognise absolute personal responsibility for road safety.

For more information on how the webinar works click here

Motorcycle Awareness Programme (MAP)

The Motorcycle Awareness Programme (MAP) is a 2 hours 15 minutes on-line webinar, delivered by highly qualified and experienced Road Safety professionals. Participants on the course are people who have been detected committing a road traffic offence on Dorset’s roads while riding a motorcycle and have been offered the education course as an alternative to a fixed penalty.

The MAP course explores different types of rider and motives to ride and what influences the way people ride. The programme provides coping strategies and action planning techniques to assist individuals reduce their risk on the road.

The programme also covers barriers to riding safely e.g. stress and fatigue, and contains material to help participants deal with these. It also provides an opportunity for riders to refresh their observation and hazard perception techniques, take personal responsibility and set goals.

Before taking part in the MAP webinar you must complete all sections and exercises in a pre-course workbook, in preparation, which takes about an hour. The Workbook will take you through some background learning for the modules that you will cover during the webinar and gives some information about the many human factors that affect your riding abilities.

The MAP is also open to any riders keen to reduce their risk on the road. 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 01202 227670, to find out more and book your place.

Each course is run by two tutors and is a mixture of group discussion and coping strategies that will enable participants to explore what influences their decision making when using the road.

You will also receive the workbook link with your course invite which must be completed prior to the course and is integral to the disposal and an essential part of the process.

To be able to participant you will need the following;

  • A computer or tablet with webcam and microphone capability
  • A good internet connection
  • A quiet room away from distractions during the course

For more information on how the webinar works click here

The webinar courses use a range of interactive techniques to ensure the course is engaging for everyone. We will look at attitude and behaviour and how stress and emotion affects our driver decision making, and ensure we help you to develop your own coping strategies.  Also, helping you to set some personal goals for the future.

If you would like to take part in a webinar course and have received an offer of a course, please contact the Driver Awareness Scheme office on 01202 227670.

Safer Better Driving Course (SBD)

The Safer Better Driving course is aimed at those drivers who have been involved in a collision without serious consequences, where their driving has amounted to a lapse of concentration or an error of judgement.

The course duration is 5 hours webinar based interactive course.

Aim of the course


To provide an understanding of the human factors in driving, to reduce the number of crashes,
severity of injuries and number of fatalities amongst road users.
By the end of the course you should be able to:

1. Understand how you use your eyes when you drive
2. Understand how you process information whilst driving
3. Understand how emotions and motivations affect your driving abilities and risk
4. Understand how biases in the way you think can affect your abilities and risk
5. Describe hazard perception abilities
6. Give examples of strategies, techniques and goals for safer driving

You will receive a link containing a Workbook with your course invite which must be completed prior to the course and is integral to the disposal and an essential part of the process.

To be able to participant you will need the following;

  • A computer or tablet with webcam and microphone capability
  • A good internet connection
  • A quiet room away from distractions during the course

For more information on how the webinar works click here

Classroom Courses

Classroom Information

Joining Instructions for Hamworthy Club

Joining Instructions for St Aldhelms

Aim:

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

Objectives:

By the end of the course clients should be able to:

  • Identify where you are most at risk and why.
  • Recognise the impact of Saccadic Masking on driving.
  • Give examples of what influences driver attitude.
  • Explain the consequences of your actions on the road.
  • Identify coping strategies for reducing driver workload.
  • Recognise absolute personal responsibility for Road Safety.

All information provided on the course is evidenced and sourced.

The course will be delivered with confidence by two Tutors.

Participants will have the opportunity to express themselves during whole group debates and will be Covid compliant; no group tasks or any other methodology that breaches Covid secure measures will be introduced into the presentation.

Methodology will be mostly based on question and answer sessions and facilitation of debate by the tutor supported by the PowerPoint presentation and showing of films.

Duration: 3 hours with a 15 minute break approximately half way through the session.

Course times: 0830 – 1130 & 1300 – 1600.

What people said about the webinar

Quotes

Quotes from people who have participated in a DAS Webinar;

‘I wanted to write to thank you for a really good course. It was well run and I, and the others present were all engaged. I certainly learnt some new things and I think the others did too. I have taken a look at the materials that were put out after the course. They, and the pre-course materials were all very good’.

‘The course was well presented by staff and was both informative and useful. It will contribute to making me a safer’.

‘As with most people (I guess), I wasn't looking forward to doing the course and saw it as a necessary evil because I'd got caught doing something wrong, but I'm actually really pleased I was offered the opportunity to do it. It's made me think and reflect on my own behaviour and driving; I learnt a lot and will definitely be more aware going forward. I'd definitely recommend it to people as an additional option when learning to drive or a quick refresher course’.

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 group discussion and coping strategies that will enable participants to explore what influences their decision making when using the road.


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

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