News comes through that there are now speed awareness courses for those caught speeding in 20mph areas. Drivers speeding between 24 and 31mph can now be required to attend the 4 hour 20mph Speed Awareness Courses at 8 venues across Avon and Somerset, South Wales, North Wales and Gwent Police Authorities.

This follows the adoption by the Police and Crime Commissioner of Road Safety as an additional priority (we prefer a Road Danger Reduction approach). The police are actively seeking to set up more Community Speedwatch schemes and their CSW June Newsletter is attached with details about how to contact them Community SpeedWatch June 2015 Newsletter.

We have heard reports that this new course is highly effective at making the case and changing minds on why 20mph is such a good idea in residential and retail areas. We do wonder if those opposing Bristol’s innovative city-wide adoption of 20mph might be offered places, without the need to get caught speeding first.

Top tip from the course (yes, we know someone who’s been on it)? Never go above 3rd gear when in towns. The sound of the engine naturally keeps your speed down.