DRIVER training courses for offenders in Kirklees have received a top award.
The National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS) won an award in The Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards, which recognises achievements and innovations that will improve road safety.
Kirklees Council offers three National Driver Offender Re-training courses under a contract awarded by West Yorkshire Police.
The courses cover speed awareness for drivers caught speeding and driver alertness for drivers involved in a collision.
They aim to change driver behaviour and attitude towards driving.
Clr Cathy Scott, Cabinet member for Kirklees Streetscene, said: “Driver training is a valuable tool in making our streets safer for all road users by offering re-training to drivers who may have broken the law and hopefully making them less likely to re-offend and put others in danger.’’
In West Yorkshire 46,000 people attended speed awareness courses in 2011/12.
Kirklees Council ran 484 courses last year, which is around eight every week.
Motorists are offered driver training in some circumstances after receiving a fixed penalty notice. Those satisfactorily completing the course do not have points added to their driving licence.