Safety training courses could replace penalty points

Penalty points could be replaced by a safety training course for some speeding drivers.

Motorists caught driving marginally over the speed limit for the first time, may be forced to take an educational course instead of getting penalty points.

Under the new proposals drivers would have to pay for their instruction programme which involves learning about the potential consequences of driving too fast.

The RSA is in talks with experts in the UK where a similar system is already in place.

Barry Aldworth of AA Ireland, says it affords people an opportunity to change their behaviour: