Hampshire Constabulary opt for Northgate’s innovative speed awareness service

Hemel Hempstead,, (PresseBox) - Northgate Information Solutions, a leading provider of services to the public sector and utilities markets, today announces that it is has been selected by Hampshire Constabulary to provide a pioneering managed service – the first of its kind in the UK - for the force’s Safety Awareness scheme.

Northgate, working in partnership with specialist provider, DriveTech (UK) plc, will provide Hampshire with an end-to-end managed Driver Training Course Administration service designed to support the reduction of serious injury and deaths on Hampshire roads.

Drivers caught committing an offence covered by the scheme will be automatically offered a Safety Awareness Scheme course or receive a fixed penalty notice. Those who elect to go on the Safety Awareness course will benefit from a one day course led by the force. The course is designed to heighten driver awareness of the dangers of speeding to themselves and their families, as well as the consequences of speeding on the wider community. Northgate will manage the allocation and payment of course places and ensure that full and accurate records can be accessed by the force.

Hampshire Constabulary will benefit from:

- additional resources and enhanced services for educating motorists, designed to support its Safer Road strategy;
- more time to focus on targeting police activity and providing an intelligence-led patrol focus to tackle road safety issues, in line with the National Intelligence Model;
- improved efficiency and less paperwork as a result of streamlining central ticketing office processes;
- secure management of records, including all correspondence, course offers and attendance, to ensure that drivers have their penalty notice reinstated if they do not complete the course;
- a cost-effective solution based on variable fees according to the number of courses delivered.

Superintendent Mark Bradford who heads up Hampshire Constabulary’s Roads Policing Unit said today: "We are committed to the reduction of serious injuries and deaths on Hampshire’s roads and are proud that we have taken the steps to become the first force to use this innovative managed service. We believe that heightened motorist awareness will lead to a reduction of offences in Hampshire saving us further time in reduced enforcement.

"At 35mph you are twice as likely to kill someone as you are at 30mph and we need to ensure that regular speeders are made aware of this fact. The Northgate managed service will support us in providing motorists with the education that they need to take more responsibility for their safety on our roads."

Ian Blackhurst, Managing Director of Criminal Justice & Public Safety at Northgate Information Solutions, added: "Pilot studies around the UK have shown that the courses, which tackle drivers’ attitudes to speed, have been successful in reducing re-offending. We are delighted to be working with Hampshire Constabulary to support the effective and efficient management of their Speed Awareness scheme and to promote the importance of road safety in delivering community well being for all the people in Hampshire."

Northgate Information Solutions plc

Northgate Information Solutions is a market leader in providing specialist software, outsourcing and information technology (IT) services to the global human resources and UK local government, education and public safety markets.

Northgate, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange, employs over 6,000 staff and operates in 46 countries across 5 continents.

Northgate has approximately 4,500 large/medium customers and approximately 10,500 small to medium enterprise (SME) customers worldwide. Northgate delivers Human Resources solutions to many of the world s largest organisations, as well as working with 90% of the UK local authorities and all of the UK s regional police forces.

Northgate Education, Northgate s specialist Education division, is a leading provider of managed services and solutions in the UK. It provides technology services to over 1,200 schools, with more than 350,000 teachers and learners successfully supported by the company. Northgate provides services to every school in Northern Ireland through C2k, the largest and most comprehensive e-learning initiative ever implemented in the UK. It also provides Information and Communication Technology (ICT) managed services to Bristol City Council and Leicester City Council as part of the government's Building Schools for the Future Programme (BSF) and to over 150 education sites in Hartlepool, from primary schools through to further education. In January 2007, Northgate was awarded an ISO 20000-1 accreditation by the British Standards Institution, for provision of IT service management activities.

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