The Concept.
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Social Pressure. 

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Introduction.
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'Social Pressure'... can come in many different guises... it can just mean being able to have an affect on a person's behaviour because they care what others might think about them.  It might mean changing a person's behaviour through education.  It could mean making Information available to people who are in 'positions of influence' and are therefore able to persuade someone that it is in their own interests to change their behaviour.
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When these more subtle forms of pressure do not produce results... perhaps it is necessary to be a little more pro-active and force a driver into a period of re-training... or to start applying restrictions on their driving activities.
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When there is still no positive results it might be necessary to fall back on the 'Punishment System'... applying driving bans and financial penalties.
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Ultimately... it means doing whatever it takes to make that person conform to Society's rules... even if that means depriving them of their liberty. 
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'Social Pressure'... can come in many forms... the following is just a very brief outline of some of the things which might have an affect on the way a driver behaved.  For more Information just click [Details] at the top, or bottom of the page. 
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Social Pressure.
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Road Supervisors.   
Possibly one in ten of all drivers... who would become providers of 'High Quality' Information.  Individuals who could be motivated to improve their own driving... could encourage others to behave well by setting a good example... and act as a deterrent to the worst offenders.
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Senior Road Supervisors.  
Possibly one in a hundred of all drivers... who would provide 'High-Quality' and 'Real-Time' Information.  Self-motivated individuals with a pro-active approach to problems on the roads.  Setting a good example... being of assistance to those in difficulties... and giving serious offenders a lot more to worry about than just the odd Police vehicle.
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Probationary Licence.  
This should be viewed as a very distinctive second phase in the learning process.  A 'Full' driving licence is something that should be aimed for... and only earned after a successful probationary period.
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'P' Plate.  
Compulsory use of these plates... making inexperienced and 'high-risk' drivers easy to identify and monitor.  Also a 'badge' that many drivers would feel motivated to get rid of at the earliest possible opportunity... but there would only be one way to do that which would be through an extended period of safe driving.
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Points. 
Every Report would mean one more point on a licence... easy for serious and persistent offenders to accumulate... but also easy to get rid of... a dramatic reduction in points could be achieved in just twelve months.
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Reports.  
Large volumes of detailed Information being made widely available... covering every rule of the road.  Each individual Report would originate from an experienced driver and should give the recipient some 'feedback' about particular offences or bad habits.
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Police Educational 'Inserts'.  
Additional detailed Information from the Experts, included with each Report... relevant to any offences reported: ['originating' from the Police] with 'Tips' explaining good driving techniques... 'Instructions' on any improvements that definitely needed to be carried out... and [depending on the points total and the nature of the offences] 'Warnings' of the possible consequences if the behaviour continued.
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Driver's File.  
Detailing a person's official driving history... including all Reports, Educational Inserts and Warning sent by the Police... appearances before Review Panels or in Court... any courses attended or re-training undertaken... and any accidents they had been involved in. 
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Active Files.  
For those with a high points total... the pressure might start to build in the knowledge that someone would be reading every new Report and some kind of action might be imminent.
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Family.  
Important 'early warnings' for those who really care.  If there was a problem with a family member then the sooner you knew about it the better.  Parents are often in a strong position to influence the behaviour of their children... particularly if they are providing the vehicle... but first they have to be made aware that a problem exists.  May also give an indication that the driving skills of an elderly member of the family are starting to deteriorate.
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Schools: Colleges: Universities. 
Special support groups... targeted at the young and inexperienced drivers who are most at risk... as one way of counteracting the usual peer pressure to take risks and 'rebel'.
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Employers.  
Employees out on the road would know they were being monitored for any signs of trouble.  Employers would be compelled to take action to ensure bad behaviour was brought under control. 
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Potential Employers.  
Having access to some Information about potential employees might make the decision on who to hire that much easier.  Anyone running up a high points total would know they were putting their future prospects of employment at risk.
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Insurance Companies.  
More Information would mean a more accurate assessments of risks could be made... with benefits for safer drivers.  [For those who already consider themselves to be low-risk drivers... especially if you have 4 years No Claims Bonus... try getting a quote online from Privilege Insurance.]
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Review Panels.  
An in-depth analysis of a driver's recent record... the driver having to produce a 'Plan of Action' which would ensure that their high points total would be reduced.  Drivers would know they could be called back again and again, until a significant improvement had been achieved. 
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Police.  
Always on patrol... but even more likely to make an 'Interception', as it would become easier to identify and target serious and persistent offenders. 
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Financial Penalties.  
Nobody likes these... many already exist and do have some effect on a person's behaviour, i.e. higher insurance costs, for 'high-risk' drivers, parking tickets, fines for various traffic offences, etc.
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Courts.  
These are a deterrent, no changes required... their main focus would still remain the establishment of guilt or innocence concerning specific offences... dealing with fines, points, bans and imprisonment.
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Prison. 
Though this deterrent might be a necessity, it is ultimately a measure of failure... a higher rate of 'compliance' to the rules would be far better for everyone.
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Road Supervisors

Senior Road Supervisors  

New Points System

Licences.  

Files. 

Social Pressure

Review Panels

Offences.

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