Drivers who jump red lights could be sent to driving school instead of being fined under road safety plans. The Transport Department said it would finalise details of a driver improvement scheme in the next few months for consultation. It has proposed that a court could, in place of fines and point deductions for drivers committing minor offences, send them to attend courses. Offences such as failing to comply with traffic signals, crossing double white lines, careless driving, not stopping for either school crossing patrol or pedestrians on zebra crossing and speeding at not more than 45km/h above the limit would qualify. The department said each year there were about 22,000 careless driving cases and 200,000 fixed-penalty tickets issued for other minor traffic offences. The course may last between half-a-day or a day, with the offending drivers paying for its cost, which, the department says, must be at least the same as standard fines - about $1,000. 'These courses are really aimed at making drivers more aware of what bad driving is and bringing about a better attitude to one's driving,' Commissioner for Transport Robert Footman said. He expects the new scheme to be introduced next year at the earliest because it would involve changing many areas of the traffic laws. A new operator will take over ferry services between Ma Liu Shui and Tap Mun/Tung Ping Chau, Mirs Bay, from today. Fares for the services will rise from $13 for Tap Mun and $70 for Tung Ping Chau to $16 and $80 respectively.