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First Road Safety Fund bid approved
A successful bid to the Commissioner’s Road Safety Fund could see the end of illegal racing and anti-social driving on the A10 in Broxbourne.
 
Hertfordshire’s Strategic Road Safety Partnership has given the green light to the proposal by Hertfordshire Constabulary for speed cameras. After successfully applying to the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Road Safety Fund, mobile average speed cameras can now be deployed on the A10.
 
Broxbourne’s Chief Inspector, Dean Patient welcomed the news. He said: “I am delighted that our application for cameras on the A10 has been successful. Anti-social and dangerous drivers misusing this section of the road have caused local residents a great deal of distress and concern for the last couple of years, and have been an additional drain on police resources.
 
“Whilst the issues with anti-social driving on the A10 have reduced over recent months, thanks to local efforts to deal with it, it continues to be a priority and a focus for officers.
 
“The deployment of these cameras will enable the vast majority of motorists, who are driving in a sensible and legal manner, to use the road safely whilst deterring those who are intent on racing and causing distress and danger to others.”
 
The application, totalling £128,262, is the first to be approved under the £1.3 million Road Safety Fund, which uses the surplus income generated from the Camera, Tickets and Collisions Unit over the past two years which has been ring-fenced specifically for reinvestment into road safety activity across Hertfordshire.
 
Launched in October 2015, the Road Safety Fund invites community groups, councillors, community safety partners, and other local organisations to bid for funding to support local road initiatives. Income has been generated from motorists attending speed and safety awareness courses, those ordered to pay court fees following prosecution, over-running roadworks and accident reports. The creation of the fund allows members of the public for the first time to see exactly where surplus income generated primarily from speed enforcement in the county is spent.
 
The Strategic Road Safety Partnership, which includes representatives from Hertfordshire County Council, Highways agency, Fire and Rescue Service and Hertfordshire Constabulary, approved the A10 application at their first meeting in March. The bid was considered alongside all 52 applications submitted during the first round of bidding to the fund. These ranged from significant engineering solutions and a wide variety of education and enforcement initiatives and will be further assessed  These  applicants will be notified as to whether they have been successful over the coming weeks.
 
Dr Amie Birkhamshaw, Head of Policy and Engagement at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner who oversees the management of the fund said: “The volume of bids received to the Road Safety Fund shows that road safety is very important to the public and partners in Hertfordshire. In the first round of funding we received over 50 bids that sought to support a range of activity including: educational and safety campaigns, engineering and enforcement solutions, and support for roads victims and their families.  I am pleased that the Road Safety Fund will help to change drivers’ behaviour on our county’s roads.”
 
A second round of funding to the Road Safety Fund will open soon, with a date to be announced over the coming weeks. To find out more about the Road Safety Fund visit: http://www.hertscommissioner.org/road-safety-fund.