Commissioner encourages drivers to 'look out for each other' as part of Road Safety Week
This week is Road Safety Week and the Police and Crime Commissioner is supporting the occasion and reminding Hertfordshire residents about ways they can help tackle dangerous or anti-social driving themselves.
The national charity Brake is coordinating the week (from November 17th to 23rd) and asking motorists to ‘Look out for each other’ on the roads, as not considering other road users or pedestrians can lead to a tragedy.
David Lloyd is supporting the week – which is the UK’s biggest road safety event – but is also highlighting how people can make a positive difference to road safety through his Community DriveSafe scheme.
Commissioner Lloyd said: “I have been committed to tackling speeding and anti-social drivers in the county since I was first elected Commissioner and I wholeheartedly support Brake’s campaign.
“It’s not just motorists that use the road – by using public transport, riding a bike or simply as a pedestrian crossing the road, we all use the roads in one way or another.
"With so many people at risk of greater harm if someone speeds or drives carelessly, it is vital that we look out for each other on the roads.”
He added: “If you are concerned about drivers speeding in the area where you live, then there is something you and your like-minded neighbours can do to help.
"My DriveSafe scheme offers groups of volunteers the opportunity to monitor speeding vehicles and so making drivers more aware of the speed they are travelling at and the danger that represents.”
DriveSafe was set up by the Commissioner in April last year to allow anyone in Hertfordshire who has concerns about speeding in their area to tackle the issue themselves.
It requires ten or more residents or local businesses to sign a petition expressing concern about motorists speeding in a particular location and at least three people to volunteer to actively run it.
The road must already have a 30mph limit for safety reasons. If your road has a 40mph limit or above, please contact your Safer Neighbourhood Team.
A police officer will assess the road for a suitable and safe location and the fully-trained volunteers will be issued with high-visibility jackets and roadside warning signs.
They are trained by police officers on how to use speed detection equipment and to monitor the speed of vehicles.
They use a Speed Indicator Display Sign (SID) to tell motorists what speeds they were travelling.
A smiling face indicates an acceptable speed, within the limit, and a sad face means the driver is going too fast and can expect a warning letter. Repeat offenders will be visited by a police officer about the offence.
You can access your own online petition via the Police and Crime Commissioner’s website or you can request one by ringing the Commissioner’s office on 01707 806100