Commissioner's million pound Road Safety Fund
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has announced plans for a new £1million Road Safety Fund for Hertfordshire.
The money comes largely from fines imposed on speeding motorists and it will be strictly ring-fenced so it can only be spent on road safety projects and road victims in the county.
The Commissioner said: “This is another example of my ‘offender pays’ strategy in action. For the first time, people will be able to see exactly how the money raised from those who flout the law is being reinvested into local road safety activity.
“While offenders pay for the danger they pose when they commit a driving offence, their fines will go directly to fund nominated schemes and initiatives designed to make our roads safer and to help road victims.”
The fund will operate from April 2016 and it is intended that it will available to support a wide variety of schemes including speed reduction and traffic calming initiatives, prevention and educational campaigns, local safety improvements and supporting victims.
The Commissioner is aiming to work closely with the Hertfordshire Road Safety Partnership in making sure the fund is spent as effectively as possible and will be used for new initiatives rather than replacing existing funding.
Commissioner Lloyd added: “Speeding and anti-social driving are amongst the concerns most frequently raised with me. We are tackling inconsiderate and dangerous drivers through enforcement but there is more we can do through education and prevention. I believe this new fund, paid for by offenders, can play an important part in supporting those measures.”
Last year 3,690 people injured in crashes in Hertfordshire and 34 people killed. Offender Pays is a key part of the Police and Crime Plan Everybody’s Business (2015-2020).
The Hertfordshire Road Safety partnership is currently made up of representatives from Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertfordshire County Council, the Highways Agency and Road Victims Trust.