PCC releases £183k to improve Road Safety measures in Herts
Over 20 road safety initiatives in Hertfordshire have been given the green light following success in the latest round of bids for the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Road Safety Fund. Bids totalling over £183,000 have been approved by the Strategic Road Safety Partnership from local communities and groups in Hertfordshire to assess and manage road safety issues in their area.
These approved bids are the latest in over 50 applications to the £1.3m fund to date, a fund ring-fenced by Commissioner David Lloyd to be reinvested specifically into road safety activity across the county. Applications  vary from enforcement measures such as fixed Speed Indication Devices (SIDs), signage and educational schemes to wider support for victims and their families of  road collisions.

Successful bids from the first round include £75,000 secured by the Road Victims Trust to help support the needs of families and individuals who are bereaved or otherwise affected by a sudden, violent and traumatic fatal road collision in Hertfordshire.
Welwyn Hatfield Community Housing Trust have been given the go ahead to run a one day workshop to help build an understanding of road safety issues and antisocial behaviour.  St Albans Community Safety Partnership Joint Action Group will use their £4,500 fund for local cycling safety and support, via purchasing LED lights to distribute and community awareness and education via funding for Safety Days and Community Engagement stalls across the district.
Harpenden Town Council will move ahead with a number of ‘soft’ traffic speed reduction measures relating to traffic speeds, road safety and mobile phone use both in schools and the wider community. In Three Rivers, the fund will support the production of wheelie bin stickers to encourage support of the 30ph speed limit.
An approximate sum totalling £71,000 has been allocated to install Solar powered Speed Indication Devices at recommended sites in Welwyn’s Singler’s Marsh, the East Herts village of Watton at Stone, King’s Langley, Tring, Gravel Path and Little Gaddesden in Berkhamsted, Oxhey in Watford and a school in Brookmans Park.
Hertfordshire Constabulary have secured £3,851for various in-force initiatives including funding for the Roads Policing Unit to fund tyre tread indicators, clip on lights for cyclists and disposable breathalysers for drivers specifically for assessing their capabilities the morning after. A portion of the funding will also maintain the ‘crash car ‘– an educational simulation experience in road safety as part of Hertfordshire County Council’s Learn to Live Programme.  
In cases such as Albury Parish Council, St John’s School and Digswell Resident’s Association, Hertford Heath Parish Council and Roebuck and Marymead Residents Group, funds have been granted to commission a  feasibility survey to identify suitable solutions to improve speed compliance.The news follows recent announcement of the first successful bid to the Commissioner’s Road Safety Fund for mobile speed cameras to be deployed on the A10 in Broxbourne to tackle illegal racing and anti-social driving.

Commissioner Lloyd welcomes the progression of yet more bids dedicated to improving road safety in Hertfordshire. He said: “After a fantastic influx of bids to the fund, work now can really begin on making our county’s roads safer. Measures put in place by the Road Safety Fund are there to change driver behaviour and will have the best effect with a long term view in mind. With a number of bids requiring further assessment, we are working closely with local authorities and partners to ensure the Road Safety Fund is the best solution to specific road safety issues being brought to our attention countywide.”

Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Highways at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “I’m delighted that the Hertfordshire Road Safety Partnership has been able to say yes to so many fantastic initiatives. There’s no single answer to making our roads safer and that’s why this wide range of schemes will be so important. We’ve been very successful in reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured on Hertfordshire’s roads and I’m confident that the successful bids will help us continue that trend.”

Asecond round of funding is expected to open late summer. To find out more about the Road Safety Fund visit: http://www.hertscommissioner.org/road-safety-fund. To view results from the first round of funding, click here.