Road safety funds announced to help older drivers, schools and speeding
Road safety funds to help the elderly, school children and to reduce speeding through villages have been announced by the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

Eight villages around the county are to get money to introduce measures to reduce speeding and make their roads safer.

A county-wide scheme to assess and update the skills of older drivers has received a £5,000 grant from the Commissioner’s Road Safety Fund.

Run by the Hertfordshire Road Safety Fund Partnership it will help drivers who have lost confidence or who have developed bad habits. Up to 100 drivers will be offered free refresher courses, conducted by a national organisation, to encourage resilience, restore confidence and update their skills.

Commissioner Mr David Lloyd said; “There are not enough schemes to support the older driver, so I have approved the county-wide bid to encourage them to have their driving reviewed.”

“I have also approved the potential development of schemes to improve safety outside three schools which have a problem with speeding and inconsiderate driving.

“Finally funding has been granted for another eight Speed Indicator Devices, which will bring the total I have approved since the fund was created in 2016 to over 50 SIDS.”

Funding was also given for the first step of making the roads outside two schools in Woolmer Green and Oaklands, near Welwyn, safer for children and parents.

Bids of £10,000 each were approved to design schemes for Great North Road, outside Oaklands Primary School and London Road, outside St Michaels Woolmer Green Primary School.

A similar amount has been given to Bayford Parish Council, in East Herts, to address speeding and introduce road safety measures in the village.

In addition bids for eight 8 Speed Indicator Devices (SIDs) were approved in Dacorum, Hertsmere and East Herts.

The £8,000 devices warn drivers they are exceeding the limit and show them how fast they are going. The bids are subject to a suitability check by Hertfordshire County Council, and if they are all agreed it will take the number of SIDs installed by the Commissioner to over 50 since the fund began in 2016.

Those granted funding are two each for East Herts Parish Councils in Hunsdon, for approaches on B180; and Little Hadam for the C15 and Albury Road. Shenley Parish Council, in Hertsmere, will get one each for Black Lion Hill and Bell Lane.

There will also be one each for two Parish Council areas in Dacorum with Northchurch proposing to place theirs in New Road and another one for Chipperfield to be put in either Tower Hill, Dunny Lane or Bucks Hill.

In September 2015 Mr Lloyd proposed the Road Safety Fund, setting out his ambition to provide an opportunity to find new or innovative ways of supporting measures that lead to social, environmental and behaviour change.

In 2016 it was established to deal with these issues using new money generated through ‘offender pays,’ specifically the surplus generated from motorists who have committed driving offences and ordered to pay court costs following prosecution or who have attended educational diversionary courses.

The RSF was designed to be responsive to community concerns and needs, giving local people / organisations a say in developing and designing local solutions where a need has been identified, particularly those that may not attract ‘core funding.’

It was agreed that the multi-agency Hertfordshire Road Safety Partnership should be part of the decision making process, since they have the relevant expertise on what works to prevent collisions and casualties, and can oversee and coordinate the commissioning of a range of complementary targeted activity.

Over 70 projects have been awarded roughly £1.4m since 2016.This includes over 45 education / prevention projects including road safety / cycling workshops, education for deaf people and more than 40 Speed Indicator Devices (SIDs).