Road safety funds announced to reduce village speeders and help deaf cyclists
Road safety funding to reduce speeding through villages and also help deaf pupils, motorcyclists and horse riders has been announced.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire has awarded £67,350 towards a range of education and speed cameras across the county.
The Road Safety Fund is financed using the surplus generated from motorists who have committed driving offences and been ordered to pay costs, or from those who have attended speed awareness courses. It is open to groups and organisations who want help reducing road casualties and antisocial road use.
Among the latest round of successful applicants are the Phoenix Group who run safe cycling courses for deaf students. The £4,650 award will pay for additional training and sign language interpreters for 48 pupils from schools in St Albans and Welwyn.
Support for horse riders in North Hertfordshire will be given by Ride Smart courses and high-viz equipment to reduce road casualties with a £3,500 award.
Hertfordshire’s BikeSafe group can now buy a replacement motorbike and other equipment with a grant of £15,000. Run by off-duty officers and instructors from the Constabulary’s Roads Policing Unit they accompany motorcyclists on an observed ride to advise on how to travel safer.
Funding was also allocated for three areas to install measures to address speeding issues, subject to further checks by the County Council. The Safer Gravel Path Action Group in Dacorum have been awarded funding to pay for a ViaCam Speed Camera to be installed on Gravel Path in Berkhamsted.
Another camera is set to be installed on Nettleden Road North after a successful bid by Little Gaddesden Parish Council. Both cameras will collect data on speeding and issue advisory letters to speeders, with repeat offenders getting a visit from a police officer.
In addition, a Speed Indicator Device (SID) was approved in Potten End in Dacorum, after a request from Nettleden and Potten End Parish Council. The device warns drivers they are exceeding the limit and shows them how fast they are going.
Commissioner Mr David Lloyd said; “One of the biggest concerns I hear about regularly from the public is around road safety. This fund is here for that purpose and the range of bids shows the different ways there are of tackling this complex issue.
“When motorists ask where their money goes when they pay costs in court for traffic offences, or for a speed awareness course, this is how it is being spent. It is paying to make the roads safer for all, and those that are at higher risk of being killed or injured.”
Since it was created in 2016 over £1.6m of Road Safety Funding has been awarded to more than 80 projects.