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Majority want fines for drivers who speed, use mobiles and don't wear seat belts to be increased to pay for more investment in road safety

Fines for drivers who break the law should be increased to pay for road safety improvements, say Hertfordshire residents.

More than 10,000 people in the county responded to a survey by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) which attracted 66,000 replies nationally.

Locally, over two-thirds (70%) reported seeing traffic offences, such as speeding or using a mobile phone, on a daily or weekly basis. The same proportion want fixed penalty notices (FPNs) for speeding and not wearing a seat belt doubled to £200.

Herts Police and Crime Commissioner by the A10 (42639416)
Herts Police and Crime Commissioner by the A10 (42639416)

Nine out of ten respondents wanted money raised through FPNs to be reinvested in enforcement and road safety measures to deny criminals use of the roads.

Presently, money from speed camera fines goes to central government for general expenditure rather than directly to police.

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) David Lloyd said: “It's clear that people want tougher action taken against speeders, mobile phone users and those who don’t wear seat belts.

"They also want more money reinvested from fines to make further improvements to road safety.

“Road safety is a major concern to everyone in both urban and rural areas. This [survey] was an opportunity to ensure people worked with my office, and other commissioners across the country, to ensure the Department for Transport (DfT) heard their views."

The survey, the largest ever conducted by the APCC, will be used to influence a DfT consultation on roads policing which closed this week.

New DfT figures show that 1,752 people were killed in road accidents in Britain last year. Of these, 287 were children or young people.

Although a 2% drop on the previous year, the number of fatalities has remained broadly similar since 2010, which followed a period of substantial reductions in casualties.

PCCs across the country are working with the Government through the Roads Policing Review to increase enforcement of road traffic laws.

More traffic enforcement also tackles other crimes on the roads, such as human, drug and weapons trafficking and other serious offences.

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