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Money to cut road casualties on offer from Herts police and crime commissioner

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Money is again being offered for schemes aimed at cutting the number of casualties of road crashes in Hertfordshire.

Over the last three years, Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd's Road Safety Fund has given out more than £1m for more than 60 community initiatives to reduce deaths and injuries on the county's 4,000 miles of roads.

Last year, 26 people were killed and 2,881 injured, including 418 with serious injuries. The most vulnerable road users are cyclists, motorcyclists, young people aged 17 to 24 and pensioners.

Herts Police and Crime commissioner David Lloyd (19803677)
Herts Police and Crime commissioner David Lloyd (19803677)

The fund, now in its fourth year, is topped up by court costs and fees paid by motorists attending speed awareness courses.

Mr Lloyd said: "The Road Safety Fund gives local people and organisations a say in developing and designing local solutions to make our roads safer.

"It is funded by people who have transgressed speed limits, but the fund is not about further punishing the motorist but educating them to protect all road users.

"It is not used to fund more speed cameras to raise more money – we are looking for ideas to raise awareness and correct dangerous behaviour."

Mr Lloyd highlighted two ideas from the latest Police and Crime Plan: Lorry Watch, which targets HGVs which are banned from certain smaller roads, and a new speed camera safety van to send out advisory notices at hot spots around the county.

Other projects funded include speed indicator signs in villages and a scheme to support families affected by a fatal accident.

Public sector organisations, voluntary and community groups, parish councils and businesses are eligible to apply.

The Road Safety Fund is now open for bids and will close on Friday, November 8 at midnight. For more details see www.hertscommissioner.org/road-safety-fund.

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