Dangerous drivers’ fines fund new road safety scheme

David Lloyd, police and crime commissioner for Herts
David Lloyd, police and crime commissioner for Herts

Dangerous drivers across the county are set to help make local roads safer, after a new scheme was created using the proceeds of their fines.

The £1million Road Safety Fund has been created by the Police and Crime Commissioner, who oversees policing across Hertfordshire.

This cash, which will largely come from fines imposed on speeding motorists, will be spent on schemes such as speed
reduction and traffic calming initiatives, prevention and educational campaigns, and local safety improvements.

Commissioner David Lloyd said: “Speeding and anti-social driving are amongst the concerns most frequently raised with me.

“We are tackling inconsiderate and dangerous drivers through enforcement but there is more we can do through education and prevention.

“I believe this new fund, paid for by offenders, can play an important part in supporting those measures.”

Last year 3,690 people were injured in collisions across Hertfordshire, while 34 people were killed.

The scheme is a part of the commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan Everybody’s Business plan for the next five years, and will take effect from April.

Mr Lloyd added: “This is another example of my ‘offender pays’ strategy in action.

“For the first time, people will be able to see exactly how the money raised from those who flout the law is being 
reinvested into local road safety activity.

“While offenders pay for the danger they pose when they commit a driving offence, their fines will go directly to fund nominated schemes and initiatives designed to make our roads safer and to help road victims.”

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