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SAFER ROADS: Community ‘Drive Safe’ scheme trial introduced in Kingswood

 Published on: 18th May 2022   |   By: Siobhan Lansdowne   |   Category: Uncategorized

Kingswood Estate is set to trial a new 20mph Community Drive Safe Scheme on local roads after a petition was brought to the attention of local councillor Tim Williams.

The pilot scheme is expected to be expanded across Hertfordshire if successful and authorities are looking for local volunteers.  

The petition that launched this volunteer led scheme was sent to Herts County Council and the Police & Crime Commissioner about speeding limits being disregarded on the A405.

This is also where the idea for 20mph zone monitoring was introduced in a plea to make the community’s roads safer. 

Organised by the Police and the Crime Commissioner of Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, the trial was organised to encourage residents of 20mph speed limited roads can volunteer to form ‘DriveSafe’ groups with their neighbours. 

The first volunteers were Local Councillors Tim Williams and Simon Feldman who participated in training at the Harpenden Police Station on the use of speed indication equipment and the method of communicating their findings back to the police.

Councillor Simon Feldman stated: “It is hoped that with an educational approach anyone driving around Kingswood will be reminded that the 20mph speed limit is there for everybody’s safety.”

All volunteers will be trained by officers and given Speed Indicator Devices to monitor traffic speeds in their area. The details recorded of anyone exceeding the speed limit will be sent advisory letters.

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