Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Angelique Foster has welcomed the arrival of Speed Indicator Devices (SIDs) in two South Derbyshire villages as part of her commitment to improve road safety.
The Commissioner invited parish and town councils across Derbyshire to apply for funding via her £150k Road Safety Grant scheme for the installation of SIDs in areas where speeding was proven to be a concern.
SIDs are vehicle-activated signs used by local communities to display vehicle speeds through an area. They remind drivers of their responsibilities behind the wheel and raise awareness of local speed limits, helping to reduce traffic speeds at appropriate locations including outside schools.
SIDs have already been installed in Coton in the Elms and Rosliston in South Derbyshire thanks to funding from the scheme. The Commissioner has visited the sites to see how her investment is making a difference to local communities.
Commissioner Angelique Foster said: “Speeding is a major cause of concern for those who live and work in Derbyshire. It also remains the biggest cause of death and serious injury on our roads which is why it is a key area of focus in my Police and Crime Plan. I have worked with Derbyshire County Council to enable this scheme to be used by local Town and Parishes and community groups.
“I am pleased my Road Safety Grant scheme is enabling communities to take a proactive approach to problems and positively influence driver behaviour.
“The presence of SIDs in Coton in the Elms and Rosliston – and in other villages across the county – will support the robust enforcement my budget has established and will ensure drivers clearly recognise the impact their driving habits have on those who live in these communities. I am grateful for local County Councillor Stuart Swann championing this project locally and the local Parish councillors for helping get this project off the ground in those two specific areas.”
Across the force area, Commissioner Angelique Foster has agreed to fund 49 SIDs to a value of more than £124k.
The Road Safety Grant scheme supports the Commissioner’s plans to create stronger and safer communities and enable local people to play a proactive role in road safety and crime prevention.
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