The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), has announced the opening of its Road Safety Funds for community groups and partners to bid into, to try and reduce the number of people harmed on roads.

This is the second round of bids available for this fund in this financial year.

This year, the OPCC is encouraging applications from projects and organisations that are more about an “intelligence-driven” approach.

This, it said, will help give the public education around not driving whilst under the influence, not using mobile phones whilst driving, wearing seat belts as well as speeding.

Road safety is an integral part of community safety to the people who live in, work in and visit Bedfordshire. Road casualties devastate families and communities.

Collisions also cost the national economy an estimated £16.3 billion a year and add pressure on the NHS and emergency services.

The partners that make up the Bedfordshire Road Safety Partnership are all committed to improving road safety.

Chief executive for the OPCC, Clare Kelly, said:

“We are pleased to re-issue the fund for a second time in a financial year. We are looking to explore opportunities with local parish, town and ward councils on deterring behaviour and conditions that causes road related incidents.”

Bids must be submitted by 17:00 10 December 2021.

Notifications to bidders will go out on Monday 24 January 2021

Mrs Kelly said:

“During the pandemic, many people took a break from driving and so we’re looking forward to receiving bids that will help put preventative measures in place to help all drivers feel safe on our roads.”

More information about the fund and an application form can be found here.

For anyone affected by mentioned topics, please contact Signpost. Signpost can be reached on the confidential freephone number 0800 0282 887 and support services across a wide range of crimes can also be accessed via its website if individuals prefer to self-refer.

Alternatively, you can contact the Roads Victims Trust. If you require their support, please call 01234 843345 or email: enquiries@rvtrust.co.uk, or visit its website.