COMMUNITIES across Devon and Cornwall will be able to make their roads safer after successfully bidding for funding from Vision Zero South West’s Call For Ideas initiative.

The project, which aims to help community-led road safety schemes, had initially committed a total funding pot of £100,000.

However, the Call For Ideas yielded so many positive and proactive projects that the Vision Zero board agreed to increase funding to more than £150,000 to allow more schemes to take place.

In total £153,000 will be spent to fund 34 projects across the two counties, including vehicle activated speed signs (subject to agreement with the local highway authorities), new road signs and markings, high vis neck bands for cattle and ponies and glow in the dark stickers for school children.

Among the schemes is the installation of two vehicle activated speed radar units on the A370 near Starcross school and three mobile VAS systems are various locations around Newton Abbot.

As well as this, a further four projects have been adopted into the Vision Zero South West road safety delivery plan, including providing advanced driver courses for drivers under the age of 25 and engagement events for older drivers, cyclists and young drivers – all of whom are vulnerable road user groups in Devon and Cornwall.

Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, is chairman of the Vision Zero South West board as well as the national APCC lead for road safety.

Commissioner Hernandez said: ‘Every community I visit raises the subject of road safety, which is why I have made it a priority in my new Police and Crime Plan.

‘I’m delighted that we’ve been able to fund and support so many projects, led mainly by volunteers committed to saving lives.

‘We know we can only tackle road safety and achieve our target of zero serious collisions by 2040 with the help of our local communities.

‘I’ve been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and attention to detail that residents have displayed during this process and I am certain that the projects we’ve been able to progress will make a real difference to the lives of many, many people.’

Councillor Stuart Hughes, vice chairman of Vision Zero South West and Devon County Council’s cabinet member Highway Management, said: ‘The fact we voted to substantially increase the funding for this initiative demonstrates Vision Zero’s commitment to road safety in Devon.

‘I’ve been lucky enough to meet several of the successful applicants and have been blown away by their passion for road safety within their communities. I’m so happy we’ve been able to empower these residents to make the changes they feel are badly needed.