Hertfordshire's roads are among the most unsafe in the UK, according to a new study.

Research by car finance company MoneyBarn found that there were a total of 1,780 accidents on the county's roads in 2023 alone.

This ranks Hertfordshire eighth among all UK counties for the most accidents last year, with Kent's 3,457 incidents topping the list.

In response to the stats, a Hertfordshire Constabulary spokesperson said: "The Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit carry out regular patrols of the county's road networks, helping to ensure that people are safe.

"We also run regular campaigns around road safety, reminding motorists to drive with care to reduce the chance of being involved in a collision.

"Our neighbourhood policing teams also monitor feedback from the public and take appropriate action such as by organising speeding operations in hotspot locations and working with local partners to install measures such as speed cameras."

Cllr Phil Bibby, executive member for highways and transport at Hertfordshire County Council, said: "It’s very difficult to accurately compare accident rates between counties as there are big differences in population, road length and number of vehicles on the road.

"However, despite being a densely populated county with some of the busiest roads in the country, our own data suggests that Hertfordshire ranks 20th out of 44 police areas for total number of reported collisions, much better than geographically similar counties.

"We are confident that we have a good approach to road safety in Hertfordshire and we are continuing to work in partnership with the police and others on education, engineering and enforcement to reduce the number of collisions still further."