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20mph Rule Outside Schools
12/9/14

A new campaign "20mph Rule Outside Schools" is being launched during September 2014 focussing on making roads safer in communities. GoSafe - The Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership will be enforcing in 20mph areas and educating drivers about the importance of adhering to the relevant limit. The campaign is principally aimed at reducing risk to young persons and supporting local communities with September being a key time for children at the start of the academic year.


Go Safe Dyfed Powys

20mph areas, both zones and limits, have been around for a considerable time, it is important that drivers understand that those 20mph areas are there to improve safety, and that failure to keep within the limit puts children at risk, and leaves drivers liable to prosecution.

GoSafe will be focusing enforcement around 20mph areas outside schools in September. Better enforcement within these areas will increase compliance to the speed limit and contribute to the safety of the roads in Wales.

Slower speeds in communities have also been shown to support people to become more active, through increased cycling and walking. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) while there is a 20% chance of fatal injury when someone is hit by a car travelling at 30mph, this reduces to just 2.5% if the car is travelling at 20mph.

Chris Hume, Partnership Manager, GoSafe said; "The launch of "20mph Rule Outside Schools" will help road users to stop, think and kill their speed, encouraging all local people who use the roads to have greater respect not only for one another but also their surrounding community. We will continue to work together with our partners on community engagement activities to make the streets outside schools safer. Our aim is for everyone in Wales to understand the effects that those exceeding the 20mph limit can have on families and friends".

"The motoring public should be aware that we will also continue to enforce both the limit and other traffic offences such as mobile phone and seatbelt use which will link in with the TISPOL and Think campaigns scheduled for September".

"Tim Burton, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys, said; "The lives of too many young people are put at risk due to bad driving. Every motorist should take this 20mph message on board; it will help avoid personal tragedy and family heartbreak on our roads".

Deputy Chief Constable Carl Langley, ACPO lead for Road Safety across Wales has supported this campaign on behalf of the four Welsh police forces. “Our children are potentially vulnerable around schools for a combination of reasons such as inconsiderate parking, focussing on friends rather than the road, and of course, drivers who exceed speed limits which are there to increase the safety of all road-users"

"Speed limits are just that – limits – and around schools, 30mph can be too quick. The stopping distance on a dry road and in good conditions at 30mph is 23 metres or 6 car lengths. At 20mph, this is reduced by half to just 12 metres or 3 car lengths. This demonstrates the importance of the 20mph limits around schools and supports our intention to enforce these 20mph limits throughout this campaign"

Go safe North Wales

Susan Storch, Chair of Road Safety Wales said; "Children are potentially amongst the most vulnerable road users because of their age and lack of experience in certain situations. Reducing speeds outside schools will encourage children to walk and cycle to school, reduce congestion and improve the residential environment. Working with our partners in GoSafe we want to remind drivers and riders that lower speeds provide a safer road environment".

GoSafe adheres to Welsh Government and ACPO guidelines, but would ask all drivers to be aware - there are no enforcement free times and no enforcement free locations. All enforcement sites are dealt with on a case by case basis.

Go Safe South Wales


Multimedia Anti Drink Drive Competition 2014
5/9/14

Anti Drink Drive Competition To promote the anti drinking and driving message, schools and youth organisations are invited to devise, perform and record a live action multimedia presentation that will warn people of the dangers and/or consequences of drinking and driving.

Competition guidelines:
1. There should be a maximum of 6 performers.
2. Team members must be aged between 11 and 25.
3. The presentation should be under 3 minutes in length and can use a range of media including any of the following:
· Musical performance
· Drama/Sketch
· Poetry/Oration
· Animation
· Documentary
· Comedy
· Dance

4. The presentation must be filmed and submitted on DVD with contact details provided.
5. The presentation will be judged under the following criteria (not in priority):
a. Originality
b. Message
c. Performance
d. Impact

The winning entry for each local authority will be submitted to the Regional Competition. Winners of the Regional Competition will receive £500 for the school/organisation they represent and individual team prizes. The four Regional winning entries will be invited to receive their prize at the All Wales Winter Drink Drive launch on 27 November 2014 (all expenses will be covered).

Judging for the national competition will take place on Monday 3 November 2013. Regional closing dates vary; please contact the office for details for your area, on 02920 250 600

Examples of previous entries can be found at http://www.roadsafetywales.co.uk/publicity/index.htm


20 Miles Per Hour School Speed Zones
2/9/14

Speed restrictions signs have been put up outside half the schools in Flintshire in time for the start of the new term with the remainder due to be complete by October.
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The 20mph signs are now displayed at 40 of the county's 83 schools in a move to improve road safety. The go-ahead was given by the Welsh government in July.

Flintshire councillor Bernie Attridge said it was a major step forward in protecting the safety children.

The move will cost about £50,000.Resurfacing work has also been completed outside schools in Connahs's Quay, Mold and Flint.


One Family Had a Wheely Good Time at Big Cheese
19/8/14

A Porth family have wheeled away from this year’s Big Cheese as the proud owners of a brand new bike.

Caerphilly’s Big Cheese festival was once again a strong success, with the Road Safety Marquee attracting over 1000 visitors.

Tracy Archibald with Caerphilly Road Safety TeamPeople of all ages had the chance to talk with Caerphilly County Borough Council officers about Road Safety issues and entered a free prize draw to win a brand new bike.

Tracy Archibald, from Porth, was visiting Caerphilly for the Big Cheese and entered a competition at the Road Safety Team’s stand. She exclaimed, “We now have three bikes and we can go out as a family on the nearby cycle path!”

Cllr Tom Williams, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transportation and Engineering, was on hand to present the bike to Tracy and commented, “It is fantastic that we were able to get important messages about safety on the highways across to all the people who visited the Big Cheese. Congratulations to Tracy for winning the bike. I hope the family enjoy lots of bike rides together!”




Anti Drink/Drugs Driving Campaign Results
8/8/14

Drinking and the morning after – that was the message being driven by all four Welsh Police Forces ahead of the All Wales Summer Anti Drink/Drugs Driving Campaign that was launched by South Wales Police.

During the month-long campaign, a total of 15,485 breath tests were administered.

South Wales Police administered 2,248 tests, between 1 – 30 June, of which 144 (6.4%) tested positive.

North Wales carried out 6,351 tests, which resulted in 94 (1.5 %) positives.

In Dyfed-Powys Police area 5,535 tests were conducted with a 88 (1.6%) testing positive.

Gwent Police conducted 1,351 tests with 32 (2.4%) positive results.

South Wales Police’s ACC Jon Stratford said:

Breath testing“The four Welsh forces have been increasing the pressure this summer to deter people from driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs – especially late into the night during warm summer evenings. Although a total of 358 arrests for drink and drug related offences during this campaign are alarming, it highlights our collaborative commitment to educate motorists and enforce the law.”

“These results demonstrate how necessary it is for us and our partners to continue to work together in educating drivers on the dangers of consuming alcohol and/or taking drugs and then driving. South Wales Police will continue to drive home the message that the only safe option is to drink OR drive not both.”

Anyone with information regarding individuals who are believed to drive over the legal limit can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously and confidentially on 0800 555 111.

The Law
If you are convicted for a drink driving offence you will:
• Have a criminal record
• Lose your licence for a minimum of one year
• You may go to prison for up to six months
• You may have to pay a fine of up to £5,000
• Have difficulty hiring a car within ten years of your conviction


Joyce Marks 40 Years on Patrol
1/8/14

Forty years ago Joyce Morgan started work as a lollipop lady for Pembrokeshire County Council!
It was the time of the Three Day Week, the Cod Wars and an IRA bombing campaign! Joyce Marks

But while those big events are now part of history, 40 years on and Joyce is still going strong making sure that the children of Roch Community School get to school safely.

Last week pupils and staff at the primary school held a special celebration to mark her 40 years of patrolling service. "It was a real surprise...but a nice one. It's nice to be appreciated," said Joyce
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The 72 year-old, who was born in Broad Haven, began working for the school in September 1973 when her two daughters were young. As well as her lollipop duties, she also helps out as a mid-day supervisor. And despite her decades of service, Joyce has no plans to retire. "I enjoy being with children," she said. "Over the years I have seen them grow up and now I often look after their children as well. "I feel fine and as long as they need me I'll carry on."

Kirstie Anne Donoghue, Road Safety Officer for Pembrokeshire County Council, said school crossing patrol service depended on the dedication of people like Joyce. "Forty years ensuring our children get to and from school safely is no mean feat. We felt it was an achievement that needed honouring," she said.


Caerphilly Child Car Seat Check
28/7/14

MORE than half of all child car seats checked by Caerphilly Council’s Trading Standards department were found to have failed a safety test.

A team of experts from the council carried out 100 free safety checks at a recent event at the AsdaChild car seat store in Caerphilly but found 53 per cent to have at least one fault.

The news comes after the council announced it is offering free child seat safety tests to families across the borough to ensure their children are travelling safely.

Many of the safety faults with the seats were found to be minor and easily rectified, including incorrectly adjusted harnesses.

Councillor David Poole, cabinet member for community and leisure services, said: “With just a little extra knowledge parents can ensure their children are safe during car journeys and hopefully these checks will help prevent injuries in the future.”

Parents can also check their car seat at Morrisons store in Bargoed on Friday, August 15, between 9.30am and 4pm. For more information call 01495 235 291.


Mini Road Safety Campaigners Celebrate
25/7/14

Mini road safety campaigners enjoyed an event with a very special guest to celebrate their efforts in Kerbcraft this month.

Pupils at Williamstown Primary School marked Child Safety Week in style, with a presentation, a fact-filled fun assembly and time with Zala the Zebra, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Road Safety Team’s mascot.

williamstown primary schoolChild Safety Week is held every year by the Child Accident Prevention Trust, in order to raise awareness of the most common childhood accidents, and how they can be prevented and is supported by the Road Safety Team.

It forms part of its ongoing effort, along with partner agencies, to ensure younger residents are protected from harm and are taught how to become safe pedestrians, cyclists and motorists of the future.

This work includes tackling illegal and dangerous parking outside schools, delivering cycling proficiency in all schools, the appointment of Junior Road Safety Officers in primary schools to raise road safety issues among their classmates and also the wider communities and more . Kerbcraft is also a hugely successful and popular scheme, in which pupils are taught essential road safety skills in a real life setting.

Those Year 2 pupils at Williamstown who have most recently benefited from the fun and engaging sessions were presented with certificates by the Road Safety Team and Zarla during the Child Safety Week assembly.

With parents, grandparents and school staff getting involved, Kerbcraft allows children to learn road safety in the community around them, taking to the street to learn essential skills such as crossing the road, staying visible and not using handheld phones, games or other devices when they need to be concentrating on what’s going around them.

Cllr Eudine Hanagan, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “Well done to the Williamstown Primary School pupils for their recent success in Kerbcraft and their outstanding efforts to promote important road safety issues to their classmates and those living in the wider community of the schools.

“A lot of our work to keep children safe is focused on adults and the community, delivering schemes such as Safe Routes to School and enforcement action against those who park illegally or inconsiderately outside our schools.

“But a key part of the effort is sharing the road safety message and delivering the lessons from an early age, so primary school pupils have the knowledge and skills they need to stay safe on the roads.”

Find out more about the Road Safety Team, its work and how to get involved


Road Safety Gets Green Light in Caerphilly County Borough
22/7/14

Schools and pupils across Caerphilly County Borough have been rewarded for their outstanding efforts in increasing road safety.
Trinant Primary

Four schools have achieved the Bronze Standard in Travel Planning, Ty Sign Primary, Trinant Primary, Penllwyn Primary and Ysgol Y Lawnt. This means the schools have demonstrated a commitment to developing school travel plans and are committed to continuingly improving the safety and sustainability of how pupils get to and from school whilst reducing their carbon footprint.

Meanwhile pupils creativity was pushed into the spotlight as the winners of the annual Road Safety Illustrated Poem Awards were announced. The Primary School winner was Chloe Flack from Pontllanfraith Primary, the Secondary School winner was Rhymney Comprehensive pupil Rob Bortstal. Both poems impressed the judges with their humorous approach to delivering a serious message – the importance of wearing seat belts. The event was supported by Gwent Police who contributed towards the winner’s prizes of high street vouchers.

Cllr. Tom Williams, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transportation & Engineering Said: “Road safety is one of the most important lessons in life, to see so many schools and pupils making a clear and determined effort to staying safe is brilliant. I would like to thank all pupils who took part in the illustrated poetry competition and congratulate the winners on their fantastic achievements.”


Child Car Seat Checks Available for FREE
18/7/14

Residents in Powys who use a child car seat can have them checked out by Powys County Council for free to ensure that they are fitted correctly.

During 2012-13, the council’s Road Safety Unit checked 271 child car seats and found 181 had faults, which were rectified by trained road safety officers. The vast majority of faults found, included wrong seatbelt routing, twisted belts or loose seats, which may contribute to serious injuries in the event of a vehicle crash.

baby in carseatCar Seat Clinics are being held around the county at the following locations from 9am – 4pm, no appointment is necessary:

Monday 4 August – Coed-y-Dinas, Welshpool
Tuesday 5 August – Tesco Car Park, Ystradgynlais
Wednesday 6 August – Leisure Centre Car Park, Machynlleth
Thursday 7 August – Three Cocks Garden Centre
Friday 8 August – Aldi Supermarket, Llandrindod Wells

Sarah Morris, the council’s Senior Road Safety Officer, said: “I encourage anyone who uses a child car seat to make use of this important service. These checks will not cost you anything and could ultimately save your child’s life.

“Please come to see us for a car seat check, child seat laws and fitting advice. Anything we can do to increase your child’s safety could make a big difference in the event of a collision.

Cllr John Powell, Cabinet Member for Road Safety, said: “Every year around 100,000 children in the UK are involved in collisions and the fitting of their car seat can have a serious impact on whether or not they are injured.

“The Road Safety Officers check the car seat to see if it is suitable for your child and if it is compatible with your vehicle. If the seat or the harness needs to be adjusted, our officers are trained to show parents or carers how to fit the seat correctly.”

If you are not able to visit us during the Car Seat Clinics, you can book an appointment to see us throughout the year by phoning 01874 612355 (Brecknockshire), 07909 895346 (Montgomeryshire) or 01597 826637 (Radnorshire).

For further information, telephone the Road Safety Unit on 0845 6027030 or email road.safety@powys.gov.uk. You can even ask for advice via the Road Safety Unit’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/RoadSafetyPowys


Free Motorcycle Training!
15/7/14

To help combat motorcycle casualties in the area, Caerphilly County Borough Council are offering free courses aimed at young  ridersriders to take after their Compulsory Basic Training (CBT).

Scooter Smart is a 1 day course aimed at post CBT Riders who haven’t undertaken further training. It suitable for any riders of bikes up to 125cc.

Commuter Safe is a 1 day course aimed at riders of bikes below 600cc, who mainly use of their bike for commuting to work or college.

The courses aim to provide bikers with relevant and targeted refresher training to help reduce accidents and associated casualties and to enhance the safety of each rider by increasing their hazard awareness on the road.

These courses are FREE to attend, and are being funded by the Welsh Government. Training will be delivered by a former Police Traffic Officer.

The objectives of each course are to give each rider a greater understanding of vulnerability, basic vehicle road worthiness checks, tyre care and road surface hazards, hazard awareness particularly at junctions, roundabouts and whilst filtering, anticipating the actions of others and overtaking.

If you would like to participate, or require further information please contact Jessica Carter in the road safety team on 01495 235078.


Go Safe Launch Campaign
14/7/14

Young driverMore than 2,000 young drivers in Wales had their licences revoked last year, according to the DVLA. Most of those were taken away because of speeding. Now a new campaign is hoping to highlight the importance of sticking to the speed limit.

GoSafe, a charity which aims to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding, is today launching a campaign to educate young drivers on the importance of sticking to speed limits.

It places speed cameras in areas where people have been killed or seriously injured, or where communities have raised concerns over speeding.

There were more than 800 people killed or seriously injured on Welsh roads in 2013.


Free Cycle Training for Powys Residents
4/7/14

Powys logoResidents in Powys who would like to cycle more but are lacking in confidence now have the opportunity to take part in a free training session thanks to Powys County Council.

The brand new initiative ‘On Your Bike’ has been launched by the council’s road safety unit, thanks to Welsh Government funding.

Aimed at all adults regardless of their cycling ability, the initiative sees participants have a one hour assessment with a qualified national standards cycling instructor. The initiative is completely free for Powys residents.

Whether you would like to cycle more with your children, take a more sustainable approach to your journey to work or just increase your confidence cycling in traffic, the assessment can be tailored to meet your specific needs.

Cllr John Powell, Cabinet Member for Road Safety, said: “Cycling has so many great benefits but it can be a daunting experience for those who haven’t cycled for a long time.

“Our new scheme will boost your confidence and provide key skills to help you become safer cyclists when on the roads.”

Sarah Morris, the council’s Senior Road Safety Officer, said: “Our Instructors will offer you help and guidance in a warm and friendly manner, whatever your ability.

“In addition to the one hour individual session, you could also book a group session for you and your friends, where we will bring the scheme to you. We even have the opportunity to hire bicycles, so why not discover if cycling could be your new hobby.”

For more information or to register for the scheme, please contact the road safety unit on 01597 826637 or 01874 612355 or email road.safety@powys.gov.uk

Alternatively, you can visit the Unit’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/RoadSafetyPowys


Sharing the Road: Cycle Safety Campaign
3/7/14

On the first of July, Roads Policing officers launched a campaign to improve cycle safety in Gwent.

Gwent Cycle Safety CampaignThe month-long campaign focuses on raising awareness of steps cyclists, motorists and other road users can take to stay safe on our roads.

July last year saw the highest number of road traffic collisions in Gwent involving a cyclist compared to other months. There were two fatal collisions, one serious and ten slight.

During the campaign officers will be undertaking cycle patrols focussing on the most popular urban cycle routes in the force area. This will be complimented by a social media campaign, so stay tuned to their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter @gwentpolice for advice and tips on how to stay safe.

PS Jason Love leading the campaign said;

"Cycling can be great fun, a good way to stay fit and is for some, a necessity to get from A to B, however cyclists can be vulnerable and it can come with risks.

"This campaign has been designed to increase awareness of the safety precautions cyclists can take, and to promote how road users can share the road safely. Ultimately our aim is to reduce the number collisions on Gwent roads."


Swansea Student Benefits From Motorway Instruction
2/07/14

Full time student, Leah Morris was presented with a cheque for £250 by Swansea Road SafetyAmanda Howarth and Leah Morris Officer, Amanda Howarth, as the winner of the quarterly Pass Plus Cymru draw.

Leah said “Completing Pass Plus Cymru was extremely worthwhile and has provided me with the confidence to tackle the M4 whilst travelling to and from college”.

Leah will be putting the money towards a holiday and will also be encouraging her friends to sign up to Pass Plus Cymru as soon as possible.

 


Road Safety WalesRoad Safety Wales Annual Conference
18/06/14

Tomorrow, Thursday 19 June, road safety professionals from across Wales will meet at the annual Road Safety Wales Conference.  This year’s event will be hosted by Dyfed Powys Police at Police Headquarters, Llangunnor, Carmarthenshire.  Topics for the morning session will include:

  • Safety cameras with a presentation by Christopher Hume, Partnership Manager for GoSafe:,
  • The legal process of a road traffic collision explained by Roger Henderson, Partner in Lyons Davidson, Solicitors; and
  • The science of road safety education, by Darren Divall, Principal Road Safety Consultant at TRL. 

The gathering will also be an opportunity for Road Safety Wales to thank three retiring local authority Road Safety Officers for their contribution to road safety.

Four presentations planned for the afternoon session will be:

  • Ben Johnson, Senior Strategy and Planning Manager at Transport for London who will talk about the opportunities and challenges in making safe streets for London.
  • The issues surrounding alcohol and road safety will be outlined by Andrew Misell, Director of Alcohol Concern Cymru.
  • Carys Thomas, Deputy Director of Sustrans Cymru will deliver her presentation “Safer Streets for All”.
  • A presentation on The National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme will be given by Pat Melly of Dyfed Powys Police.

Susan Storch, Chair of Road Safety Wales said:  “Since the early 1990s this annual gathering of road safety professionals from across Wales has both educated us and stimulated new ideas.  I hope that delegates will return to their regions freshly challenged and motivated to deliver casualty reduction schemes that will contribute to achieving the targets set out in the Road Safety Framework for Wales.”


Powys Council Calls For Young Drivers to Sign Up
18/6/14
Pass Plus Cymru Logo

The number of young drivers involved in fatal and serious collisions has increased, Powys County Council has confirmed. The council’s road safety unit wants more of the county’s young drivers to sign up to the Pass Plus Cymru course, which will help gain valuable skills and experience, which could reduce their road risk.

Cllr John Powell, Cabinet Member for Road Safety, said: “Young drivers have always been one of the county’s most vulnerable road users but unfortunately the number of those killed and seriously injured has increased to unacceptable levels.”

In 2009, there were no fatalities but five young drivers were seriously injured on Powys roads. Since then:

There were no fatalities in 2010 but the number of serious injuries increased to 14

  • One young driver lost their life in 2011 and 12 received serious injuries
  • Two young people lost their lives in 2012 and 11 were seriously injured
  • Four young drivers lost their lives last year (2013) and 13 had serious injuries.

“Through our road safety unit, we are dedicated to reducing the number of collisions and casualties on our roads through numerous initiatives, including this Pass Plus Cymru scheme. I would urge any young driver living in Powys to sign up to this vital course,” said Cllr Powell.

The course is aimed at 17-25 year olds who hold a full driving licence. Participants will take part in a 2.5 hour theory session, conducted by a road safety officer, followed by a nine hour paired practical session with an Approved Driving Instructor. As well as reducing road risk and help gain valuable experience and skills, young drivers may also be entitled to reduced insurance costs.

The next series of courses take place between 6.30-9pm in:

  • Newtown Fire Station - Wednesday 2 July
  • Brecon Fire Station – Wednesday 2 July
  • Llandrindod Wells Fire Station - Monday 18 August

The cost of the course to each individual is £20. The road safety unit, through funding from the Welsh Government’s Road Safety Grant, will pay the remaining £80.

For further information or to book a place, please visit www.dragondriver.com

The unit has also created an online campaign called Mission: Fatal 4law, which is aimed at educating the county’s young passengers and pedestrians.

Sarah Morris, the council’s Senior Road Safety Officer, said: “The campaign is centred around social network site Facebook and aims to educate and empower our young road users how to speak up and influence their driver.”


Road Safety and Casualty Reduction Initiatives Continue in Powys
16/06/14

Dyfed Powys PoliceAs part of an ongoing road safety programme, over the weekend Powys roads policing unit continued their efforts to promote road safety and reduce the number of casualties on our roads. On Saturday 14th June they patrolled the roads in the Breconshire area, reporting a motorcyclist for driving at 95mph in a 60mph speed limit,  a man was arrested for possession of controlled drugs, and five traffic offence reports for speeding.

During the evening and into the night officers patrolled the area where the Radnorshire YFC rally was taking place, as part of the current drink drive campaign. Of those tested, there were no positive samples which is pleasing. 

And on Sunday speed enforcement was carried out on the A470 and A40. A number of motorists were reported for excess speed, but notably and disappointingly a motorcyclist was reported for driving at 128mph with a pillion  and a car at 91mph. Also during the day there were 9 traffic offence reports, 8 fixed penalty tickets and a Section 165 Road Traffic Act seizure for providing false details, no driving license and no insurance.  

Chief Inspector of Roads Policing, Rose-Ann Lloyd said: “Road safety, and reducing the number of casualties on our roads is a priority. There is an emphasis on patrolling our roads, and whether it is engagement and enforcement with motorcyclists through Op Darwen, or speed, drink driving and any other traffic offences enforcement, we are diligent in these activities. It is pleasing to see that there were no serious collisions this weekend. The safety of our roads is the responsibility of all road users, and we will take action against drivers who commit offences on our roads.”


Casualties, Collisions and Collaboration
13/6/14

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More than 2000 young people in Wales had their driving licences revoked for speeding last year, according to figures released today by the vehicle licensing agency, the DVLA.

In a bid to raise awareness, GoSafe, in partnership with the DVLA today hosted an event to launch a joint promotional campaign.

The campaign aims to educate young drivers about the importance of adhereing to the relevant speed limits, and how they can avoid losing their licence after passing their driving test. 

The event featured speakers including DCC Carl Langley, Dyfed Powys Police, David Hancock, DVLA and the BBC presenter Sophie Morgan, herself left paraplegic following a road traffic collision in 2003.

This joint promotional campaign between GoSafe (the Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership) and the DVLA will raise awareness of the partnership’s Deadly Mates Campaign, aimed at keeping young drivers aged 17-25, safer on the roads.

Visit the website at www.deadlymates.com


Revolution - A New Approach to Road Safety Education
12/6/14

Young drivers in Wales who have been involved in road accidents will meet relatives of people killed on the roads as part of a new course opening in Wrexham tomorrow.

In Wales, young drivers make up 12% of the population, but in 2012 they accounted for 24% of killedambulance

or seriously injured casualties.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and North Wales Police are launching the new two day course aimed at educating young drivers across the region.

'Revolution', which has been described as 'a new, proactive approach to road safety education', is aimed at 16 - 25 year olds who have been involved in or subject to driving offences in their area. The Welsh Government provided £118, 809 to fund the course over 2014 and 2015.

The course will be launched this Friday (13th June) at Coleg Cambria, Wrexham, as a part of a week of multi agency activities to mark UK Road Safety Week.

The interactive course, which has received funding from Welsh Government, will cover various aspects such as the consequences of fatal or serious injury road traffic collisions on the drivers, their passengers and their family and friends as well as the type of psychological, punitive and financial impacts being involved in a road traffic collision can bring.

Each event will also include engagement with a family member of someone killed in a road traffic collision as well as close quarter engagement with a realistic road traffic collision scene and measures taken to extricate a person from it. Attendees will also be given a project to complete as a team over the two days of the course.

A number of agencies will be inputting into the course with much of the learning based around the five main causes of fatal road traffic collisions in Wales, known as the 'Fatal 5' - speeding, alcohol and drugs, mobile phones, seat belts and dangerous and antisocial driving.

The courses will be based at various fire stations across North Wales, with the first course scheduled to be held in Prestatyn next month.

Simon Smith, Chief Fire Officer for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said:v"We're thrilled to be working in partnership with North Wales Police and the Welsh Government on this new course which looks at engaging with our young people in a proactive way to help them realise the consequences of their actions behind the wheel.

"We attend countless tragedies involving young drivers every year - road traffic collisions are the biggest cause of death among young people, so looking at new ways of raising awareness of road safety is vital."

Chief Inspector Darren Wareing, Roads Policing Unit, North Wales Police: "By working closely with our colleagues at the Fire and Rescue Service we welcome the opportunity to help address the issue of road safety and try to improve road user behaviour.

"All too often, both the Police and Fire and Rescue Service have witness the carnage on our roads when lives are completely destroyed following a serious road traffic collision.

"The pain and avoidable deaths such as those on our roads touch family, friends and communities right across North Wales. By working together we hope to raise awareness and educate drivers of the consequences of poor behaviour behind the wheel."

Local Government and Government Business Minister, Lesley Griffiths AM said: "This new course expands on the education of our young drivers, focussing on the five main causes of fatal traffic accidents and has the potential to save hundreds of lives."


Mini Officers Make Big Changes in Goytre
10/6/14

Recently, Goytre Fawr Primary saw four of their pupils become Junior Road Safety Officers (JSROs). The four pupils were selected for the scheme and were sworn in as JRSOs at their full school assembly.

The idea started when school governor Louise Wilce’s own daughter started at Goytre primary andchildren from Goytre Fawr Primary she saw the problems with parking and driving outside the school. Common issues are drivers parking on pavements, parking in the bus and taxi bay and even people driving the wrong way up the one way street – all of which make the road outside the school a dangerous place for pupils crossing the road.

Louise, who has been a governor at the school for over two years, will take on the role as Road Safety Co-ordinator and will be the first school governor to carry out this task.

Louise explained, ‘We will hold monthly meetings with the JRSOs to look at different aspects of road safety and to hear their views on how we can help tackle these issues. The pupils have already had great ideas that we would never have thought of and they’re all very enthusiastic which is great.’

The JSROs will also help their local Road Safety Officer from Monmouthshire County Council to promote road safety issues within the school and local community. Their duties will involve talking to their school friends in assembly about road safety, updating parents and pupils about road safety issues by using school notice boards and school newsletters.

The team are made up of two pupils from Year 5 and two from Year 6 and the JRSOs kicked off their new roles with a competition for all school pupils to design a new poster about road safety which will be judged later in the summer.

Partnership Sergeant for Monmouthshire Ceri Carlyon said, ‘We work hard to make sure no drivers are parking or driving illegally outside of Monmouthshire schools but we have found that children often have the best ideas about how to overcome issues concerning their schools. Involving the pupils in helping to promote our road safety messages is a great way to communicate how important safe and legal parking and driving is.’

Road Safety Officer for Monmouthshire County Council’s Highways Department Carolyn Derosaire added, ‘It’s a very responsible role and the children have shown that they are more than equal to the task. Their enthusiasm and ideas will hopefully make their community a safer place for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.’

Local Goytre Community Councillor Bryan Jones said, ‘I think this is a wonderful incentive that not only involves the children, but gives them ownership of a scheme that is so vital in our schools and the rest of the community. Road Safety should be at the forefront of all our thinking.’


Cycling Badgers at Monmouth Library
10/6/14

BADGE MAKINGTo celebrate Monmouthshire hosting the National Road Race Championships, Monmouth Library hosted a “Design a Badge with a Bike Theme” session during half term.

Carolyn Derosaire, Road Safety Officer and her colleague helped children design and make the badges and keyrings while giving road safety advice. The drop in sessions proved popular with both children and parents.


BikeSafe Cymru
2/6/14

As the biking season stretches ahead, and light evenings beckon, it may be time for Welsh bikers to consider brushing up their biking skills by attending a BikeSafe Cymru workshop. BikeSafe Cymru is a police led motorcycle project that is run by the four police forces in Wales.

BikeSafe logoIt's main aim is to reduce the number of bikers being hurt on the roads by improving skills, knowledge and hazard awareness which will hopefully make their riding safer and more enjoyable. This is done through the delivery of a theory presentation which is then followed by a rideout with a qualified observer.

The workshop will help the biker discover their strengths and weaknesses and also where to go next to develop and get more from their biking.

BikeSafe is about starting on the right path to development as it “Bridges the Gap”. Riders shouldPolice motorcycle rider continue to train throughout their riding years and not just stop once they have passed their bike test.

Some Local Authorities in Wales are offering a subsidy to bikers who attend a BikeSafe workshop. To find out more about BikeSafe and book a workshop, click onto the BikeSafe website.

 


All Wales Summer Anti Drink/Drug Drive Campaign
2/6/14

The national All Wales Summer Anti Drink /Drug Drive campaign 2014, backed by all four Welsh Police Forces, began on Sunday 1st June.

The month long campaign will see forces increase the pressure and focus on those drivers who drink policeand drive or drive under the influence of drugs.

There will be increased stop checks to catch those breaking the law, reinforce the message and educate drivers.

The effect of losing a loved one in a road traffic collision ruins lives and shatters the victims’ family.

When Joshua Williams, 20, died following a road traffic accident on Friday 1st March 2013 – it devastated his mother and stepfather, Julie Williams and Neil Parry.

Joshua, who was from Merthyr, was killed when he was the passenger in a vehicle driven by Adam Pembridge. He pleaded guilty at Merthyr Crown Court on 23rd July 2013 to causing death while over the legal limit to drive – and sentenced five years four months in prison.

South Wales Police Acting Chief Constable Julian Williams said:“There is a very simple solution to this – don’t drink and drive. Every year police have to deliver the devastating news to families after someone has been killed on the road as a result of driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

"These deaths are avoidable if drivers simply make the decision not to drink and drive. Friends and family of drivers could also stop a loved one getting into a car drunk. Do not be afraid to stop someone a party or event getting into their car if they have been drinking and want to drive.”

The message highlightsthat any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive – and if people are attending summer time events to ensure youmake alternative arrangements to get home safely – so you and other road-users are safe.

South Wales Police is encouraging anyone with information about people who are drinking and driving to report them by calling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

There are strict penalties if you are convicted of drink-driving, including:
• A prison sentence of up to 6 months
• A minimum 12 month driving ban
• A criminal record
• A fine of up to £5,000
• An endorsement on your license for 11 years

If you are convicted of causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink you face:
• Up to 14 year in prison
• An unlimited fine
• A minimum 2 year driving ban

Add to these the everyday consequences of being caught, which can include:
• Increase in car insurance costs
• Job loss
• Trouble getting in to countries like the USA
• The shame of having a criminal record
• Loss of independence

During the 2013 campaign a total of 19,906 were stopped and breath tested by police in Wales and 436 of these tested positive, refused or failed to provide.


Smiles All Round as Pupils Celebrate New Safe Route to School
26/5/14

Pupils at Deri Primary School were all smiles last week as they helped open a new safe route to their school.

Head teacher Mrs Nicola Williams, Head Girl Lowri Tiley, Head Boy Ioan Hughes, Mayor of Caerphilly county borough Cllr David Carter and Cllr Tom Williams cut the cake to celebrate the opening of the new safe route in the community of DeriThe new pathway was launched on Friday 16th May, and benefits Deri Primary School pupils as well as the wider community.

Improvements to the route were made after the school’s travel plan identified that the path used by the school’s Walking Bus was of poor quality and not suitable to use in bad weather.

The project has improved the surface of the path and footbridge used by the Walking Bus and has made the cross-valley path more accessible for the community all year round.

The sun was shining as representatives of Caerphilly County Borough Council joined children andPupils from Deri Primary School are joined by Head teacher Mrs Nicola Williams, Mayor of Caerphilly county borough Cllr David Carter, Cllr Tom Williams, Gemma Thomas and Elizabeth Gibby in promoting the new route staff from Deri Primary School to celebrate the launch of the new route across the valley. Mayor of Caerphilly county borough Cllr David Carter was on hand to cut the ribbon and officially open the new pathway with help from eager Deri Primary School pupils.

Local residents and parents joined in with the celebrations back at Deri Primary School, enjoying refreshments and a delicious cake designed by the children to represent the new route and encourage walking.

Mayor of Caerphilly county borough Cllr David Carter gets a helping hand from Deri Primary School pupils, including Head Girl Lowri Tiley and Head Boy Ioan Hughes, as he officially opens the new routeCllr Tom Williams said: “The safety of road users and pedestrians is a key priority for this council, and this project highlights our continued commitment to improving the network and creating safe routes near our schools and in our communities.”

The new route in Deri was funded by the Welsh Government’s Safe Routes in Communities grant.

For more information about Walking Buses and safe routes to school, please contact the council’s Road Safety Team on 01443 235402 or visit the road safety section of the council’s www.caerphilly.gov.uk website



Stepping Out For Walk to School Week
23/5/14

From the 19 to 23 May, it's Walk to School week and Caerphilly residents are being asked to ditch their cars and use their feet and walk their children to school or encourage their children to join in their school's walking bus. 15 schools and over 3,500 children have walked to school this week.

A walking bus provides safety in numbers and not only offers a healthy way for children to travel toPupils promote Walk to School Week school, it is also an excellent way for children to socialise with their friends on the journey. Hundreds of children throughout the Borough regularly take the walking bus to school.

There are many benefits to children taking the walking bus, not only is it a good source of exercise, keeping our children fit and healthy but also reduces the number of cars on the road, which ultimately benefits the environment and reduces traffic outside our schools.

Schools that have walking buses are; Hengoed Primary, Markham Primary, Ysgol Y Lawnt, Bryn Awel Primary, Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Caerffili, Hendredenny Park Primary, Cwmaber Infants, Pengam Primary, Ysgol Gymraeg Trelyn, Libanus Primary, Deri Primary, Ysgol Penalltau, Ysgol Bro Sannan, Ynysddu Primary, Ty Isaf Primary and Fleur-de-lis Primary.

Cllr. Tom Williams, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transportation and Engineering said "Walking to school regularly is not only a fantastic way to encourage an active lifestyle, it is also a great opportunity to teach children vital road safety skills and ensure they are alert and ready to learn at the start of a new day. From an environmental perspective, walking to school also eases road congestion and reduces the associated pollution levels that driving or taking a bus to school would generate."

For more information about schools that participate in the walking bus scheme please visit www.caerphilly.gov.uk/walkingbus or contact Susan Davies, Road Safety Projects Officer on 01495 235402.


£15.4m for Improving Transport Across Wales
13/5/14


Transport Minister Edwina Hart has announced £15.4m funding for 41 capital projects across Wales to improve public transport, roads and walking and cycling facilities. Tuesday 13 May 2014

The money has been allocated from the Local Transport Fund to projects that will help deliver economic benefits and promote cycling and walking through development of route maps under the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013. The Swansea Bay and Cardiff Capital city region boards were involved in appraising the bids from local authorities in their areas and Sustrans advised on the active travel projects.

The Minister said:

“This money will be used to improve public transport, walking and cycling facilities and traffic flows in communities across Wales. The projects selected will support the Welsh Government’s priorities for jobs and growth, by improving access to Enterprise Zones, and improving public transport to employment sites. Others will improve access to key facilities and services for those living in disadvantaged areas, and some will encourage active travel and reduce reliance on the car for journeys in the community.”

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Students Win Prize for Innovative Road Safety Idea
9/5/14


Pupils from Lewis Girls' School have been recognised for their work on a project to help decrease the danger surrounding cycling on the road.

A group of Year 12 students have been awarded the "Best Appreciation of Safety Issues" prize at the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) project awards, which took place on 7 April at the Celtic Manor.

The winning team was made up of eight students completing their GCSE or AS Level studies; Natalie Opie, aged 17; Chloe Sargent, aged 17; Jessica Howells, aged 17; Sarah Street, aged 17; Bethan Harries, aged 17; Lois Nicholls, aged 16; Sophie Sherdel, aged 16; and Amy Franklin, aged 17. All eight are currently studying a science subject, with most of them hoping to continue with science and engineering in their further studies at degree level.

\Lois Nicholls, Natalie Opie, Amy Franklin, Jessica Howells, Chloe Sargent, Bethan Harries, Sarah Street and Sophie SherdelThe STEM project, run by the Engineering Education Scheme Wales, asked the team to develop an engineering project in partnership with Caerphilly County Borough Council. The girls worked with Caerphilly County Borough Council's Highways Department to come up with an idea that could potentially be used by the council to help to reduce road accidents and to increase awareness of road safety, particularly around cyclists and motorcyclists. The idea had to meet sustainability and highway restrictions while being aesthetically pleasing and practical. Each of the girls took on a different role in the team, including design, administration, presentation organisation and management, which, as well as being relevant to their studies, allowed them to learn new skills and gain experience that will be of an advantage to them as they progress through their studies and in later life.

The team carried out a large amount of research around the topic of road safety and eventually decided upon a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag as a solution for the problem. The tag would be attached to a bicycle or motorcycle and would emit a radio frequency. If the bicycle came into range of a specially designed warning sign on the road, a circuit inside the sign would be triggered and the sign would illuminate. This would then act as a warning to the drivers that a cyclist is in the area and that they should take extra care and attention, making the roads safer for the cyclist. The team also suggested that their solution could have the long-term effect of encouraging more people to cycle rather than drive, therefore reducing the number of cars on the roads and lower the county borough's carbon emissions.

As part of the competition, the team gave a presentation at the Celtic Manor which outlined their work on the project and the solution that they had decided upon. Their presentation was a success and they were awarded their prize that evening by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Cllr Tom Williams, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transportation and Engineering, said "I would like to congratulate the girls on their success with the STEM Project. Their solution is both thoughtful and practical and has taken into consideration a number of factors, including the importance of ensuring that all road users are aware of safety issues and the need for us to consider more sustainable methods of transportation. I am pleased that these students have taken part in such a valuable project, which will stand them in good stead for their future studies and careers. I would also like to thank the Highways Department for their work in guiding the team and supporting them to this excellent result."

Steve Pole, Head of Physics at Lewis Girl's School, added: "The Engineering Education Scheme Wales' STEM project is a valuable opportunity for pupils to gain experience of the 'real world' - working with real companies on real problems. The pupils at Lewis Girls' School have worked on this task as a dedicated team and the whole project has been carried out as an extra-curricular activity, illustrating the girls' commitment to it. The girls' work on the project, which included research, report writing and giving presentations, provided them with a wealth of experiences that will be an extremely valuable influence on their future career opportunities. The cyclist warning sign project could potentially save lives – I hope that one day it can be put into practise and can make a difference."


Zarla the Zebra Makes a Suprise Visit
9/5/14

Pupils in Mountain Ash have certainly made a song and dance out of their new-found road safety skills!

Zarla the Zebra, the road safety mascot made a surprise appearance during the celebration at Darran Las Primary School earlier this month, to commend the 30 pupils aged six and seven who had completed Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s essential Kerbcraft training.

Kerbcraft forms just a part of the extensive work of the Council’s dedicated Road Safety Unit, whichRoad Safety presentation at Darran Las primary school works in schools and communities across the county borough to ensure young residents are safe pedestrians, cyclists and, eventually, drivers, as well as dealing with issues such as dangerous and illegal parking outside of school and spreading the anti-speeding message.

Darren Las Primary School pupils are the latest to benefit from Kerbcraft, which was delivered in their school by the unit, with the assistance of three parents who volunteered their own time to help out – Stephanie Jones, Rebecca Walker and Liz Phillips.

During the course, they learned about choosing safe places and routes to cross the road, crossing safely between parked cars and crossing safely at junctions.

Marking the successful end of the training was a celebration event in the school, with Cllr Andrew Morgan, ward member and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Cabinet Member for Frontline Services, presenting the pupils with their certificates.

The pupils also put together their own road safety play based on Kerbcraft, with the help of their teacher Miss John which included one pupil playing the school crossing patrol lady and another taking the part of the Kerbcraft trainer.

Children sang road safety songs and put actions to them, as well as singing the green cross code. The event was finished off with a guest appearance frZarla the Zebra with pupilsom the RCT road safety mascot Zarla the Zebra.

Cllr Morgan said: “Kerbcraft is delivered in a number of schools in RCT to ensure young pedestrians remain safe when they are out and about. Hundreds of children have benefited from it to date and we want to keep that work up.

“The event in Darren Las was truly excellent and testament to the pupils, parents, teachers and Council road safety staff who have worked so hard to promote the road safety message to children in a relevant and appealing way.

“The play and performances of the songs showed just how many messages the pupils had taken on board and I hope those essential lessons remain with them for life.

“In the meantime, the work continues to ensure Rhondda Cynon Taf remains a safe place to live, work and visit, with school and community engagement by our road safety team, as well as partnership working, to deal with the issues that matter the most – from illegal parking to significant investment in crossings and other safety measures.”


St Brides are Vale Road Safety Quiz Champions For the First Time
7/5/14

St Brides Major Church in Wales Primary School is the winner of the 2014 Vale of Glamorgan Council Road Safety Quiz for the first time.

They narrowly beat fellow first-time finalists Victoria Primary School from Penarth in a closely-fought, very exciting final of this popular annual event for primary schools in the Vale.

This year’s keenly-contested competition was hosted as usual by the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Road Safety Team at the Docks Office in Barry. The all-male team from St Brides finally overcame the all-girls team from Victoria by 1 point in literally the last question of the competition. It was the second time in 2 years that West Vale won over East Vale as St David’s, Colwinston beat Pen y Garth at the same stage in 2013.

The 2 teams of 4 x Year 6 pupils from St Brides and Victoria were both on top form, each taking theSt Brides Major Church in Wales pupils with John Rogers lead several times during the 10 rounds of questions. After taking an early advantage, St Brides’ finest were caught up and eventually overtaken by the combined knowledge of Victoria’s best as the lead changed several times before St Brides’ boys literally pipped Victoria’s girls at the post by 36 points to 35!

An esteemed panel of judges from the Vale of Glamorgan Council Road Safety Team presided over the event led by Emma Reed, Operational Manager, who was ably assisted by fellow officers Karen Stokes and Annette Kerslake. They were called into action on several occasions particularly as the teams grew closer and the answers needed to be more precise to gain the points……Councillor Lis Burnett, Cabinet Member, thanked everyone for coming along and congratulated both teams on actually reaching the Quiz Final – no mean feat in itself! Both teams were ‘winners’ just for getting to this stage!

The Final itself was played in true ‘Top of the Form’ style – complete with buzzers for each team member. Individual, team and ‘fingers on buzzers’ questions made up the 10 rounds that each team faced – all based on their knowledge of the Young Person’s Highway Code.

Qualifying rounds for this ever-popular annual schools’ event were undertaken in 41 x Vale Primary Schools, in which teams of Year 6 pupils faced several rounds of questions ranging from multiple-choice to ‘True or False’ to drawing & identifying road signs and even a Green Cross Code ‘Jumble’!
St Brides’ title-winning team achieved the joint highest score of 90 out of 90 points in this round, along with runners-up Victoria while Pen y Garth (2013 finalists), St Athan, Wick & Marcross and Pendoylan (Winners in 2007 & 2010) were all left waiting to know if they had reached the Final with the joint scores of 88!

Many schools achieved their highest scores in the Road Safety Quiz for a number of years showing that all their revision and subject knowledge really paid off – and how high standards have risen in recent times.

Both finalist teams received gift vouchers, goody bags plus a commemorative plaque each. The winners, St Brides, also received a magnificent glass trophy etched with the names of previous memorable winners such as St David’s, Murch, Llansannor & Pendoylan Primary Schools.

John Rogers, Quizmaster and Vale of Glamorgan Council Road Safety Officer, said ‘A big thank you must go to all the schools who took part in this worthwhile exercise. Win or lose, we hope that all the children enjoyed the experience and managed to take away at least a little more knowledge about Road Safety, which will hopefully stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives’

This annual event organised by the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Road Safety Team aims to make pupils more safety conscious and aware of their responsibilities as pedestrians, cyclists and vehicle passengers in an effort to reduce overall child casualties.


New Road Safety App
6/5/14

Road Safety Wales are delighted to be able to help promote a brand new Road Safety APP funded SWWITCH (South West Wales Integrated Transport Consortium). SWWITCH is made up of four local Authorities, Neath Port Talbot Counct Borough Council. City and County of Swansea, Carmarthen County Council and Pembrokeshire County Borough Council.

Beat the lightsDESQ and Redemption Media have teamed up to make the App for SWWITCH. DESQ are specialists in using media and games for learning and Redemption are App specialists.

The APP, called PLAYING IT SAFE is aimed at 3-11 year olds, is free to download, bilingual (English /Welsh) and is available to download on both I tunes and Google play.

PLAYING IT SAFE is a fun way of learning about staying safe on the roads and there are tips and advice for parents to make sure the kids make the connection to real life and the real-life dangers.

The Road Safety App is to help parents, guardians and teachers raise awareness of road safetyRoad Safety quiz practices among children aged 3-11. The app has 4 interactive mini games which aims to provide the target groups with a variety of fun games and activities to learn road safety through.

After choosing a character from six appealing colourful characters, they play the game ‘Be Bright Be Seen’, which involves dressing them in the right clothes and equipment for different activities.
In the ‘Safer Crossing’ game they choose the best place to cross and then wait for a safe time to cross – this requires patience!

Be bright Be SeenThe game ‘Beat the Lights’ involves guessing the next light in a traffic light sequence, and tests them to see how quickly they can get through ten.

Finally in the Road Ready Quiz, the character challenges the child on their knowledge.

The character can be changed at any time from the main menu and trophies can be collected for playing the games. The score from each game is recorded so that the player can try and beat it next time.

If you have children between the ages of 3 -11 years or work with children for which you have access Road Safety Quizto apps such as a school or after school groups then why not download “Playing it Safe”. Let’s work together to help keep our children safe by encourging them to do what they love doing best – playing on gadgets and all the time learning the key life skill of road safety!



Guide Dogs Cymru Visits Blaenau Gwent Schools
30/4/14

Guide Dogs Cymru recently visited St. Illtyd’s and Ebbw Fawr Primary Schools in Blaenau Gwent to convey the important message about hazardous parking,including parking on pavements, and the dangers they pose to blind and partially sighted people.

BGCBC’s Road Safety Department organised for Guide Dogs Cymru’s Engagement Officer Nathan Foy, along with his guide dog Mason, to deliver two school assemblies where the dangers ofirresponsible parking and parking on pavements were highlighted.

Ebbw Fawr School childrenNathan explained to the children that cars, vans and other vehicles parked on pavements are making towns and local areas hazardous for blind and partially sighted people.When a car parked on a pavement or a dropped kerbblocks the way of a visually impaired person, it is impossible to cross safely as they are forced to walk into the road without being able to see oncoming traffic. People who are blind or partially sighted have to face this frightening reality every day. Nathan added that pavement parking is also dangerous for parents with pushchairs, wheelchair users and all other disabled people.

Nathan encouraged the children to, in future, point out the danger every time they see a car carelessly parked on a pavement or on a dropped kerb so that accompanying adults will be made more aware of the increasingly common problem.

At the end of the assembly, the children asked Nathan various questions and pupils had the chance to meetguide dog Mason whilst having their photographs taken with him.Nathan also met the Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs) at the schools. He praised the important work that they do and pledged Guide Dogs Cymru’s support.

The JRSOs at St. Illtyd’s have worked extremely hard over recent years in trying to change drivers’ behaviour outside their school. Assisted by Blaenau Gwent’s Road Safety Officer, they have organised a competition to create a banner, designed flyers and posters and worked closely with Gwent Police’s local Community Support Officers. Ebbw Fawr Primary will also be taking the JRSO scheme on board so that theycan address the same issues at their school.

Councillor Dave White, BGCBC’s Executive Member for Environment and Regeneration said:

“Parking on pavements and dropped kerbs is an inconsiderate action with little or no care for the blindPupils from St. Illtyds school and partially sighted persons. The Junior Road Safety Officers will continue working with the Police and the local Road Safety Team to highlight the dangers careless parking poses outside their schools and surrounding streets. Having Guide Dogs Cymru’s support for what they are trying to achieve is a great boost for both schools”.

Community Support Officer Wright says “We are pleased to work with Guide Dogs Cymru on these issues. Our aim is for pupils to take these important road safety messages home and relay them to their parents. Gwent Police will continue to work with schools to combat illegal parking and ask parents to make sure they park within the designated areas.”

New research for Guide Dogs has found that the majority of British adults and Local Authority Councillors back the call for new laws to prevent vehicles parking on pavements.

Seven out of ten (69%) people that took part in a YouGov survey commissioned by Guide Dogs support the idea. In a separate piece of research, eight out of ten (78%) Local Authority Councillors say that they would support the introduction of such a law.

If you would like to contact Guide Dogs Cymru, please call Nathan Foy, Engagement Officer on Tel: 08453727405.


Helping Motorcyclists Ride Safely
24/4/14

Motorcyclists in Powys can now ride more safely thanks to three road safety initiatives that have been introduced by the county council.

Ride On coursePowys County Council’s Road Safety Unit has introduced a number of initiatives to help motorcyclists ride safely, thanks to funding from the Welsh Government.

People who live and work in the county have the opportunity to attend the ‘Ride On’ one-day motorcycle course. It is designed to give motorcyclists an introduction to advanced motorcycling and consists of an informal theory session followed by an assessment ride out.

The courses will be held in:

  • Newtown – Saturday 26 April / Sunday 29 June / Sunday 12 October
  • Llandrindod Wells – Sunday 18 May / Saturday 16 August

Additionally, the unit, in partnership with Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, provides and delivers the ‘Biker Down’ course for any motorcyclist who uses the county’s roads.

The course covers such topics as collision scene management, emergency first aid and helmet removal and the science of being seen. The courses will be held in:

  • Newtown – Thursday 22 May
  • Llandrindod Wells - Thursday 19 June
  • Brecon – Thursday 21 August

Finally, the unit is also making the ‘Crash Card’ scheme available to any motorcyclist who uses the county’s roads. The card contains the personal details of the motorcyclist and sits in the lining of their helmet and can be used by the emergency services should they ever be involved in a collision.

Cllr John Powell, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “With 3,400 miles of road, Powys has the largest road network in Wales and motorcyclists come from far and wide to enjoy our rural roads.

“As one of the most vulnerable road users in Powys, our Road Safety Unit wants to reduce the number of motorcyclists involved in collisions. We hope these initiatives will help motorcyclists ride safer on our roads and minimise the risk of being involved in a collision.”

For information on any of these schemes or indeed to book a place, please contact the Road Safety Unit on 01597 826979 or email road.safety@powys.gov.uk

Alternatively, you can visit the unit’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/RoadSafetyPowys


Operation Darwen Begins in North Wales
24/4/14

motorcycleAn operation aimed at reducing motorcycle-related deaths and serious injuries on the roads of North Wales begins this weekend. Operation Darwen is a force-wide campaign which runs from Easter through until early autumn which is aimed at motorcycle safety and reducing casualties on the roads.

Historically high numbers of motorcyclists descend on North Wales due to the challenging nature of the roads in areas of outstanding natural beauty such as Snowdonia.

Motorcyclists are more at risk of being killed or seriously injured in a road traffic collision than any other road user, representing 1% of road traffic but accounting for 18% of all fatalities. Chief Inspector Darren Wareing from North Wales Police’ Roads Policing Unit said there was an increase in fatalities and serious injuries on the roads in the area: “One of the most worrying emerging trends is motorcyclists who have been impaired by alcohol and/or drugs which is a concern for us.

“Motorcycle casualties are the only group which has shown a continuing increase from last year - overall KSI motorcycle casualties have experienced a 189% increase – from 9 to 26. Operation Darwen is one of many campaigns and initiatives that we run throughout the year targeting high-risk road users. It is not about alienating the motorcycling community – it is about education and enforcement.

“Whilst the vast majority of motorcyclists ride appropriately, some riders choose to use the roads as a racetrack, committing serious breaches of road safety legislation, such as speeding and riding dangerously, thereby putting themselves and other road users at risk of death or life changing injury.”

“We are committed to keeping people safe on the roads of North Wales - we want them to enjoy the roads but most of all we want them to ride safely and responsibly.

“Responsible riders are welcome to visit the area and take in the stunning scenery and landscape, but even they face risk of death or serious injury by underestimating the risk posed by fatigue brought on by a combination of driving long distances and concentrating on navigating challenging and unfamiliar routes.

“I would also urge bikers to take the opportunity to enhance their skills through training or attend the BikeSafe workshops. BikeSafe is an accredited scheme which is run nationally by police forces which aims to reduce motorcycling casualties.

He added: “We will continue to target, with a view to prosecution, all those that ride or drive dangerously, at excess speed, overtake on solid white lines or commit any other road traffic offences. Please heed the warning.”

Throughout the campaign BikeSafe representatives will also be out and about speaking to riders and promoting the Bikesafe initiative which offer *free workshops in North Wales. A number of BikeSafe engagement days have been organised for the summer months including visits to the Ponderosa, Betws-y-Coed, Corwen and Llangollen.

Police and partners – including the Fire and Rescue Service, Welsh Ambulance Service, Trunk Roads Agency, Gwynedd Council, Snowdonia National Park, BikeSafe and Go Safe recently launched the A494 Road Safety initiative, which aims to raise awareness of the dangers facing motorists, in particular motorcyclists who have made up nearly 60% of fatalities and serious injuries on the road which stretches from Hawarden in the north east through to Dolgellau in the north west.

To book a space on a BikeSafe workshops please visit www.bikesafe.co.uk

*subject to booking fee


New Road Safety Initiative Launched by Council
24/4/14

Drivers in the county are being encouraged by Powys County Council to carry a card that contains potentially life-saving information in the event of a collision.

Powys County Council logoThe council’s Road Safety Unit is launching its brand new initiative called the ‘Yellow Triangle’ scheme. The scheme has two elements, a ‘Your Details’ card and a yellow triangle sticker.

The ‘Your Details’ card, to be completed by the driver, will give information about their next of kin, medical conditions, allergies and medications which emergency services can use in the event of an emergency.

The yellow triangle sticker will accompany the card, which must be displayed in the bottom left-hand corner inside the windscreen and out of the driver’s field of view. The triangle will indicate that the driver’s details are readily available through the ‘Your Details’ card, which will be kept in the glove compartment – this will enable the emergency services to access the details of the driver that they and the hospital staff need.

Cllr John Powell, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “Our Road Safety Unit is dedicated to reducing casualties across all categories of road users.

“This latest initiative will provide emergency services with vital information if a driver is involved in a collision. I urge all Powys drivers to take advantage of this worthwhile scheme.”

Geoff Wilks, the council’s Road Safety Project Officer, said: “As most mobile phones nowadays are lockable and only accessible by a password, the mobile phone I.C.E (in case of emergency) system can no longer be relied upon to give the emergency services access to details.

“This scheme will go that one step further by not only providing next of kin details but details of the card holder’s personal information.”

To request a ‘Yellow Triangle’ scheme pack, telephone 01597 826979 or email road.safety@powys.gov.uk

For more information on all road safety schemes, visit www.facebook.com/RoadSafetyPowys


A494 Road Safety Initiative
16/4//14

The Easter Bank Holiday weekend traditionally sees a large gathering of motorcycling enthusiasts taking to the roads of North Wales. The ‘A494 Road Safety’ public engagement day being held at the Ponderosa Café at the Horseshoe Pass Complex, Llangollen, a popular meeting place for motorcyclists, on Bank holiday Monday 21st April 2014, is intended to provide a unique and informative way of reaching out to motorcycle users to inform them of the potential risks they face when travelling the route.

North Wales public engagementA joint task force of organisations from across a494-bikesafe-safety-1North Wales (the North Wales Fire & Rescue Service, Welsh Ambulance Service, Trunk Roads Agency, Gwynedd Council, Snowdonia National Park, BikeSafe, GoSafe and North Wales Police) have collaborated to address this road safety issue that affects in particular, the section of the A494 between Corwen (A5 junction) and Bala.

A key aim of the partnership is to raise awareness of the dangers facing motorists, in particular motorcyclists, when driving this notoriously beautiful but challenging route.

Representatives from the partner organisations will be participating in the initiative on the day, which, along with guest appearances and volunteers will make the day’s events both interactive and enjoyable for those visiting the area.

A number of key messages will be on display including newly installed signposting as well as a specially designed leaflet highlighting precautions that motorcyclists can take to ensure their safety on roads in the region.

Colin Jones, Gwynedd Council’s Road Safety Manager said “As Chair of the Partnership and Focus Group, I would like to thank all Partners for their contribution and for their commitment during the past 12 months to reduce motorcycle related casualties on the A494. We recognise that road traffic collisions involving motorcyclists can often have tragic consequences many of which are entirely avoidable.

“I believe the Partnership has taken significant steps in the field of education, engineering and enforcement to try and reduce unnecessary deaths and injuries along this route.

“As a road safety professional and motorcyclist, I believe that Partnership working is key to the success and longevity of this project and driving down casualty statistics involving motorcyclists who use the A494.”

Adding to those comments, Superintendent Rob Kirman, who is in charge of North Wales Police’ Roads Policing Unit said “We identified the need to raise awareness of motorcycle safety many years ago to help reduce road traffic casualties amongst motorcyclists. It is not about alienating the motorcycling community – it is about education and enforcement for those that commit offences.

“We are committed to keeping people safe on the roads of North Wales. We want them to enjoy the roads but most of all we want them to ride safely and responsibly.

“Responsible riders are welcome to visit the area and take in the stunning scenery and landscape, but they should be aware that they face risk of death or serious injury by underestimating the risk posed by fatigue brought on by a combination of driving long distances and concentrating on navigating challenging and unfamiliar routes.”

Motorcyclists are more at risk of being killed or seriously injured in a road traffic collision than any other road user, representing 1% of road traffic but accounting for 18% of all fatalities.

Superintendent Kirman added “North Wales Police are pleased to have worked in partnership with the various organisations that have supported this latest initiative to make North Wales a safer environment to visit and enjoy.

“I would also urge bikers to take the opportunity to enhance their skills through training and attend the free Bikesafe workshops. Bikesafe is an accredited scheme which is run nationally by police forces which aims to reduce motorcycling casualties.”

Further details regarding the free Bikesafe workshops are available via the Bikesafe website

A safety advice video to accompany the initiative can be viewed here


Ridersafe
14/4/14

"Ridersafe is a Road Safety initiativefor young people in the16 – 24 year age range, a target audience identified within the Road Safety Framework for Wales. It is a course of theoretical and practical training designed specifically for new moped and low powered 2 wheel riders and is divided into three modules.

Module 1 - Aspiring new riders require a CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) certificate to ride a motorcycle as a provisional licence holder. Ridersafe is offeredto first-time riders in Counties across South West Wales in partnership with Driving Standards Agency approved training providers (ATB). It incorporates an introduction to the Highway Code and riding safely on the road, prior to their attending Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) and a subsequent health check of new skills after a period of consolidation.

Course content includes exercises of group discussion where studentsare provided with informationand discuss attitudes to the prospect ofriding powered two wheel machines.They will learn how subsequent behaviour can affect themselves and other road users and their families in the event of a collision. A copy of the Highway Code is provided by the Road Safety Team at this stage, encouraging study and a development of prior knowledge before attending the CBT course.

Module 2 - Candidates will attend the Driving Standards Agency Compulsory Basic Training course (CBT) and complete five training modules with an Approved Training Body (ATB). Riders who reach the required standardwill be issued with a DL196 certificate which validates their provisional moped/motorcycle licence and permit them to ride, subject to age and licence restrictions, a moped or motorcycle up to 125cc with L plates, unaccompanied.

This certificate is valid for two years and will require renewal if no licence is acquired by virtue of theory and practical test pass in this category.

Module 3 - Designed to involve the rider after a period of consolidation of their riding skills (2wks –1 mth). Riders will participatein a further course of on road training as a follow on to CBT. The training will provide them with valuable further experience and a specific and realistic action plan for their personal development.

The following Driving Standards Agency Approved Training Bodies for motorcyclists (DSA ATB) have signed up to the initiativein each of the Counties and have agreed to deliver the Ridersafe package:

Motorcycle Training Wales, Llandarcy - Neath Port Talbot

SMART Motorcycle Training, Swansea - City and County of Swansea

Kickstart Motorcycle training, Carmarthen - Carmarthenshire

Podium Motorcycle Training, Haverfordwest - Pembrokeshire

The cost forall three modules is charged at total of £20 for each new rider on enrolment.

The training is open to new young riders who live or work within the participating Council areas.

All aspects of the course will be delivered by accredited and registered Driving Standards Agency motorcycle instructors. The delivery of the theory element includes Instructors who hold Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector certificates (PTLLS) in addition to the DSA accreditation"

To book a Ridersafe place call 01639 686828 or email roadsafety@npt.gov.uk for more information.


Raising Awareness at Ysgol Santes Helen, Caernarfon
9/4/14
Pupils from Ysgol Santes Helen, Caernarfon have been working with the Gwynedd Môn Road Safety Partnership to raise awareness of inconsiderate parking outside their school.

Drivers have been parking on yellow zigzag lines outside their school and causing problems for pupils at Ysgol Santes Helen pupils as they try to cross the road safely towards the school.

A poster designing competition to encourage drivers to ‘keep the yellow zigzag lines clear’ was recently held at the school, and the winning design has been used as a banner and signs and placed outside the school.

Councillor Gareth Roberts, Gwynedd Council’s Environment Cabinet Member said:

“The Council’s road safety officers have been working closely with schools across the county to raise awareness amongst pupils about road safety issues.

“The project at Ysgol Santes Helen is a great example of the school, pupils and the Council working together to come up with a practical answer to the problems caused by drivers parking on the yellow zigzag lines outside the school. I hope the new banner and signs will encourage drivers to think twice before parking on the zigzag lines and causing difficulties for the pupils as they cross the road to school.

“I’d also like to thank Councillor Ioan Thomas as the local member for his positive contribution to this important scheme, and staff at the school.”


RoSPA Child Car Seat Website Re-launched to Help Parents Select and Fit Car Seats Correctly

9/04/14

child car seatThe Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has unveiled a revamped Child Car Seats website to advise parents and carers on the safest way for children to travel in cars. The website - www.childcarseats.org.uk - is visited by around 4,500 people every day. It has become a trusted source of safety information for anyone needing advice about child car restraints in the UK.

Properly fitted child car seats are very effective in protecting children if there is a car crash, but it is essential that the child car seat is suitable for the child’s weight and size. Rearward-facing baby seats reduce the risk of death and injury in a crash by 90 per cent compared with being unrestrained and forward-facing child seats and booster seats reduce the risk of death and injury by more than 70 per cent.

In Great Britain in 2012, 19 children under the age of 12 were killed while travelling in cars, almost 200 were seriously injured and more than 4,700 slightly injured.

The revamped website provides up-to-date information on the types of child car seats available, including seats that are fitted with the car’s seatbelts, Isofix seats, which have fitting points built into the car, and i-Size seats, which meet a new child car seat regulation.

The website also provides advice on which seat to choose for your child and car and how to use them, the law and things drivers ought to know if they carry other people’s children in the car. It is mobile-friendly and easy to navigate, especially for busy parents, who will now be able to access the website via their mobile phone (but not while driving, of course), which could come in handy when out shopping for a child car seat.

Child car seats are designed and tested for children in different weight ranges and that’s what parents should be checking when they are selecting an “appropriate” seat.

However, the seats need to be fitted properly, and research shows that many parents are still struggling to use the right car seat for their child and fit it correctly. Common mistakes include moving the child into a larger car seat too soon, and not securely fitting the car seat in the vehicle. Poor fitting can mean that the seat will not protect a child in a crash.

Kevin Clinton, RoSPA’s head of road safety, said: “The child car seats website is essential reading for parents, carers or grandparents whether they are choosing a baby’s first child car seat or are looking to move toddlers or older children from one seat to another.

“The importance of properly fitting a child seat cannot be over stated; make sure it is compatible with the car it will be used in and remember to seek expert help on fitting, perhaps from a retailer who has staff trained in fitting child car seats. We encourage parents to check that the seat is fitted correctly before every journey, especially if they are regularly taking it in and out of the car.

“Do avoid purchasing second-hand car seats as they might not comply with the latest standards, the fitting instructions may be missing and you cannot be sure of their history, such as whether they have already been in an accident.”

The re-design of www.childcarseats.org.uk was funded by the Department for Transport.


£5 Million to Improve Walking and Cycling Routes Across Wales
1/4/14

Transport Minister, Edwina Hart, has announced £5m funding to create safe walking and cycling routes for schools and communities across Wales.

Transport Minister Edwina Hart and Cllr Phil White from Bridgend Council with pupils from Maesteg ComprehensiveAt a visit to Maesteg Comprehensive School, which has benefited from £350,000 Welsh Government funding for walking and cycling routes, Mrs Hart said 30 new projects would be fully or partly funded in the 2014/15 financial year.

Local authorities will receive money through the Safe Routes in Communities programme for crossings, traffic calming measures, cycle paths, footpaths, secure cycle facilities and lighting.

The Minister said:

“I am very pleased to announce funding for these 30 new projects which will ensure more people will be able to walk or cycle safely to schools and other parts of the their communities. As well as improving safety the Safe Routes in Communities programme encourages physical activity and reduces reliance on the car. It is encouraging to see the positive impact the Safe Routes to School funding has had for pupils and the wider community here in Maesteg.”

Anne Carhart the Headteacher of Maesteg Comprehensive School said:

“The Safe Routes in Communities funding has provided safe and scenic routes to school and a healthier option for pupils and the wider community to use. The routes are fantastic Safe Routes in Communities and many pupils and staff are now walking or cycling to school.

“In addition the safe routes have allowed us to further develop the PE curriculum by introducing cycling as an activity and, in partnership with other clubs such as 5/60 the opportunities to do extra-curricular activities have increased. On behalf of the pupils, staff and governors of the school I would like to give a big thank you to the Welsh Government for providing the resources to keep our pupils safe and healthy.‘’

Maesteg Comprehensive received funding in 2010/11 towards a new walking and cycling route to Nantyffyllon/Cwrt y Mwnws, a new footpath and crossing to Crown Road and improvement of the footpath to South Parade. In 2011/12 they got money towards a new walking and cycling road between Cwmdu Road and the school.


Children’s Art Celebrates Their Lollipop Lady
1/4/14

Pupils at Aberbargoed Primary School have created artwork to show the important role their Lollipop Lady plays in getting them to school safety.

Lollipop Lady Julie Withers pictured with Aberbargoed Primary pupils Jay Vokes, Rhianna Fennell-Edwards, Georgia Parr and Alfie Hughes showing their winning designsThe children designed eye-catching posters to put up outside their school and in nearby shop windows illustrating the benefits of having their Lollipop Lady, Julie Withey, safely assist them on their way to and from school each day. The designs incorporated slogans such as ‘Julie is very kind and helps us cross the road’ and ‘Our Lollipop Lady stops the traffic to make it safe for us to get to school’.

The unenviable task of picking a winning design from the array of excellent posters fell to Lollipop Lady Julie. After much deliberation, Alfie Hughes was awarded first prize, while runners-up were Georgia Parr, Jay Vokes and Rhianna Fennell-Edwards.

Lollipop Lady in the limelight Julie, who has worked on the school crossing patrol for nearly five years, said: “I thought the competition entries were outstanding, we’ve had a really good response.

“The kids are excellent, and they’re always really pleasant and polite when they talk to me on their wayLollipop Lady Julie Withers pictured with Aberbargoed Primary pupils Alfie Hughes, Rhianna Fennell-Edwards, Georgia Parr and Jay Vokes into school. It’s nice that the children recognise the importance of Lollipop Ladies and the role we play in getting them to school safely.”

Cllr Tom Williams, Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Transportation and Engineering, said: “It’s great to see children with an understanding of road safety and who obviously have a strong relationship with their Lollipop Lady, Julie.

“Congratulations to the pupils of Aberbargoed Primary School for their excellent effort in designing posters to highlight the importance of our Lollipop Ladies.”



Home Nations Urged to “See the Light” as the UK Prepares to Put its Clocks Forward
28/3/14

As millions prepare for British Summer Time, RoSPA is urging every member of the UK to “see the light” ahead of Scotland's independence referendum.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has lobbied for lighter evenings for decades in a bid to cut the number of people killed or seriously hurt on our roads.

Summer TimeThe charity’s chief executive Tom Mullarkey is using this Sunday's (March 30) switch to British Summer Time (GMT+1) to appeal for an extra hour of evening daylight throughout the year - regardless of the outcome of Scotland’s independence referendum in the autumn.

Research commissioned by the Department for Transport shows that about 80 deaths and at least 200 serious injuries would be prevented on our roads each year if the UK switched to Single/Double Summer Time (SDST: GMT+1 in winter / GMT+2 in summer).

Tom Mullarkey said: “If Scotland votes 'Yes' in September, then it’s only right that it should choose its own time zone. RoSPA would then urge the Scottish people to change to SDST, because all the evidence shows that Scotland would be the island's biggest beneficiary.

“If Scotland votes 'No', we would encourage all of the Home Nations to develop a unified approach to what’s in the best interests of everybody.

“This is a campaign that has been affected by regional divisions in the past. But it needn't be, because it's a move that would benefit everyone – Scotland more so.”

A report by Dr Mayer Hillman, of the Policy Studies Institute at the University of Westminster, found that an extra hour of evening daylight would benefit Scotland more than any other part of the UK because of the limited number of daylight hours it enjoys in the winter - with parts of the country receiving as little light as some places in the Arctic Circle.

SDST would mean that adults in nine-to-five employment in Scotland would enjoy almost 300 extra hours of daylight per year. For children in Scotland, there would be an annual increase of about 200 daylight hours.

Other benefits of lighter evenings - across the UK - would include:

• Cutting CO2 emissions by 447,000 tonnes a year by reducing the need for electric lighting in the evenings
• Providing a £3.5bn boost to British leisure and tourism, creating up to 80,000 new jobs in the sector
• Addressing levels of obesity by allowing for more outdoor sport in the evenings
• Relieving the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and similar conditions
• Reducing crime and the fear of crime (especially among the elderly)

RoSPA is encouraging the public to make sure that the UK’s decision-makers are persuaded of the drive’s popularity by clicking on its big, red “Support Our Campaign” button.

More than 45,000 members of the public signed up to the Lighter Later campaign during the passage of Rebecca Harris’s Bill in 2012. Nearly 22,000 individually written emails were sent to MPs urging them to vote in favour. One hundred and forty six of the 160 MPs present at the final stage voted to progress the debate. Yet the Bill still failed, thanks to the efforts of just 10 MPs.


Conwy JRSO's Support Police Seatbelt CampaignYsgol Cystennin
27/3/14
As part of their In car safety project the Junior Road Saftety Officers
in Conwy decided to do measuring check from Years 1-4 to see if they
were under 135cm and still needed to be on booster seats.

They ran their event alongside the seatbelt campaign from the police, measuring children and with my assistance they gave out advice and information to take home.

 


School Bus-Stop Drop Off Point
26/3/14

Concerns over road safety have led pupils at Raglan Primary School to place four warning signs on their bus bay requesting private drivers stay away and park elsewhere.

children at Raglan Primary SchoolBecause of worries over the likelihood of a mishap due to cars obstructing the school bus drop off point, the school’s seven junior road safety officers contacted our highways staff about vehicles parked without authority forcing buses to relocate to a nearby busy road. In addition, the youngsters maintain some cars enter the bus bay – also the route to the adjacent surgery – at speed and are concerned about potential risks incurred crossing to reach school.

Road safety officer Carolyn Derosaire met the junior road safety officers with schoolteacher Angela Smith and working in conjunction with the surgery they agreed to design and install the warnings which were sponsored by local company Standard Signs. Headteacher Jeremy Piper commented: “We’re hoping that our brightly coloured signs declaring ‘SCHOOL BUSES ONLY!’ will be effective and they could be adopted by other schools in the county suffering similar issues.”

Cabinet member for road safety Councillor Bryan Jones added: “I’m pleased that the young people have taken the initiative to place the signs in the bus bay outside their school and I hope that drivers will take notice. Children, school staff and parents alike are worried that an accident could happen and these warnings give a clear message that motorists must drive and park appropriately. The children should be commended for their help in promoting road safety outside our schools.”


TV Star Urges Public to “Get Involved” During the UK’s First-Ever Family Safety Week
21/3/14

The UK's first-ever Family Safety Week is being launched by RoSPA in a bid to help millions of people protect their loved ones from accidents - the top cause of preventable death.Rospa logo

The week will be kick-started by Martin Roberts, the star of BBC1's Homes Under the Hammer, at Allens Croft Children's Centre, in Birmingham, on Monday, March 24.

Founded by the UK’s top safety charity, the week will run until March 28. Advice and information will be available on the Family Safety Week website and each day will have a different theme:

Monday: Focus on 0-5s - looking around your home from a child’s point of view
Tuesday: Older children - developing water safety skills by learning to swim
Wednesday: Teens and young adults - helping learner drivers
Thursday: Adults - becoming safer drivers at work
Friday: Older people - preventing falls.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is urging people and organisations to get involved by doing one or more of the following things:

• Taking part in the online National Accident Survey. This will give a much-needed snapshot of how accidents affect families and the help they need to prevent them
• Pledging to do something for their family’s safety
• Sharing safety advice with friends, family and colleagues via social media, and downloading a Twibbon to show support on Twitter
• Hosting a safety session that focuses on one (or more) of the week’s themes.

People can find out more at the Family Safety Week website.

Martin Roberts, one of the UK’s most respected property, travel and lifestyle journalists, said: “As soon as I heard about Family Safety Week I wanted to be a part of it. Being the father of two young children and knowing friends and colleagues who've lost loved ones in accidents, I know how crucial it is to get the balance right.

“That's why I'd urge others to get involved! This isn't about overzealous rules and regulations – it is about looking after the ones you love. It's a great idea that I’m sure families will embrace.”

Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA's chief executive, said: “Many people tell us that their family’s safety is their number one priority. They value good advice about accident prevention that’s not over-the-top and enables their family to live life to the full.

“Finding out about some of the common causes of accidents and the simple steps you can take to prevent them could be one of the most important things you do for your loved ones. Family Safety Week will help you to do this.”

Accidents are the UK's biggest killer of children and the leading cause of death up to the age of 39. They are the top cause of early, preventable death for most of our lives. They are also responsible for millions of injuries every year, placing an unbearable strain on families, the NHS, and employers.

RoSPA has been at the heart of accident prevention for almost 100 years. It exists to save lives and reduce injuries in the home, on the roads, during leisure, at work and in schools and colleges.

This year’s Family Safety Week is sponsored by Royal Mail.


Ride Safely Sign'Ride Safely' in Powys
17/3/14

One hundred and fifty ‘Ride Safely’ information posters are currently being placed on roads around the County, Powys County Council has announced, thanks to funding from the Welsh Government.

Not only do the posters act as a reminder to motorcyclists but they also highlight the presence of motorcyclists to all other road users.  Additionally, since 2011, all of the posters also have a grid reference sticker and location marker on the back.  It is hoped that if a motorcyclist is involved in a collision or breaks down, they can use the sticker to provide their exact location on unfamiliar roads.

The sticker comprises of a 12-figure grid reference, which can be given to the emergency services control rooms, together with a description of the road number and route.  These stickers were used to aid the emergency services with 5 collisions in the last financial year.

Cllr John Powell, Cabinet Member for Road Safety, said: “We need to continue to decrease the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads.  We hope that our road safety education, training and publicity will encourage motorcyclists to continue using our roads but in a safe and informed manner.”

Sarah Morris, the Council’s Senior Road Safety Officer, said: “Even though the number of fatal Grid Reference Stickercollisions has decreased overall in recent years, motorcyclists remain one of the most vulnerable road users.

“We hope that the grid reference stickers will continue to be successful by assisting the emergency services to arrive at the exact location of the collision within the golden hour.  This could make the difference between a serious and fatal collision.”

For more information on this scheme and other initiatives available to motorcyclists, please contact the Road Safety Unit on 0845 602 7035 or email road.safety@powys.gov.uk.  Alternatively, you can visit the Unit’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/RoadSafetyPowys


Abergavenny Pupils Get Safety Lessons Charlotte Johnston and Megan Spears Demonstrating First Aid

13/3/14

PUPILS from across Gwent were given safety messages as part of campaigns to tackle bullying, drug misuse and the effects of alcohol.

Students from King Henry VIII School in Abergavenny travelled to the Territorial Army barracks in Ty Coch Way, Cwmbran, to learn about safety.

They were given a range of talks from organisations including BulliesOut, who took the children through the bedroom of a 10-year-old girl and the children had to look for evidence that the girl was being bullied.

The school community police officers from Gwent Police showed the film ‘Picture This’ to discuss bullying and the proper use of mobile phones while the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service showed a film about the risks of leaving hair straighteners on a bed when they are hot.

Drugaid spoke of the short and long term effects of alcohol use, while the British Red Cross demonstrated how to help someone at risk.

Western Power warned of the dangers of electricity, the Food Standards Agency talked about food poisoning and Road Safety Wales spoke of the dangers of not wearing seatbelts.


Josie Pearson MBE and CI Paul EvansPolice Team up with Paralympic Gold Medallist to Launch All Wales Seatbelt Campaign
10/3/14

Gwent Police has teamed up with Paralympic gold medallist Josie Pearson MBE to launch this year’s All Wales Seatbelt Campaign.

Josie sustained life changing injuries which left her paralysed as a result of a road traffic collision that occurred in Goytre, near Abergavenny in 2003. She wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

The two-week seatbelt campaign is being run by all four Welsh police forces from 10th – 23rd March.

The aim of the campaign is not only to enforce the law of wearing a seatbelt in the front and rear of a vehicle, but also to educate, and prevent people putting their lives at risk in the first place by choosing not to belt up.

The offence of not wearing a seatbelt is one of the “fatal 5”; the five offences that cause the most deaths on our roads. The others being careless driving, speeding, drink driving, and driving while on a mobile phone. Drivers or passengers who fail to wear seatbelts could face an on the spot fine of £100 and a maximum fine of £500 if prosecuted.

Gwent’s Roads Policing Chief Inspector, Paul Evans said; “Although this campaign is partly about enforcement, education and prevention are equally, if not more important.

“Putting on a seatbelt should be second nature when getting into a vehicle, whether you are a driver or passenger. By not taking this simple step which takes seconds, you not only put your own life at risk, but also the lives of the other people in your vehicle.

“Officers will be conducting roadside and intelligence-led operations to target those who break the law, and as part of the educational side of the campaign our Collision Investigation Unit will be visiting schools across Gwent to deliver a road safety presentation.”

Although now an elite and extremely successful athlete, Josie Pearson still regrets the day when she got into a car and chose not to wear a seatbelt, she said:

“Putting on a seatbelt should just be a habit, second nature, something you do as soon as you get into a car, before you turn on the ignition.

“Yes, I have been successful and gone on to achieve great things since I had my accident, but I spent 17 years as an able bodied person and I wish I could go back to that day and not get in that car.

“Peer pressure is hugely influential, and people may think it’s cool to be like their friends and not wear a seatbelt, but it’s definitely not! Be a leader, be the sensible one, set a good example and put your belt on, it could save your life.”


Car Control
4/3/14

Ever wondered what happens when your car goes into a skid? Young novice and inexperienced drivers from the Meirionnydd area have been attending a free course offered by The Gwynedd Mon Road Safety Partnership in conjunction with Car Control instructor and owner Malcolm Hamilton atPictured are Gari Wyn Rucigaliano, Jonathon a Jack Newbould who successfully completed training recently. the Llanbedr Airfield Estates.

They have been provided with skills to help keep them safe when driving on the roads especially in preparation for the unpredictable weather such as winter snow and ice.

The Car Control as it is known is the only device that allows drivers to experience how braking, traction control and stability systems work in adverse conditions every day of the year and it is a great way to prepare for the worst on the road and have some fun at the same time.

The young drivers have attempted to be in control of the vehicle whilst experiencing a variety of scenarios where there is loss of grip on the road and this is the best way to learn how to control a skid as it is all done in a safe controlled environment.

Instructor Malcolm Hamilton can impart the following exercises as required
:
• SAFETY BRIEF
• EMERGENCY STOP PROCEDURE
• LOSS OF CONTROL CAUSES
• UNDER STEER, FRONT WHEEL SKID, LOSS OF CONTROL
• OVER STEER, REAR WHEEL SKID, LOSS OF CONTROL
• ACCELERATION, BRAKING, STEERING, DECLUTCH
• NON ABS BRAKING
• ABS BRAKING
• TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEMS
• DRIVING IN ADVERSE CONDITIONS
• AQUAPLANING
• DEBRIEF

Pictured are Gari Wyn Rucigaliano, Jonathon a Jack Newbould who successfully completed training recently.



Operation Options
3/3/14

SeatbeltSouth Wales Fire and Rescue Service, along with Gwent Police and Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council Road Safety Team have been out in force educating local residents on the importance of wearing seatbelts.

On Friday 27th February 2014, Officers undertook an operation in Tredegar, its aim, to inform drivers of the dangers and consequences of not wearing a seatbelt. 

Choosing not to wear a seatbelt can be a fatal decision even on short, familiar journeys and at low speeds. It is illegal not to wear a seatbelt when travelling in a car or goods vehicle and it is the responsibility of the driver to ensure all passengers under the age of 14 are wearing a seatbelt or child restraint.

During the operation, a number of vehicles were stopped by the Police as the drivers were not wearing a seatbelt.  Offenders were given the option of either taking a £100 fine or attending a 30 minute presentation on the consequences of not wearing a seatbelt, delivered by Dave Latham, Regional Road Safety Co-ordinator at South Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

Without a seatbelt, in a collision drivers and passengers can be thrown forward with a force of between 30 to 60 times their own bodyweight and are 1300 times more likely to receive C-Spine injuries.  While the back seat is the safest place to ride in a car, unrestrained back passengers risk serious injury and pose a potentially fatal threat to other passengers during a crash.

Cllr David White, Executive Member for Environment and Regeneration said: “Many reasons are given for not wearing a seatbelt such as being in a hurry or only going on a short trip.  However, none of these excuses suffice. Not wearing a seatbelt can have devastating consequences.  Operation Options highlights the importance of drivers and passengers being properly restrained on every journey.”

For more information about the proper use of seat belts and child car seats please contact the Blaenau Gwent Road Safety Team on 01495 355361.


Free Courses for Mature Drivers
26/2/14

poster advertising coursesIt's never too late to increase our knowledge and driving is no exception. To this end the Vale of Glamorgan Council Road Safety Section is offering half-day refresher courses to residents in the Vale.

The course consists of a half-day theory session plus one hour of practical on-road driving, which is optional. The presentation is given by a highly trained ex-police driver; there is also a talk by a local optician.

It is suitable for people who may wish to update/improve their driving skills, and people who may not have driven for some time and need to regain confidence.

The aim of the course is to encourage good road safety awareness, to reinforce knowledge of road hazards and attitudes to driving and to give confidence in areas of uncertainty.

Courses run throughout the year at various venues in the Vale of Glamorgan. For further information and to register your interest please contact the road safety team on 01446 704768



Biker Down! CymruBiker Down! Cymru
26/2/14

Dates for FREE Biker Down! Cymru events have been released by South Wales Fire & Rescue and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Services.

Monday 17th March at Aberdare Fire Station
Tuesday 25th March at Merthyr Fire Station.
Both courses start at 1830 and finish at 2130.

Thursday 27th March at Brecon Fire Station commencing at 1830 to 2130.

To book a place e-mail info@bikerdowncymru.org.uk or telephone 02920 250600. Spaces are limited so don't delay.


Educating Young Drivers About Road Safety
6/2/14

Road safety events have were recently held at local colleges in Gwynedd and Anglesey to raise awareness of the All Wales Enforcement Campaign run by North Wales Police targeting youngdriving simulator drivers.

During the week long campaign, the Gwynedd Môn Road Safety Partnership arranged presentations and interactive information sessions at Coleg Meirion Dwyfor, Pwllheli and Coleg Menai, Llangefni.

During these sessions, the students were given the opportunity to take part in Mid and West Wales Fire Service latest road safety innovation - an interactive van which contains a driving stimulator which addresses the enforcing issues:

distraction – peer pressure, mobile devices, in-car entertainment, external distraction, etc
effect of alcohol and drugs on both drivers and passengers
dangerous and careless driving behavior, and antisocial behaviour
speeding
wearing a seatbelt.

Councillor Gareth Roberts, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member responsible for road safety said:

“With so many collisions on the road affecting young drivers, it’s very important that they receive the best possible advice about road safety.

“Interactive presentations like these enable young people to experience problems they may face whilst driving, and advises them how to avoid such problems and situations.

“Hopefully sessions like these will encourage them to be more responsible whilst driving, not only for their own safety, but for their passengers and other road users also.”

Road Safety Officers were also on hand to discuss other road safety issues the students wished to discuss.


Free Driving Workshop for Over 60's
5/2/14

Promoted by the North Wales Road Safety Group to update driving skills, the FREE Driving Workshop will develop driving confidence and good driving practice on today's roads. Following the workshop, drivers will be able to sign up for an additional free driving assessment.

Poster of workshopsThe aim of the scheme is to help mature drivers stay safer for longer, by minimising risk to themselves and other road users.

Workshops are to be held at the following locations/dates:

Greenfield Business Centre, Greenfield CH8 7GR - Thursday 27th February 10am to 2.00pm

Faenol Fawr Hotel, Bodelwyddan, LL18 5UN - Wednesday 5th March 10 am to 2 pm

Conwy Business Centre, Llandudno Junction LL31 -9XX Wednesday 19th March 10am to 2.00pm

Gwersyllt Community Resource Centre, Gwyersyllt - LL11 4ED Thursday 20th March 10am to 2.00pm

 

 


New Road Safety Course for Young Teenagers
4/2/14

Young Powys teenagers have an opportunity during the half term holiday to learn safe driving practices thanks to a new and free road safety course.

Powys County Council’s Road Safety Unit is holding its new ‘Teen Drive’ courses throughout the ounty during the half term week in February. The courses are completely free for all 14-17 year olds who live or study in Powys, thanks to funding from the Welsh Government.

The ‘Teen Drive’ course will include with workshops with the police and fire service, first aid trainers and approved driving instructors. The workshops will enable candidates to:

• Drive a dual-controlled car in a safe environment (off-road)
• Learn valuable, life-saving skills
• Gain road safety advice
• Learn about drink/drug driving, collisions, speeding, mobile phone and seatbelt use.

Kate Davies, the council’s Early-Years Road Safety Officer, said: “As one of our most vulnerable road users, it is important that we provide our young drivers with the skills to make them safer on our roads.

“This new course will instil safe driving practices to those who attend and provide valuable skills and education before they formally start learning to drive.”

Courses will run from 9am-12.30pm or 1.30-4.30pm at the following locations:

• Tuesday 25 February: Neath Port Talbot College’s Newtown Campus, Newtown
• Wednesday 26 February: Livestock Market, Brecon
• Thursday 27 February: Market Car Park, Rhayader.


Places are limited so you need to book your place on the course in advance. If you would like more information or to book, contact road.safety@powys.gov.uk or ring 01597 826501

You can also visit the Road Safety Unit’s Facebook page for information on all available courses www.facebook.com/roadsafetypowys


Pontypool School Parking Problems Tackled
3/2/14

George Street Primary, Pontypool, is the latest Torfaen school to operate a green cone scheme to combat the problem of motorists parking inconsiderately.

Green traffic cones are placed on both sides of the road so parents and pupils have a clear view inhildren from George Street Primary School under the guidance of Head Teacher Julie Wood launched the school's green cone scheme to stop parents parking illegally. Pictured front is Jessica Parfitt aged 9 from year 5 placing a cone on the road. both directions and the children can cross safely. The executive member for neighbourhood services, Councillor John Cunningham, said: “The green cone scheme offers a simple solution to what can be a dangerous problem. “I am sure it will see a reduction in parking problems and congestion around the school during peak times. The main concern has to be the safe transportation of children to and from school. When too many vehicles try to park outside a school at the same time, it can pose a danger to the pupils.”

Head teacher Julie Wood added: “We are very hopeful that the scheme will support the school in our constant endeavour to ensure all pupils leave and enter our school site safely. We feel that this is a very important initiative and hope that it will prove to be very successful.”


Christmas Anti Drink and Drug Drive Campaign Results
21/1/14

Over 460 drivers in Wales were caught over the drink drive limit during the All Wales Christmas Anti Drink and Drug Driving Campaign.

All Wales Christmas Anti Drink and Drug Driving CampaignThroughout the month-long campaign 35,255 drivers throughout Wales were breath tested between 1st December 2013 and 1st January 2014.

North Wales Police carried out 18,159 breath tests with 107 being positive. In Dyfed Powys a total of 11,281 breath tests were carried out, with 161 being positive. In Gwent officers tested 2,470 drivers, with 39 being positive, and South Wales Police administered 3,345 tests with 158 positive results.

Some of the highest readings recorded during the campaign in North Wales were 133, 129 and 124 – the legal limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. All three individuals have been charged and have appeared/are due to appear before the courts.

The campaign was launched with support from the family of Kieran Lea Arnold, who was tragically killed following a road traffic collision by a drink driver who was twice the legal limit last June.

The 21-year-old plumber sustained fatal injuries during the two-vehicle collision which happened on the A541 Pontblyddyn to Caergwrle road.

As a result of the collision 48-year-old Robert Bryn Williams was sentenced to five years four months imprisonment and was banned from driving for three years.

Speaking on behalf of the Welsh forces, Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Pritchard said: “Although warnings were issued throughout the campaign 465 drivers throughout Wales chose to ignore those warnings by risking their own lives and the lives of others by breaking the law. This is very disappointing.

“It is also astonishing to see that some were almost four times the legal limit. It is clear that these individuals showed a complete disregard for the safety of other road users as well as their own.

“Driving with excess alcohol or under the influence of drugs is not just a criminal offence but also completely unacceptable.

He added: “However, drink driving is not just about Christmas. It ruins lives all year round. Perpetual drink drivers will choose to drink and drive any day of the year so we need support from the public 365 days a year to help us take these people off the roads of Wales.”

If you have information relating to someone you think is driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs, please contact North Wales Police on 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999.

Notes:

ŽDuring the 2012 Christmas Campaign 35,493 drivers were breath tested throughout Wales.

North Wales Police carried out 18,780 breath tests - with 107 being positive. In Dyfed Powys a total of 11,075 breath tests were carried out, with 200 being positive. In Gwent officers tested 1,935 drivers, with 39 being positive, and South Wales Police administered 3,703 tests with 156 positive results.

ŽDuring the 2011 campaign police throughout Wales tested a total of 27,744 motorists, with 545 individuals returning either positive results or failing/refusing to take a breath test. North Wales Police tested 9,042 drivers with 95 of those being positive.

Further information regarding the penalties for drink or drug driving is available in the ‘Advice & Support’ section

North Wales’ highest readings:

ŽA 27-year-old man from the Gwersyllt area who had a breath test reading of 133 appeared before Wrexham Magistrates Court on December 20th. He was subsequently jailed for six weeks and banned from driving for four years.

ŽA 55-year-old man from the Rhyl area who had a breath test reading of 129 appeared before Prestatyn Magistrates on December 23rd. He was subsequently ordered to carry out 120 hours unpaid work, disqualified from driving for 32 months and ordered to pay costs.

ŽA 44-year-old man from the London area, who had a breath test reading of 124 was charged and bailed to appear before Holyhead Magistrates on January 16th. He has since been further released on bail to appear before Holyhead Magistrates on March 28th.

ŽA 41-year-old woman from the Leicestershire area who had a breath test reading of 111 has been charged and bailed to appear before Caernarfon Magistrates on 22nd January.


FREE 'Ride On' Courses in Powys
20/1/14

Motorcyclists in Powys are being encouraged to refresh their riding skills by taking part in a free ‘Ride On’ course facilitated by the council’s Road Safety Unit.

‘Ride On’ is a one day course designed to give riders an insight into advanced riding techniquesRide On course, which consists of a short informal theory session, followed by an assessment ride out.

Utilising the tutor’s bike mounted cameras, riders will be able to view and analyse their own biking techniques and gain advice on how to get more from their riding. The afternoon session of this course will enable participants to have a 2 hour ride out.

Two courses have been booked at the Drama Centre, Llandrindod Wells on Saturday 15th March and Sunday 30th March. The courses are completely free for those who live or work in Powys and lunch and refreshments are provided, thanks to funding from the Welsh Government.

For further information or to book a place, please contact the Road Safety Unit on 01597 826637 or email road.safety@powys.gov.uk. Please note that spaces are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

You can also visit the Road Safety Unit’s Facebook page for information on all available courses, www.facebook.com/RoadSafetyPowys


Child Car Seat Checks Available for FREE
20/1/14

Residents in Powys who use a child car seat can have them checked out by Powys County Council for free to ensure that they are fitted correctly.

child car seat checksDuring 2012-13, the council’s Road Safety Unit checked 271 child car seats and found 181 had faults, which were rectified by trained road safety officers. The vast majority of faults found, included wrong seatbelt routing, twisted belts or loose seats, which may contribute to serious injuries in the event of a vehicle crash.

Sarah Morris, the council’s Senior Road Safety Officer, said: “I encourage anyone who uses a child car seat to make use of this important service. These checks will not cost you anything and could ultimately save your child’s life.

“Please come to see us for a car seat check, child seat laws and fitting advice. Anything we can do to increase your child’s safety could make a big difference in the event of a collision.

“Every year around 100,000 children in the UK are involved in collisions and the fitting of their car seat can have a serious impact on whether or not they are injured.

“We check the car seat to see if it is suitable for your child and if it is compatible with your vehicle. If the seat or the harness needs to be adjusted, our officers are trained to show parents or carers how to fit the seat correctly.”

Day nurseries, playgroups or parent and toddler groups can also contact the unit if they want a road safety officer to attend and carry out this important service.

To book a car seat check call 01874 612355 (Brecknockshire), 07909 895346 (Montgomeryshire) or 01597 826637 (Radnorshire).

For further information, telephone the Road Safety Unit on 0845 6027030 or email road.safety@powys.gov.uk. You can even ask for advice via the Road Safety Unit’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/RoadSafetyPowys


Wearing a Seat Belt is not an Option!
14/1/14

Road Safety Officers from Caerphilly County Borough Council, Gwent Police and South Wales Fire and Rescue have been out in force educating Caerphilly residents on the importance of wearing a seatbelt.

On Monday 13th January 2014, Officers undertook an operation in Abercarn aimed at parents who Police checking car occupants for seat beltsdrive their children to school without using their seatbelts.

Choosing not to wear a seatbelt can be a fatal decision even on short, familiar journeys and at low speeds. It is illegal not to wear a seatbelt when travelling in a car or goods vehicle and it is the responsibility of the driver to ensure all passengers under the age of 14 are wearing a seatbelt or child restraint.

The operation known as “Mini-Options” took place on High Street between 8:30am and 9:15am. During this time 11 vehicles were identified and stopped by Gwent Police as the Driver’s were not wearing a seat belt. Offenders were given the “Option” to take a £100 fine or attend a 15 minute presentation on the consequences of not wearing a seatbelt delivered at Abercarn Fire Station by Dave Latham, Road Safety Watch Manager.

Cllr Tom Williams, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transportation & Engineering said, “Not wearing a seatbelt when travelling can have devastating consequences. It is vital that drivers and passengers wear a seatbelt at all times as they can save lives. Operations such as this highlight the importance of wearing a seat belt not just to the driver of the vehicle but also to their passengers and families.”


Caldicot's Zone Youth Centre receive Certificate
14/1/14

Receiving Certificate The Leader of Monmouthshire County Council, Peter Fox, and the Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner, Ian Johnson, met with members of Caldicot's Zone Youth Centre - the recent winners of the Monmouthshire heat of the multi-media section of the All Wales Anti Drink Drive Competition - on Monday 13th January.

This was an opportunity for the youngsters to discuss and provide a viewing of their entry, a poignant and personal response following the aftermath of a drink drive incident.

The entry can be viewed using the following link:

See video

 


Vale of Glamorgan Council Road Safety Awards 2013
6/1/14

The annual presentation awards ceremony was recently held at the Docks Office in Barry to recognise the continuing high standards achieved by Vale of Glamorgan Council School Crossing Patrols (SCPs) and the volunteers involved with the child pedestrian training scheme Kerbcraft in Vale Primary Schools.

Everyone, whether acting in a paid or voluntary role, was commended for their professionalism andSCP of the year enthusiasm in helping to provide children and adults with safe crossing points throughout the Vale despite the seemingly ever increasing amount of traffic.

Rob Thomas, Director of Development Services, said: "The success of any scheme relies upon the dedication and commitment of the individuals involved, be it on a voluntary basis or in a paid role. To remain enthusiastic and continue to smile whilst standing in the pouring rain takes a very dedicated individual’.

He paid tribute to over 200 Kerbcraft volunteers who have freely given up their time since 2002 to step-up to the challenge of helping prepare young road users to be safe pedestrians. Those first 5 and 6 year-old pupils who were trained 11 years ago may soon be leaving school and applying for their driving licenses!’

Since Kerbcraft started in Wales, child pedestrian training has involved nearly 5000 children in the Vale of Glamorgan alone. Several awards were presented to volunteers from School Crossing Patrols and Kerbcraft, whose efforts were particularly appreciated over the past twelve months.

Rob Thomas, Director of Development Services, said: "The success of any scheme relies upon the dedication and commitment of the individuals involved, be it on a voluntary basis or in a paid role. To remain enthusiastic and continue to smile whilst standing in the pouring rain takes a very dedicated individual’.

He paid tribute to over 200 Kerbcraft volunteers who have freely given up their time since 2002 to step-up to the challenge of helping prepare young road users to be safe pedestrians. Those first 5 and 6 year-old pupils who were trained 11 years ago may soon be leaving school and applying for their driving licenses!’

Since Kerbcraft started in Wales, child pedestrian training has involved nearly 5000 children in the Vale of Glamorgan alone. Several awards were presented to volunteers from School Crossing Patrols and Kerbcraft, whose efforts were particularly appreciated over the past twelve months.

Rob Thomas thanked everyone for attending: “Whether you are a School Crossing Patrol, a Kerbcraft volunteer, a student, parent or teacher, or officer, you can all be very proud that there are thousands of adults and children who are able to enjoy this Christmas thanks to your continuing efforts and hard work for road safety.”

For the SCP Service, which was celebrating its 60th anniversary year in 2013, the Area Winners were:

Llantwit Major & the Rural Vale
Alison Richardson from Eagleswell Primary School who plays many active roles within the school community, both inside and outside, and has supported and encouraged the School Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs) to spread the road safety message to both parents and pupils alike.

Barry
Barrie Evans, a Mobile Patrol Officer for the past year who started outside St Helen’s Junior School over three years ago and is currently covering Rhws Primary School. A very popular and reliable officer.

Penarth, Sully and Dinas Powys
Elaine Storey supports pupils to cross the road from a variety of schools in Penarth on Redlands Road. With over 13 years of service to her name, she has always been creative and innovative with ideas to support her role, visiting schools and rewarding positive behaviour for those who cross with her. Sadly she will be leaving her post after Christmas and will be missed by everyone.

Special Award
A Special Award was presented to Karin Williams who, while patrolling outside Rhws Primary School on 20 June, was involved in a ‘freak’ incident when a car flipped over and mounted the kerb where she and a group of children and parents were standing. Protecting the children, Karin took the full force of the impact and sustained very serious injuries. Onlookers said that several children would have died or would have had far worse injuries themselves if it had not been for Karin’s courageous and brave reactions. Nominated and deservedly winning a ‘Pride of Britain’ Award, Karin is making a remarkable recovery and was there to receive her SCP Special Award from Councillor Lis Burnett, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation.

A stalwart of the SCP Service since 1998 and a real ‘Ambassador’ for all School Crossing Patrols, Jean Hatter can be relied upon to cover all sites and undertake training or provide support. Popular with fellow officers and the public alike, and always showing the utmost dedication and commitment to her work, this year probably proved to be her most challenging. On the afternoon of the accident at Rhws, the crossing point needed to be covered and this lady was sent to do the job. She managed to remain calm, despite everything going on around her, and used her experience to ensure the safety of everyone crossing with her. Over the following weeks her manner and continuing professionalism helped to relieve the anxiety of the children and parents attending Rhws School and restore their confidence, once again, in using this school crossing patrol point. A lady who always carries out her job to the best of her ability and fully deserves the title and famous SCP shield.

A random draw was made of all the volunteers’ names, many of which have been involved with the scheme for a number of years. The winners chosen to represent every person who freely gives up their time to help the children were:

•Joanna Hopkins and Lisa Guy who coincidentally are both dedicated volunteers at Rhws Primary School.

Competition Winners
Competition winners with RSO John RogersPresentations were also made to the winners of the Road Safety Competitions held during 2013. These were:

•School Crossing Patrol Diamond Anniversary Banner Competition: Seren Russell (Winner – Ysgol Pen y Garth), Rosa Davies (Runner-up - Ysgol Bro Morganwg), Lewys Williams (Runner-up - Ysgol Bro Morganwg)

•Drink-Drive Multimedia Competition: The winning DVD was produced by 3 students from Year 8 at Cowbridge Comprehensive School: Helen Jenkins, Freya Evans & Francesca Weir
•Drink-Drive Poster Competition: Freya Large (Winner – Peterston-S-Ely Primary School), Runners-up: Finn Martin-Jones, Daisy Martin-Jones & Livvy Cross (all PSE), Runners-up: Erin Evans & Phoebe-Mai Bagshaw (both Murch Junior School)


Pupils Bring Colour to Anti-Drink Drive Campaign
7/1/14

School pupils in Caerphilly county borough have used their artistic talents to dissuade drivers from getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.

Earlier this year Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Road Safety team and Gwent Police invited children from primary and secondary schools across the county borough to create posters that showed the consequences of drink driving. The best entry in the primary school category went to Pontllanfraith Primary pupil Cerys Burland, while Patrick McLaughlin took the top prize among secondary school entries. Both winners were awarded a £50 high street voucher.

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Cllr Tom Williams presents Lewis School Pengam pupil Patrick McLaughlin with his prize

The winners of the competition were announced during Caerphilly County Borough Council’s annual School Crossing Patrol Review and Road Safety Seminar, held on Thursday 12th December.

It gave those in attendance an opportunity to review the year’s successes and work done to improve road safety in the county borough – most notably that the Road Safety team had exceeded previous targets for accident prevention.

The event also acted as an opportunity to thank Road Safety Officers, School Crossing Patrol Officers and volunteers for their hard work throughout the year.

Pupils from Markham Primary School brought the Review and Seminar to life with entertaining renditions of popular Christmas carols. The school has shown a long-term commitment to road safety and sustainable travel, with pupils travelling to and from school via the Walking Bus.

Cllr Tom Williams, Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Transportation & Engineering, said: “The Council’s Road Safety team, a network of volunteers and School Crossing Patrol Officers work together to help ensure that youngsters understand the importance of road safety.

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Cllr Tom Williams presents prizewinner Cerys Burland with a £50 voucher

“This winning partnership continues to implement a wide variety of initiatives to help our children make safe journeys to and from school, and the acclaim bestowed on them today is duly deserved.”

For more information, please contact the Road Safety Team on 01495 235 402. Further details about School Crossing Patrols can be obtained by contacting Sandra Bennett on 01495 235 109 or by visiting www.caerphilly.gov.uk.

 

 


Abergavenny Cyclists Recognised for their Cycle Safety
17/12/13

Three local Abergavenny cyclists were recently rewarded for their hard work towards improving their cycle proficiency yesterday.

CSO Amanda Yung, Chief Inspector Jo Bull, Dan, Marcus and Stephen and Carolyn Derosaire - congratulations all!Dan Millward, Marcus Hughes and Stephen Knight have been working towards a cycle proficiency qualification and were given certificates by Monmouthshire Chief Inspector Jo Bull to mark their achievement.

It was recognised that the 3 men would benefit from some cycle skills following discussions with their local REACH organisation and Monmouthshire County Council Road Safety Department.

The training was delivered by Community Support Officer Amanda Yung and lesson plans were developed and tailored specifically to the needs of the three men, working on what they wanted to improve about their own road safety awareness.

Lessons covered topics such as road signs and markings, safety clothing including helmets and high visibility clothes to stand out in bad weather or at night and also bike maintenance.

Community Support Officer Amanda Yung explained, ‘No training of this kind had previously been delivered as most cycle proficiency is delivered at school age. I enjoyed being involved in the training and was happy to help develop the cycle skills of these local residents.’

Carolyn Derosaire from Monmouthshire County Council Road Safety Department added, ‘The men have all done a fantastic job, they made sure they prepared before each class and came out in all weathers.’

Tina Dumelow from REACH said, ‘We’re very grateful to Amanda and Carolyn for making this training possible. All three have benefitted hugely and have developed skills they can use on a daily basis. The training has improved their confidence when out and about on their bikes and made them much more aware of health and safety to themselves and the public.’


Poster Competition Area Winners
13/12/13
Road Safety Wales is very grateful to all the young artists who submitted their exceptional entries to the re-introduced Anti Drink Drive Poster Competition.

Seven outstanding regional posters have been selected by the judges (three in the junior category and four in the senior category) and the winning artists will receive their £50 prize in presentations across Wales.

The overall winner, Kieran Jenkins of Cynffig Comprehensive School, Bridgend, travelled to the launch of the All Wales Anti Drink/Drug Driving campaign, to collect his prizes. Kieran’s poster  which can be downloaded here will be used by by road safety partners across Wales to promote the anti drink drive message.

Susan Storch, Chair of Road Safety Wales said: “Road Safety Wales is very grateful to all those who have made this year’s poster competition a success. To the artists and to the local authority road safety officers and other partners who promoted the competition throughout Wales.

 “Congratulations all those who participated in the competition, not just the winners, but everyone from across Wales, who took the time and effort to consider this vitally important message.

 “I hope these posters will bring the message home to all who see them, that drinking and driving is gambling with your licence, your life and the lives of other people.”

Here are the Area winners:

Gwent Senior Winner Gwent Junior Winner
Gwent Senior Winner Gwent Junior
Alice Bradshaw, Tredegar Comprehensive Carys Burland, Pontllanfraith Prmary School
   
South Wales Senior Winner South Wales Junior Winner
SW Senior Winner South Wales Junior Winner
Kieran Jenkins, Cynffig Comprehensive Ben Thomas, Ysgol y Login Fach
   
North Wales Senior Winner North Wales Junior Winner
North Wales Senior Winner North Wales Junior Winner
Rob Sites, Heulfan School Charlie Ellis, Penarlag CP School
Dyfed Powys Winner  
Dyfed Powys Winner  
Lucy Brown, Ysgol Dôlafon, Llanwrtyd Wells  

Working Together to Improve Road Safety
10/12/13

With statistics showing that young drivers remain the most likely to be involved in road traffic collisions, the Gwynedd-Mon Road Safety Partnership is currently visiting secondary schools in Gwynedd to raise awareness about the dangers posed to young people on the roads.

Road safety officers from Gwynedd Council were joined by representatives from the emergencyRaising awareness services at a recent event at Ysgol y Moelwyn, Blaenau Ffestiniog. Pupils had the chance to take part in a simulator, use an interactive safety vehicle which highlights the dangers faced by young people on the road and listened to presentations from road safety professionals.

Councillor Gareth Roberts, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Environment said:

“With so many collisions on the road affecting our young people, I was very pleased to take part in the recent event at Ysgol y Moelwyn and to see that Gwynedd’s young people receive the best possible advice about road safety.

“By working with our partners, we hope to reduce the number of young people involved in road traffic collisions and to ensure their safety on the roads.

“These young people are just a year or two away from being provisional driving licence holders, and we hope that this initiative will encourage them to be responsible when driving - not only for themselves, but for the passengers that they are carrying and other road users.”

In Wales, young drivers (17 to 26 years old) and their passengers are disproportionately at risk of being seriously injured on our roads and they are considered to be the most at risk age group – making up 11% of driving licence holders but 23% of casualties in 2011.

Young drivers are more likely to be involved in a collision during the first six months of passing their test and are inclined to drive inappropriately because of lack of experience. There is evidence to suggest that targeting pre-learner drivers through education and training can help people develop better driving skills.

The road safety roadshow – supported by the Gwynedd-Mon Road Safety Partnership - is currently visiting secondary schools across the Meirionnydd area. The partnership includes Gwynedd Council, the Isle of Anglesey County Council, North Wales Police, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and the Welsh Ambulance Service.


Police launch their Christmas Anti Drink and Drug Driving Campaign
6/12/13
Photograph of a postcard with the 2013 stats for North Wales Police The family of a man who was killed by a drink driver are joining forces with the police to help launch their annual Christmas Anti Drink and Drug Driving Campaign. Kieran Lea Arnold from Cymau near Wrexham was killed following a road traffic collision on the A541 Pontblyddyn to Caergwrle road in June this year.

The 21-year-old plumber sustained fatal injuries during the two-vehicle collision of which one of the drivers, Robert Bryn Williams was found to be twice over the legal drink drive limit. After pleading guilty the 48-year-old was recently sentenced to five years four months imprisonment and was banned from driving for three years.

Kieran’s Mum, Mrs Donna Lea is helping North Wales Police as they launch the campaign on behalf of the four Welsh police forces.

Speaking during a short film created by the Force, Mrs Lea explained how losing Kieran has become a living nightmare for the family. She said: “Drink driving ruins people’s lives, it is total devastation for our family who now have been given a life sentence of living without our son, brother and grandson. It’s all been taken away by somebody who had the selfish attitude of thinking ‘you know, I’m going to have that extra drink’.”

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“Kieran was a very popular lad who was well thought of by everybody – especially by his two younger brothers, Aaron and Steffan who adored him. As a youngster he was very sporty and played football for many local teams. As he got older he was passionate about going to the gym and started bodybuilding – even competing in the Mr Wales championships last year.

“He was a gentle giant who was very quietly spoken and loved his job as a plumber.”

Kieran was on his way home from work when the collision happened at around 5pm on Monday 17th June. Mrs Lea said: “The day started off as a normal working day. In the morning the boys went to school, my husband went to work, and I went to work a shift at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

“My husband had spoken to Kieran about when he was coming home at tea time, and it was only later on in the evening I was informed, whilst I was in work, of the accident.

“It’s one of the most horrific things you can ever be told and to be brought out of work and to be faced by police officers. It’s one of the hardest things and it’s every parent’s nightmare - a nightmare that you realise you are never going to wake up from and that you’ve got to live with it for the rest of your life.”

“For those who continue to drink and drive I would beg them not to do it. It’s just not worth it.

During the 2012 Christmas campaign over 500 drivers in Wales were caught over the drink drive limit after 35,493 breath tests.

North Wales Police carried out 18,780 breath tests – double the amount carried out during the 2011 Christmas campaign with 107 of those being positive.

The two highest readings recorded by North Wales Police during the 2012 Christmas campaign were 147 and 142, where two individuals were over four times the legal drink drive limit. The legal limit is 35.

Over the next four weeks, thousands of motorists face being stopped as teams from the four forces – North Wales, Dyfed Powys, South Wales and Gwent - conduct road checks at various locations across the country.

Deputy Chief Constable of North Wales Police Gareth Pritchard said: “To lose a child must be one of the hardest things a parent can face and I would like to thank Kieran’s family for assisting us with this year’s campaign.

“This year's All Wales Christmas Anti Drink Drive campaign will once again set about warning drivers that drinking and driving will not be tolerated.

“If you drink and drive you significantly increase the risk of killing an innocent person, or yourself or both. It is really that simple.

He added: “Drink driving is not just about Christmas. It ruins lives all year round. Perpetual drink drivers will choose to drink and drive any day of the year so we need support from the public 365 days a year to help us take these people off the roads of Wales.”

“Please don’t drink and drive. Think about the consequences. You could face losing your licence and your job, face imprisonment and, much worse, have to live with the guilt of taking a life for the rest of yours. Don’t take the risk.”

Susan Storch, Chair of Road Safety Wales said: “Unfortunately too many drivers are still prepared to risk driving under the influence of drink or drugs. No-one should be in any doubt that alcohol, in any amount, will have a detrimental effect on driving ability. Road Safety Wales partners are committed to educating people about the consequences of impairment, and fully support the Police during this seasonal campaign, and throughout the year.”

If you have information relating to someone you think is driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs, please contact North Wales Police on 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999.


Young People Highlight Drink-Drive Issues
3/12/13

Anti Drink Drive poster The sixth All Wales Multimedia Competition by Road Safety Wales challenged all Welsh schools, colleges and youth groups to devise, perform and record a presentation with an anti drink-drive message using a variety of genre: film, music, PowerPoint, poetry, animation – the choice was theirs.

The winning videos, which premiered at the launch of the All Wales Anti Drink and Drug Driving campaign, will now be used by police to and their partners in Road Safety Wales to highlight the consequences of drink driving.

Four regional winners, who each received a £500 prize, viewed their work on the big screen at the Cineworld, Llandudno Junction event yesterday.

For the Gwent Police Force region - Coleg Gwent at Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone. Its entry, “The Next Day”, is a timely reminder that drivers need to be very aware that even though it’s a new day, they could still be over the drink-drive limit following a night out. Drivers may do the right thing on the night by not driving – but then get behind the wheel the following morning without considering that they are very probably still way over the drink drive limit. The film highlights the consequences of doing just that.

Last year, Coleg Menai, Anglesey, submitted an entry which was highly commended by the judges. This year, the students have been selected as North Wales winners thanks to their submission, “Teddy Bear”. The video emphasises the consequences of drink driving , not just for the driver, but for their passengers and other road users.

Spark Blaenymaes Youth Project, from Swansea, produced the regional winning entry for South Wales. Their film “A Christmas Carol” is a drama based around the serious, life changing implications of drinking and driving on family’s life. Six young people aged 11-13 devised the concept which became “A Christmas Carol”

Dyfed Powys – The winning entry for the Dyfed Powys Police region is an animation by Ben Dazeley of Pembrokeshire College, titled “Barcula”. Ben has utilised his terrific animation skills to effectively deliver the message that drinking and drug driving is an undesirable cocktail which brings a host of very negative consequences.

In addition to this year’s Multimedia competition, Road Safety Wales re-introduced the Anti Drink Drive Poster Competition. We are very grateful to all those young artists who contributed with their exceptional entries.

Eight outstanding regional posters were selected by the judges (four in the junior category and four in the senior category) and the winning artists will receive their £50 prize in presentations across Wales during the next week. The overall winner,  Kieran Jenkins of Cynffig Comprehensive School, Bridgend, attended the campaign launch to collect his prizes. Kieran’s poster will be used by road safety partners across Wales to promote the anti drink drive message.

Susan Storch, Chair of Road Safety Wales, said: “I would like to congratulate all those who participated in the competitions, not just the winners, but everyone from across Wales, who took the time and effort to consider this vitally important message.

“The festive season should be a time when people enjoy themselves. Unfortunately, too many drivers are still prepared to risk driving under the influence of drink or drugs. No-one should be in any doubt that alcohol, in any amount, will have a detrimental effect on driving ability. Every year across Wales and the UK, impaired driving causes unnecessary deaths and casualties that could easily be prevented.

“I hope these films and poster will bring the message home to all who see them, that drinking and driving is gambling with your licence, your life and the lives of other people.”

The competitions, which were promoted by Road Safety Wales partners, were launched to young people across Wales in September and inspired a host of schools, colleges and organisations to deliver an impactive anti drink drive message using their creative talents.

All four films can be viewed at: www.youtube.com/user/rospatube and Kieran’s poster can be downloaded here


Lollipop Boys and Girls
27/11/13

Primary school children in Swansea have been given the chance to dress up as lollipop boys andSwansea City and County Council logo girls to get the road safety message across.

Swansea Council officers visited local schools during National Road Safety Week, to pass on life-saving skills to children.

To celebrate the week, year one and two pupils at Danygraig Primary School had a special assembly where pupils dressed up as one of the city’s many road-crossing heroes — lollipop men and women.

The council’s road safety team has been given two specially-made patrol uniforms and matching lollipop stop signs which they will use to help promote road safety.

Insurance firm Admiral is the official sponsor for the uniforms.

June Burtonshaw, the council’s cabinet member for place, said: “Road safety is such an important part of a child’s learning.

“The school crossing patrols do an excellent job in the communities and the majority of children can relate to them as someone who helps them during the school day.

“I’m sure the children will enjoy dressing up and getting involved in road safety week.”

Admiral managing director Dave Halliday added: “As a car insurance company there is a natural link to road safety. The school patrol officers do a fantastic job and our staff will be proud to see the company they work for supporting this great initiative.

“The majority of our staff’s children attend local schools so this sponsorship is not only helping our staff but their family members, neighbours and friends. I think you will agree the kids look great in their road safety jackets.”


Welsh Drivers Back Lower Drink Drive Limit
26/11/2013

The results of a survey of drivers in Wales, published today by Alcohol Concern, show that around Welsh roadhalf are in favour of reducing the amount of alcohol that can be consumed before getting behind the wheel.

Of 500 Welsh drivers questioned, 51% agreed that the drink drive limit should be lowered in Wales, and only 12% strongly disagreed.

The survey findings are included in a new Alcohol Concern report On the Road, published on the same day as new Welsh Government statistics showing that 1 in 9 motorists killed in traffic collisions in 2012 was over the legal blood alcohol limit for driving. http://wales.gov.uk/docs/statistics/2013/131126-drinking-driving-2012-en.pdf


The report also highlights inconsistencies in our attitudes to drinking and driving. Whilst 80% of survey respondents agreed that people should not be allowed to drink any alcohol at all before driving, only 48% said that they themselves would never have alcohol before driving.

One possible reason for this mismatch is that stereotypes about what sort of people are likely to be caught over the limit allow us to drink before driving without considering ourselves ‘drunk drivers’.

Alcohol Concern Cymru Director, Andrew Misell said:

“There is a widespread belief, encouraged by the drinks industry, that ‘drunk drivers’ are a fringe group, beyond the pale of normal drinking society. They’re seen as the most extreme example of the so called ‘mindless minority that does not understand how to drink sensibly’.

“Thinking like this prevents us identifying who it is that is actually drink driving, and taking action to reduce it. Alcohol Concern wants us all, as a drinking society, to start an open and honest conversation about how much we drink, when and why, and about how this impacts on our lives.”

The report, in partnership with Road Safety Wales, traces the history of drinking and travelling from the 18th century stagecoach in rural Wales, to recent proposals to allow motorway pubs.

Chair of Road Safety Wales, Susan Storch said:

“Road fatalities and casualties attributable to drink-driving are preventable. Throughout the year, too many families are affected by the consequences of a driver’s deliberate decision to get behind the wheel whilst impaired. Continued education and enforcement campaigns are needed to keep pressing home the Don’t Drink and Drive message.”

In order to push down levels of alcohol-related harm on the roads, and promote an alcohol-free driving environment, Alcohol Concern recommends:

• Lowering the blood alcohol limit for driving in England and Wales from 80mg to 50mg per 100ml of blood, in line with common practice across Europe; and increasing police powers to stop and test drivers for alcohol
• All messages relating to drinking and driving should make clear that avoiding alcohol entirely before driving is always the safest option
• Given the obvious conflict between the drinks industry’s need to promote the use of alcohol, and the need to promote sensible drinking, and abstinence before driving, alcohol producers should have no role in campaigns against drinking and driving
• Given the clear dangers of making alcohol available for consumption by motorists likely to be travelling at high speed, current proposals to allow the sale of alcohol on motorways should be reversed.


Tune In to Road Safety

26/11/13

Operation BrakeDyfed Powys Police and partners have taken part in the UK’s biggest road safety event co-orindated by Brake which this year focuses on road traffic collisions being caused by distracted drivers.

This year’s theme was ‘tune in to road safety’ and the force was keen to help raise awareness among drivers across the force area of the need to be attentive at all times when driving.

“When driving a vehicle, we all need to ensure we tune in and pay attention,” said Inspector Mark Davies. “This year’s Brake theme was all about reminding people of that.

“And it’s also about making pedestrians, runners and cyclists understand that they need to tune in also.

“Driving is the most dangerous thing that most of us do on a daily basis, and sadly driver distraction is a major cause of death and serious injury in the UK each year.

“Road Safety Week is a unique opportunity for us to help reinforce important safety messages and conduct heightened enforcement or one off special events to encourage safer road use.

Operation Brake“So what I would do is encourage people to switch off their ipods, turn down the radio, pack away the mobile phone and really tune in to what’s going on around you.

“Throughout Road Safety Week, officers were out and about with partner agencies ensuring that drivers are following the law and wearing seatbelts, not using their phones while at the wheel and educating pupils on road safety issues in schools."

 

Following initial checks with a police officer, Gwen Evans and Heulwen Davies from Ceredigion Road Safety carried out drivers and eyesight surveys.


Road Safety Messages from RCT
25/11/13

Road Safety messages are being given loud and clear throughout the County Borough thanks to the dedicated work of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council staff.

asdaRoad Safety Week is a UK-wide event organised annually by Brake, the road safety charity in a bid to promote road safety awareness and safer road use. Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Road Safety Team targeted a wide range of road users through the delivery of road safety education, training and publicity activities.hondda Cynon Taf Council’s Road Safety Team works throughout the year with South Wales Police, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, school pupils, and teachers to ensure continued awareness of the issue, but Road Safety Week sees even more focused initiatives taking place.

During the week a whole host of events were organised throughout the County Borough, involving adults and children alike. With information stands at supermarkets, cycling safety at primary schools, courses for mature drivers to polish up their skills and Kerbcraft events, the amount of activities drew interest from hundreds of local people.

The activities included:

• National Standards Level 1 Cycling at Abercynon Community School

• Road Safety Team, Halfords, South Wales Fire Service, Police and Junior Road Safety Officers from Ton Pentre and Penygraig Juniors set up an information stand at Asda Tonypandy. The theme was Child Car Seat Safety Checks which were carried out by Halfords

• More than 30 pupils from Trerobart and Gelli Primary Schools took part in the Walking Bus initiative which helps reduce traffic around schools, promote exercise and improve the environment

• Mature Drivers Course to give those over the age of 50 the chance to refresh their driving skills, learn about eco driving, basic first aid and car maintenance. Participants were provided with an hour-long driving session with an Approved Driving Instructor

• A Driving Simulator was used at B & Q Pontypridd for shoppers to see how they would drive in bad weather conditions and use emergency braking

• Year 2 pupils at Trallwn Infants School took part in the Kerbcraft scheme which is practical road side training. They are now coming to the end of the 12 week training scheme.

• Pass Plus Cymru course was delivered to students at Tonypandy Community College. The Welsh Government subsidised Pass Plus Cymru scheme was introduced to encourage young drivers to takepart in further driver training, as they are recognised as vulnerable road users. Students took part in a 3 hour discussion forum, which will be followed by 6 hours of on-road training with a driving instructor over the next few weeks.

A variety of activities took place at Dolau Primary School including the Kerbcraft schDolgau schooleme. A new Puffin Crossing was officially opened by Cllr Roger Turner. The new crossing will help over 600 pedestrians cross Bridgend Road every day and will make the route safer for pedestrians, particularly pupils attending Dolau Primary School. Dennis Owen the School Crossing Patrol was also in attendance. The Junior Road Safety Officers carried out a Traffic Survey with help from the Road Safety Team using a speed gun.

• Zarla the Road Safety Mascot also put in an appearance in a number of activities, much to the delight of the younger children

Cllr Andrew Morgan, Cabinet Member for Frontline Services, said: “Every day, there is work taking place by the Road Safety Team, in one form or another, to engage with residents of all ages to ensure we are all safe pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

“Our team works hard with their partners throughout the year to deliver a consistently-excellent and important road safety. The culmination of such hard work results in the Road Safety Week which is a specifically intense five-day period where residents are reminded of the hazards of the road.

“Once again this year the Road Safety Team excelled themselves with the variety of activities on offer, either in schools or public places which attracted interest from hundreds of residents.

“The events were varied and captured the interest of all ages, from young school children to experienced motorists alike. I’m sure everyone who involved themselves in an activity came away more confident and with renewed skills about road safety in all its forms.”


GB Rally Finishes in Conwy
20/11/13

Conwy County Borough Councils Road Safety section attended the GB Rally on Sunday 17th November.

GB RallyThe GB Rally final stage was in Llandudno. The Rally cars went around the Orme and then lined up down the main street in Llandudno for people to take pictures and talk to the drivers. They then went over the final ramp to end the Rally. The event was a success and tens of thousands of people from all over the world poured into Llandudno.

Rally car

The Road Safety department was very busy giving out information and talking to the public about Road Safety initiatives. The young Drivers theme was promoted on the day with the new Pass Plus and Deadly Mates graphics on prime display on the back of the Exhibition Trailer all Rally cars past it.

 


Minister Launches Road Safety Week
18/11/13

To launch Road Safety Week, Transport Minister Edwina Hart has announced a consultation on producing new statutory guidance for risk assessing walked routes to school to improve the safety of children.

Mrs Hart said:
“I want to ensure children are able to walk to school safely. Together with our investment in the safe routes in communities programme, traffic calming measures around schools and training programmes such as Kerbcraft this guidance will help create an environment in which children can travel to school safely.

We have listened to the concerns of the Children’s Commissioner and Assembly Members about the previous guidance and this revision addresses those issues. I would encourage children, parents and teachers to have their say on this important issue.”

The consultation focuses on improving the current risk assessment for walking routes to school. It will run until 7 February 2014. Further information is available on the Weslh Government website.

The Welsh Government will be working with the Children’s Commissioner for Wales in seeking the views of children and young people in developing the guidance.  

Keith Towler, Children’s Commissioner for Wales said:

“The Safety on Learner Transport (Wales) Measure 2011 is clearly focussed on promoting the welfare of and safeguarding of children and young people during their journeys to schools and other educational settings. Where a child or young person regards themselves as unsafe on a walked route to school, and suffers anxiety or stress as a result of this, they are less likely to be able to engage in and benefit from their right to education.

That is why Welsh Government’s response to the concerns I have raised is so welcome. I look forward to the development of guidance that will ensure equal regard for the welfare of children and young people travelling to school on foot.”

The consultation has been launched on the first day of Road Safety Week, which aims to raise awareness of a number of issues around making our roads safer for drivers and pedestrians.

Mrs Hart added:

“Road Safety Week is an important opportunity to promote safer road use. The Welsh Government is committed to making our roads safer for drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists. We recently published our road safety framework which sets-out how we will try to reduce the number of road traffic collisions, particularly those which result in serious and fatal injuries.

There is also a lot of good work going on at a local level across Wales to improve safety for drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists and make them more aware of potential dangers. We will continue to support and work with our partners across Wales to deliver such schemes.”


Newport Bus Campaign Launched on Tragedy Anniversary
18/11/13

A Newport-based bus safety group is today launching a national campaign to change minibus driving laws – on the 20th anniversary of the worst minibus crash the UK has ever seen.

Pressure group Busk have teamed up with some of the parents of the 12 children who died on November 18, 1993 as they were driven home from London to Hagley High School in Worcestershire by their teacher, who was also killed after falling asleep at the wheel on the M40.

The campaign – called ‘Now is the time...’ – is calling on the UK Government to put an end to a system under which teachers and other volunteers can drive school-owned minibuses, carrying up to 16 passengers, without having to sit a minibus driving test, pass a medical, or carry out safety checks, unlike commercial drivers.

BUSK director Pat Harris said children were being put at risk “on a daily basis”, including wheelchair users and those with special needs. She said this was a result of Permit 19 licences – which are issued to schools by local authorities, and not the DVLA. “No regulating body monitors any of these Permit 19 minibus operations once they are up and running and that is no longer acceptable,” added Ms Harris, who has called for them to be scrapped altogether.

She called a UK refusal more than twenty years ago to become regulated - when all other EU member states agreed it was necessary on grounds of passenger safety - a mistake. “The UK government could have prevented the M40 crash by ending this two-tier system if it has signed the agreement but instead it failed to put children’s safety first,” she said. “Its continued failure to protect passengers is a disgrace.”

Busk has dedicated a part of its website to tributes for the victims of the tragic accident 20 years ago.

The family of Claire Fitzgerald, 13, who lost her life, has spoken out for the first time since the tragedy in support of the campaign push.

They said in a statement: “Surely as a lasting memorial to Claire and her friends, those wonderful, talented children whose lives were ended much too early because they were failed by the system, now is the time to show them and their families the respect they deserve but have not yet been afforded.”

Ms Harris urged parents and minibus drivers to get in touch with BUSK, either anonymously or otherwise, for answers or advice.

To get in touch go to www.busk-uk.co.uk/ or call 01633 274 944.


Pass Plus Cymru Gives Lewis Confidence
12/11/13

A young Llanrhystud motorist is the first Ceredigion winner of the Pass Plus Cymru quarterlyTerry Jones presents cheque to Lewis
draw.

Lewis Jones who studies Media was presented with a cheque for £250 by Ceredigion County Council Road Safety Officer Terry Jones after his evaluation form was entered into the Road Safety Wales prize draw.

Lewis is planning a trip to America next year and the £250 will go towards this, Lewis also said that he will be driving down to Cardiff next weekend and the Pass Plus Cymru practical driving session he received has given him the confidence to do this.


Pupils and parents targeted in seatbelt campaign in Llanwrtyd Wells
3/10/13
Two organisations have been working in partnership to tackle the issue of parents and children not wearing their seatbelts as they arrive at a school in south Powys.

Officers from Powys County Council’s Road Safety Unit have been working in partnership with DyfedPowys police and road safety unit seatbelt check Powys Police to highlight to parents and children who arrive at Ysgol Dolafon in Llanwrtyd Wells the importance of seatbelt use.

During the morning of Friday 11 October, officers from both organisations observed the problem and gave advice to parents whose children were using incorrect seats for their weight/age and those parents who didn’t have a seatbelt on at all.

Officers were back at the school the following Thursday (17 October) to see if the issue had improved and were delighted that parents seemed to have listened to what they have been told the previous week. Only one parent was given a fixed penalty notice for not wearing their seatbelt.

Cllr Barry Thomas, the council’s Cabinet Member responsible for Road Safety, said: “This was a very successful collaboration between us and the police. Not wearing a seatbelt when travelling can have devastating consequences. It is vital that vehicle users and passengers wear a seatbelt at all times as they can save lives.”

PSCO Lee Whiitaker of Dyfed Powys Police, said: “We must continue to make drivers and passengers aware of the importance of seatbelt use. No matter how low the speed at which you are travelling or how short the journey, collisions still happen. By not wearing a seatbelt, vehicle users are putting their own lives at risk as well as that of other passengers in the vehicle.”

Nichola Davies, the council’s Area Road Safety Officer, said: “The benefits of seatbelts needs to be promoted and the perceived reasons for not wearing seatbelts reduced, particularly when it comes to educating children. Adults can set an example by wearing their own seatbelts so that children under the necessity for them as they grow older.”

The officers will be returning to the school in the near future and also plan to visit other schools in the area in the coming months.


Students Get Lessons in Road Safety
29/10/13

megadriveSTUDENTS in Ystad Mynach have taken part in a project to address the problem of young drivers being involved in road crashes.

Around 150 Coleg y Cymoedd students took part in the Mega Drive project earlier this month, which is an initiative led by Caerphilly council’s Road Safety Team and supported by partners including South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, DAYS drug and alcohol support, the Red Cross and approved driving instructors. The project is supported by funding from the Welsh Government’s Regional Transport Consortia Grant.

The MegaDrive project is aimed at young people who will be learning to drive over the next few months but do not have any driving experience, and gives students the opportunity to drive around a special course accompanied by an approved driving instructor. In most cases this gives students their first taste of what it is like to be behind the wheel of a car.

Participating students are also given valuable information on driving related topics including hazard awareness, crash causation, effects and consequences of drink and drugs, buying a new or second hand car, and what to do at the scene of a crash.

Cllr Tom Williams, Caerphilly council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Transportation and Engineering, said: “The MegaDrive scheme was originally set up in Gwent in 1995 to address the very serious problem of young drivers being involved in a disproportionate number of road crashes, largely due to inexperience.

“The MegaDrive project has been successful in engaging with these young drivers and arming them with the knowledge they need to stay safe on the road.”

Sandra Butcher, a teacher at Coleg y Cymoedd, said: “This project is extremely popular with the students, and they’ve all been really enthusiastic about being a part of the programme. The MegaDrive project has been a great way for these young people to learn about road safety.”

For further details about the MegaDrive programme, contact the Road Safety Team on 01495 235402



Cycle Safety Initiative
24/10/13
1.5M CAMPAIGNRecently the Gwynedd-Môn Road Safety Partnership launched a new cycle safety initiative aimed at cyclists and drivers. The key message of the campaign is to encourage cyclists to be more visible on the road and to raise awareness amongst motorists of the importance of a minimum 1.5 metre space when passing.

Keen cyclists from both Counties are promoting this initiative by wearing vivid gillets displaying the 1.5 metre vital road safety message when out and about on the roads of not only North Wales but also further afield.

Pictured above from left to right are Wayne Owen, Alun Williams and Gary Ellis members of Energy Cycles Club who recently visited France to follow the Tour de France . Alun Williams said “ I personally along with fellow cyclists embrace the 1.5 metre initiative, from personal experience we have encountered several near misses due to cars passing at close proximity. On several occasions friends have been injured and hospitalised due to motorists disregarding our right to be on the roads"


Pride of Britain Awards: Heroic School Crossing Patroller Karin Williams Honoured
8/10/13
image depicting School Crossing Lollipop Stick A School Crossing Patroller from the Vale of Glamorgan, who risked her own safety to protect children from an out-of-control car, was last night honoured for her bravery with a Daily Mirror Pride of Britain award. Karin Williams was helping children cross the road just before 9am on June 20 when they were hit by a car outside Rhoose Primary.

She stepped in front of the car using her body as a human shield. The 50-year-old took the brunt of the impact before becoming trapped under the car which had hit a bollard and overturned in front of terrified parents and children.

Some of the children she saved joined her on stage at the ceremony as she received her award. And in another major advance in her progress, Karin, who has been relying on a wheelchair to get around, stood up on stage to take the rapturous applause from the audience.
Ms Williams was recognised in London alongside a host of ordinary people honoured for extraordinary acts. Hosted by Carol Vorderman, the annual glittering ceremony marked its 15th year with a star-studded gala at the Grosvenor House on Park Lane.

Ms Williams was seriously injured and had an eight-hour operation on her kneecaps, legs, elbow and shoulder. Her outstanding actions were prompted by the 61-year-old driver losing control after mounting a speed bump and stepping on the accelerator instead of the brake in what was reported to be a “coughing fit”.

She spent seven weeks in hospital, still has regular physiotherapy and has been using a wheelchair to get around. Three other adults and five children needed hospital treatment but are all recovering.
Ms Williams was nominated for a Daily Mirror Pride of Britain award after impressing local residents and even strangers with her act of bravery.

Onlookers said they were in no doubt children would have died without her courage and quick-thinking and a Facebook page was set up soon afterwards calling for her bravery to be recognised.
Doctors say it could be a year before she is completely mobile again but Ms Williams is determined to go back to the job she loves.

Describing the horrifying incident in which a 61-year-old driver lost control of his car, she said: “I don’t remember pushing the children away.
“I just remember standing on the pavement with the children around me waiting to cross, and the next thing I knew I was on the ground with a paramedic leaning over me telling me not to move.
“I wasn’t in pain. I was in shock.”

After being handed the award, she said: “I’m not brave.
“I did my job. It was pure instinct.”


All Wales Anti-Mobile Phone Driving Campaign 2013
3/10/13
Police in Wales, led by South Wales Police together with Road Safety Wales, launch the All-Wales Anti-MoMobile Phone Oct Campaignbile Phone Driving Campaign which will run through October.

Despite the law change in February 2007 where using a mobile phone while driving can result in three penalty points and a £100 fine, drivers in Wales are still persisting with this dangerous activity and breaking the law.

Nearly 1,000 motorists were caught using their mobile phones while at the wheel during the 2012 campaign.

Police patrols to target mobile phone driving will increase across Welsh roads for the duration of the enforcement campaign, which runs from 15th October to 31st October, to promote the safety message and raise awareness of the dangers and penalties among motorists.

Assistant Chief Constable Richard Lewis of South Wales Police, said:

“The consequences of a lapse in concentration when driving can be devastating to road users and pedestrians.

“As soon as a driver answers a call, looks at their phone to text or read a message, their concentration is affected and as a result, they cannot give their full attention to the road and risk becoming involved in a collision.

“With the increased use of smart phones, drivers must be aware that it is not just making a call or texting that are distractions, but using a phone to access applications, e-mails or the internet. These actions carry the same danger and the same penalty.

“Always remember to switch your phone off before you drive. You can pick up any missed calls or texts when it is safe and convenient to do so. If you need to use the phone when driving, then stop at the first safe opportunity.”

Chair of Road Safety Wales, Susan Storch, added:

“Road Safety Wales partners are supporting our police colleagues throughout this campaign by publicising the dangers of using a mobile device while driving.

“We will continue to raise awareness of this issue and work closely with our colleagues in future campaigns.

“Unfortunately many people still consider it normal to use their mobile phone whilst driving, putting themselves, their passengers and other innocent road users in potentially serious danger.

“We need to send a strong message not to use any mobile phones whilst driving because of the distraction they cause.”


Step Out for International Walk to School Month

3/10/13
October is International Walk to School Month. Each year, primary school pupils from across the UK join forces with children in more than 40 countries worldwide to celebrate the benefits of walking to school. This year over 3,000 children throughout Caerphilly county borough will be taking part in International Walk to School Month.

walking busDuring October, Caerphilly residents are being asked to ditch their cars and use their feet and walk their children to school or encourage their children to join in their school’s walking bus. 

A walking bus provides safety in numbers and not only offers a healthy way for children to travel to school, it is also an excellent way for children to socialise with their friends on the journey.  Hundreds of children throughout the Borough regularly take the walking bus to school.

There are many benefits to children taking the walking bus, not only is it a good source of exercise, keeping our children fit and healthy but also reduces the number of cars on the road, which ultimately benefits the environment and reduces traffic outside our schools.

Cwmaber Infants, Abercarn Primary, Ysgol-y-Lawnt, Hendredenny Park Primary, Libanus Primary, Bryn Awel Primary,Glyn Gaer Primary, Deri Primary, Nant-y-park Primary,  Cwmcarn Primary,  Blackwood Primary, Ysgol Penalltau, Rudry Primary and the Twyn Primaryare all taking part in this years International Walk to School Month activities.  Schools will record the number of pupils walking and will award prizes and certificates to those who made an effort and walked during the month.

Cllr. Tom Williams, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transportation and Engineering said “Walking to school regularly is not only a fantastic way to encourage an active lifestyle, it is also a great opportunity to teach children vital road safety skills and ensure they are alert and ready to learn at the start of a new day. 

From an environmental perspective, walking to school also eases road congestion and reduces the associated pollution levels that driving or taking a bus to school would generate.”

For more information about schools that participate in the walking bus scheme please visit www.caerphilly.gov.uk/walkingbus or contact Susan Davies, Road Safety Projects Officer on 01495 235402.


Crash Day's Big Impact on Pupils
24/9/13

A CRASH awareness day at a Neath school had a hard impact upon the pupils, the headmaster has said.

Llangatwg Community School's year 11 pupils were visited by fire and road safety officers earlier this month, as part of an event to warn them of the responsibility of driving safely.

Headteacher, Alan Rowlands, said: "The event went really well.

"We focussed on it with year 11 pupils, and they were spoken to about speeding, drink-driving and drugs, and the consequences of these.

They also learned about the dangers of texting and using a mobile phone while driving, so it was raising awareness of all these issues.

"It probably had quite a hard impact on many of them."


Hard Hitting Road Safety Lesson for Youngsters
24/09/2013

STUDENTS across North Wales have been getting a hard-hitting lesson in road safety.

Road Safety showNorth Wales Fire and Rescue Service has joined forces with The Welsh Ambulance Service and North Wales Police for an education tour of colleges across the region.

The partnership is designed to teach youngsters about the dangers of the 'Fatal Five' - excessive speed, anti-social driving, no seatbelts, drink or drug-driving and using a mobile phone whilst driving.

Emergency service partners are hoping to reach more youngsters than ever in the run-up to Road Safety Week (November 18-24).

The Deadly Impacts Roadshow was launched at Coleg Cambria in Wrexham, where paramedic Dermot O' Leary gave a graphic account of what happens to the human body in a collision.

He said: "I explain what injuries they could suffer in a collision, the damage inflicted on the body and the clinical skills I would use to ultimately try and save their life. These young adults deserve a future and I don't beat around the bush when I tell them what could go wrong while driving."

Rhyl-based Dermot added: "Road collisions are sudden tragic events which can send shockwaves through families, friends and communities. Making young adults aware of the danger on the roads might mean less incidents for us where we literally have to pick up the pieces."

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service used video clips and audience participation to try and educate students.

Community safety team leader, Sharon Bouckley, said: "The Deadly Impacts Roadshow is designed to deliver hard-hitting messages to young drivers by making them aware of their responsibilities on the road, and the potentially fatal consequences of speeding or not paying attention while driving.

"We as a fire and rescue service attend a high number of road traffic collisions involving young people - and we are doing all that we can to educate our youngsters and drive down the number of tragedies on our roads."

North Wales Police warned of the consequences of being responsible for a collision, including penalty points on your licence and even prison.

Inspector Martin Best from North Wales Police' Roads Policing Unit said: "Multi-agency road safety events have proved to be an excellent way of getting people to think about the consequences of their driving, and by working in partnership, we want to get across to young drivers messages such as the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt, driving too fast and using mobile phones.

He added: "The practical demonstrations of realistic events, coupled with presentations from all partners has hopefully brought home some of the realities and we hope that many of the young people have taken this on board."

Emergency service partners will also visit colleges in Deeside and Northop, as well as Glynllifon, Dolgellau, Pwllheli, Llandrillo, Llangefni and Bangor in the run-up to Road Safety Week, which is co-ordinated annually by road safety charity Brake.


South Wales Fire and Rescue Service Biker Down Dates
17/9/13

The Biker Down course is an educational and engagement tool aimed primarily at the motorcycleBiker Down workshops community with the focus on contributing to the reduction in the number of KSI’s (killed and seriously injured) involving motorcyclists in the SWF&RS area and is delivered by Operational Fire Fighters.

The course is comprised of three modules:

Managing an Accident Scene
First Aid
The Science of Being Seen

The course aims to give participants a better understanding of what to do if they come across a road traffic collision and how to manage it safely. It also promotes advanced rider skills courses in conjunction with our other road safety partner agencies.

The course is free and on completion of the course the participants will get a certificate of attendance and a free first aid kit.

Dates of the course are available on the Organisations web site and via the South Wales Fire and Rescue face book page and interested parties will be able to book places on the course via bikerdown@southwales-fire.gov.uk.

Latest Course dates:
23rd September 2013 - 18:30 at Tonypandy Fire Station CF40 2JQ
30th September 2013 - 18:30 at Bridgend Fire Station CF31 4AH
8th October 2013 - 18:30 at Cardiff Central Fire Station CF24 2FH


A Speed Limit of 20mph is Being Introduced Outside Every School in Flintshire.
16/9/13

twenty mile an hour speed limitSome schools in the county already have the appropriate signage in place, and schedules are now being drawn up to implement the speed limit outside all 83 schools in Flintshire.

Councillor Aaron Shotton, Leader of the Council, said:
“The Council has made it a priority to introduce the first phase of our 20mph zones around schools initiative. This commitment to introduce 20 mph signage around all Flintshire schools is a positive step to making our roads safer for schoolchildren.”

Councillor Bernie Attridge, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Environment, added:
“I feel passionately and strongly about the issue of child safety and have long believed that we should have a 20mph limit outside every school. The limits will be introduced on a phased basis. Reduced speed limits will lower the risk of collisions on the road network and will improve safety for all road users.”


Campaign Targeting Abusive Drivers
23/8/13
A campaign is being launched targeting drivers who are rude and abusive to lollipop men andStop means stop ladies in Carmarthenshire.

'The Stop Means Stop' campaign follows an increasing number of incidents involving motorists failing to stop for lollipop men and women.

Carmarthenshire Council's road safety unit, supported by Carmarthenshire Road Safety Action Group, is launching the drive which will be backed up with radio advertising, school banners, posters and leaflets. It starts in September to coincide with the new school term. There are currently 72 schools crossing patrols officers working at schools across the county. There were 12 reported failure to stop incidents reported to police last year and many more reports of abuse to lollipop men and women logged.

County road safety manager Keith Griffiths said: "School crossing patrol officers play a vital role by ensuring school children are provided with a safe route to and from school.

"They should be able to do this without fear of intimidation and threatening behaviour from some inconsiderate motorists.

"The school crossing patrol team are among the most committed group of people that continue to play a very important role in keeping our community a safe and friendly place.

"The message is quite simple. All road users must stop when a school crossing patrol officer asks them to do so.

"Drivers should allow a little extra journey time if their route takes them through a patrolled area — and be prepared to slow down and stop when requested to do so by a patrol officer."

Today, every school crossing patrol officer is issued with a notebook to record detailed information about any motorist that fails to stop or continues to drive by when it is obvious that the patrol officer has asked them to stop from the side of the road. They are encouraged to make a note of the registration number, make, model and colour of vehicle, time of the incident and gender of the driver. The information is forwarded onto Dyfed-Powys Police so they can take appropriate action.

There are vacancies for lollipop people throughout the county including Felinfoel and Llanelli.

Contact transport officer Rhys John on 01267 228285.



Carmarthenshire Road Safety Team Monthly Theme
22/8/13

‘Don't take the high road,’ driving under the influence of drugs is the latest thought provoking road safety message aimed at Carmarthenshire drivers.

A graphic showing roadway filled with pills and drugs paraphernalia is being repeated on the backs of buses and on A-board trailers that will be touring the county’s municipal car parks throughout September. Colourful cards have also been distributed to colleges to get the messages out to as many drivers and age groups as possible.

roadway filled with pills and drugsThere is a monthly road safety theme that has already covered texting at the wheel; driving under the influence of drugs; winter maintenance and speeding. Think motor cycle, among many others. The monthly cards are the brainchild of Carmarthenshire council’s road safety team supported by Carmarthenshire Community Safety Partnership’s Road Safety Action Group.

County road safety manager Keith Griffiths said the campaign was having a significant and positive impact on drivers especilly the campaigns covering bald tyres, drink driving and speeding. He said: “This month we are reinforcing the message that driving under the influence of drugs is illegal.

“Drugs that impair your driving need not be illegal ones. It can also be an offence to drive after taking certain products that are sold over the counter, like some cough medicines and antihistamines.

“Drugs can affect your mind and body in a variety of ways that mean you are not able to drive safely and the effect can last for hours or even days.

“Drivers should always know about the effects of any medicine they caretaking, check the labels carefully and if in doubt check with their doctor or pharmacist."

Mr Griffiths warned against adopting silly rules about how much you could and couldn’t drink because there was no safe way to calculate that with age, weight, stress and metabolism and food intake affecting driving ability after drinking". "Drivers should remember that if they take drugs and drive it might not be just their licence they lose.”



Safe Cycle Training in Ceredigion for Duke of Edinburgh
13/8/13

A group of six youngsters, based in Cardigan aged 15 - 18 are undertaking the Duke of Edinburghthe six candidates have received their certificates Gold award.

As part of the award they will hopefully complete a 150 mile cycle expedition, camping en route, using tandems and single bicycles. In preparation, the group needed to complete Level three National Standard Cycle Training.

Pictured are the six candidates with their National Standard’s Instructor having received their certificates.


Festival GoersTake Road Safety Seriously
13/8/13

Over 1000 visitors took part in activities highlighting important road safety issues at this year’s Big Cheese.

Parents and children came along to buy helmets, talk about current road safety initiatives and takeJordan receiving his bike from Councillor Tom Williams part in a ‘spot the dangers’ competition, badge making and of course the Road Safety quiz to win a fabulous mountain bike.

The winner from over 300 entries was Jordan Walther-Bates from Abercarn who was thrilled to have won  the competition and have a new bike to use over the summer holidays with Cwmcarn's mountain bike trails right on his doorstep.

Cllr Tom Williams, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Engineering who presented the family with the bike said, “Congratulations, I am sure you will get great use from the bike especially on all of the cycle routes throughout our borough.”

Sandy Walther-Bates, Jordan’s mother said, “Thank you once again for the bike, Jordan is already putting the bike to good use, and is getting ready to go off on another long bike ridetoday!”

To find out more about Road Safety initiatives in Caerphilly County Borough, contact the Road Safety Team on 01495 235402


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