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Rural Roads Plea From Commissioner
3/8/15

PCC Dyfed PowysWales’ roads users have been issued a summer harvest plea by a Police and Crime Commissioner: “Stay safe at this busy time for farmers!” Christopher Salmon, who grew up on a Mid Wales farm, is asking all motorists – including those involved in transporting silage on rural roads – to take extra care as the silage season enters its final weeks.

He asks the public to be patient as they encounter increased agricultural traffic, and asks farmers to be thoughtful of others. Mr Salmon, Police and Crime Commissioner for the predominantly rural Dyfed-Powys, said: “A number of people have raised concerns about agricultural vehicles with me recently.

“I want to ensure that farmers get their silage in and that the public can be safe.

“It’s a frantic time of year for many of those in agriculture; they’ve got to get silage in. I know what it’s like – I’ve been there myself. The weather doesn’t always help – and late nights, heavy loads and massive tractors put pressure on small roads.

“My message to farmers and contractors is: ‘Keep the public on your side!’ My message to the public is: ‘Be patient.’

“Farmers and contractors do their best to consider their neighbours. But, as agricultural equipment gets bigger and the pressures increase, it’s important to take extra care at this busy time – to keep the public behind local farms. That way, I hope farmers can make the most of the weather and have a successful, accident-free, harvest.

“Local people support our farmers, particularly when the pressure’s on. I encourage the public to continue supporting our local farms; they’re the lifeblood of our economy.”


BikeSafe Cymru
3/8/15

As the motorcycling season continues, 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 should continue to upskill throughout their riding years and not just stop once they have passed their bike test.

Many 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.


Over 12,000 Breath Tests Carried Out Across Wales During Summer Anti-Drink/Drug Drive Campaign
31/7/15

Embedded image permalink Over 350 breath tests were positive throughout Wales during the recent month-long Anti Drink and Drug Drive Summer Campaign. The campaign, which was led by North Wales Police, saw officers carrying out over 12,000 breath tests and 52 arrests were made under the new Section 5a drug drive offence which came into being on March 4th 2015, giving officers the ability to test for cannabis and cocaine use.

  • North Wales Police administered 5,235 breath tests with 85 being positive. The force also carried out 20 DrugWipe tests, using the new kit, half of those tested failed.
  • Gwent Police carried out 297 breath tests with 17 testing positive, refusing or failing to provide. 19 people were arrested following a Section 5a drug test.
  • Dyfed Powys Police administered 4,951 tests of which 127 were positive, refused or failed to provide. 3 people were arrested following a Section 5a drug test.
  • In the South Wales Police area 2,437 tests were conducted with 124 testing positive, refusing or failing to provide. 20 people were arrested following a Section 5a drug swipe test.

The highest reading in North Wales was 125mg with the legal limit being 35mg. As a result a 36 year-old woman from Holywell was arrested and subsequently charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance. She appeared before Prestatyn Magistrates and was given a 12 week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, ordered to go on a rehabilitation programme and pay costs. Only five days before, she had been banned from driving due to drink driving.

Chief Inspector Darren Wareing said: “North Wales Police are carrying out intelligence-led operations targeting people who frequently drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs throughout the year. It has been three years since we launched Operation Sodium – a 24/7 365 day a year anti-drink/drug driving campaign that was launched in response to the growing number of young people who were being fatally injured on the roads, and in particular the rural roads of North Wales. As a consequence of these intelligence-led operations we are seeing a significant fall in collisions involving drink and/or drugs.

“We are seeing more arrests as a result of our intelligence-led operations, however, there is still a perception out there that drivers, particularly in rural areas, believe they have less chance of getting caught drunk or under the influence of drugs behind the wheel. People should be aware that we have detailed tactical plans to support Operation Sodium that include targeting specific areas following analysis of intelligence and information given to us by concerned members of the community.

He added: “I would also like to personally thank each individual who contacted us during the campaign to give us the information we needed. The sole reason we carry out these campaigns is to help keep people safe on the roads, and by letting us know of anybody driving under the influence of drink or drugs they are possibly saving a life.

“We have a robust strategy around enforcing the ‘Fatal 5’ offences which are drink and drug driving, dangerous driving including unnecessary risk taking, speeding, failing to wear a seatbelt and using a mobile phone whilst driving. We are committed to assisting in reducing casualties on the road through the use of targeted operations around high risk groups of people and locations while enforcing the ‘Fatal 5’ offences.
“It is important to stress that the work does not stop here – any amount of alcohol or drugs affects your ability to drive, and campaigns such as this help to raise awareness. We will continue to target those breaking the law as part of daily policing. Operation Sodium is in full swing and the police are in a community near you targeting drink/drug driving now.
“Driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs has significant impact on people; the devastation caused to families following a fatal collision can be immesurable.”

Chair of Road Safety Wales and Force Road Safety Officer for Dyfed Powys Police Susan Storch said: "It is disappointing that over 400 drivers throughout Wales chose to risk their own lives, and the lives of others during the campaign. We were clear in our messages throughout the campaign that drink or drug driving is not acceptable, and will not be tolerated. The police services also made effective use of the new legislation under Section 5a and made some significant arrests during the campaign period.

“Those that chose to break the law and endanger themselves and other road users arrogantly were in the minority, and we thank the public that showed support for the campaign and were happy to co-operate.

"Drink and drug driving ruins lives all year round and we will continue to work closely with the Police in reinforcing these messages throughout the year. We are asking the public in Wales to help us take these people off our roads, and report anyone you suspect of drink or drug driving to the Police using 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111"


Launch of the Welsh Fire and Rescue Services Road Safety Strategy 2015-2020
27/7/15

F&R Service RS StrategyIn response to the Welsh Government's 'Road Safety Framework for Wales', Monday 20th July saw the launch of the Welsh Fire and Rescue Service's 'Road Safety Strategy' providing a framework for the three Welsh FRS to communicate and implement their road safety commitments on a national and local level.

Chief Fire Officer for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS), Chris Davies said: "Road safety has improved considerably in recent years.  In 2014 there were 8,208 reported casualties as a result of road traffic collisions in Wales, this is a 30% reduction on the number of casualties seen on our roads 10 years ago. While the number of incidents has declined, statistics show a 12% increase in the number of people seriously injured on our roads in the last year, with poor driving and observation the leading cause of collisions. Clearly, while much has been achieved through collaborative working with our road safety partners, more needs to be done. 

A disproportionate number of vulnerable road users including young people (16 to 24 year olds) and motorcyclists are killed or seriously injured compared to other groups. Despite making up 11% of driving licence holders, young people represent 23% of casualties in road traffic collisions in Wales.

Motorcyclists accounted for 37% of those killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions, while accounting for just 1% of the road traffic in Wales.  Motorcyclists are not necessarily at fault for collisions, their vulnerability means that they are far more likely to be killed or seriously injured.  Whilst a diverse range of motorcyclists are involved in collisions, a disproportionate number of casualties are men, riding on rural roads in the drier months.

Wales has, and is projected to continue to have, the most aged population in the UK.  Around 1 in 20 drivers involved in road traffic collisions in Wales are aged 70 or older.  Older drivers have often held their licence for many years and the vast majority will not have undertaken any further training since passing their test, despite significant changes in driving conditions and, potentially, their own ability.

A co-ordinated effort in the education of road users, targeting specifically those identified most vulnerable groups, with a range of activities, interventions and publicity that result in behavioural change forms the core of today's road safety strategy.

This strategy sets out how the Fire and Rescue Services in Wales will support the Welsh Government's vision for a continued reduction in the number of people killed and seriously injured on Welsh Roads, with the ultimate aspiration of no fatalities." 

Station Manager Simon Brown, Road Safety Manager for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) said:  "The All Wales Road Safety Strategy (2015 - 2020) encourages the Fire and Rescue Services' of Wales and their partners to work together to identify local risks within their areas and develop a targeted approach to reducing deaths and injuries on Welsh roads.

As such, SWFRS is extremely pleased to be continuing to work collaboratively on this strategy and associated activities with our partners that aim to make our communities and roads safer and save lives."

Stuart Millington, Senior Fire Safety Manager for North Wales Fire & Rescue Service (NWFRS), said: "All three fire and rescue services in Wales have a common objective which is at the heart of everything we do - to work together for a safer Wales."

"We are delighted to be part of the All Wales Road Safety Strategy that will continue to ensure that we all work together as best as we can within the fire and rescue services across Wales and with our partner agencies to make the roads in Wales as safe as possible.

"As part of this strategy we are looking at a variety of approaches that organisations can take to improve road safety including training, education, publicity, sharing information and evaluation. By combining all these we hope that we will be able to improve road safety across Wales."

Read the strategy here


Projects Named in Road Safety Innovation Challenge
15/7/15

Welsh Government logo Four projects which aim to improve road safety and reduce the number of motorcycle casualties on Welsh roads are to benefit from Welsh Government research funding Transport and Science Minister, Edwina Hart, announced today [14 July].

The projects were selected from forty-seven bids after the Minister issued a challenge to companies, other public bodies and the voluntary sector earlier this year to submit creative ideas to help improve road safety for motorcyclists.

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Innovation Challenge required companies to identify pioneering approaches to reduce motorcycle casualties in Wales – a priority target for the Welsh Government. 

Funding will now be given to the four selected companies to run feasibility studies as part of the first stage of the challenge.

Announcing the successful projects, Mrs Hart said:

"We can all take pride in the fact that Welsh roads are amongst the safest in the world. However, we must avoid complacency and recognise that there is significant scope for further improvements.
"The Welsh Government is committed to reducing casualties through a combination of measures including education, engineering and enforcement.
"This challenge is about harnessing potential to find tangible solutions which address key issues. I look forward to seeing how the successful projects develop."

The selected projects are:

  • an advanced helmet liner from Armourgel Ltd, which will incorporate  Armourgel material into motorcycle helmets with the aim of protecting motorcyclists from rotational acceleration brain injuries
  • a flexible use energy absorption and dissipation material from Tecosim Technical Simulations Ltd that can be cut to size and fitted to street furniture
  • a junction alert system from Fusion Processing Ltd which will use a combination of radar and cameras to identify when a motorcyclist is approaching.
  • a side view light for motorcycles from Style Eyes Ltd that appears to flicker in peripheral vision, making it more noticeable to drivers at junctions.

Each project will receive up to £15,000 until December 2015 to develop their proposal. Following this, the two most promising will share funding of up to £450,000 to develop their product to a point where it can be marketed.


Road Safety Event in Abergavenny Helps to Bring Communities Together
7/7/15

Community Support Officer Amanda Yung from Abergavenny Team has been working to tackle an ongoing issue with anti-social driving, along with educating young drivers about safe driving following 19 fatal road traffic collisions in Gwent since January 2014.

CSO Yung organised an event in Abergavenny in June along with partner agencies including the Road Safety Team from Monmouthshire County Council and Road Safety event Abergavenny South Wales Fire and Rescue.
The event was held at a local car park where high reports of anti-social driving had been received. The aim of the event was to encourage residents to go along and meet the young people and give their views on how the driving and behaviour was affecting them.

Also, the drivers had their chance to have their say and talk to the planning team of the council who were proposing a change to the layout of the car park. These plans detail a trial phase where full access to the car park will be restricted during certain times in order to try and reduce the number of incidents of anti-social behaviour involving vehicles. Consultation with local members and organisations has taken place to make sure that no disruption is caused to legitimate users of the car park.

South Wales Fire and Rescue arranged for a crash car to be there so drivers could see the true impact of how a vehicle can be damaged during a traffic collision.
Amanda talked to drivers and showed them a visual demonstration called ‘Not In their Shoes’. This showed a pair of shoes laid out in a timeline, showing a pair of shoes for every victim of a traffic collision in the last year. Each pair of shoes showed where the collision happened.

The event was very successful with over 40 vehicles, drivers and passengers coming along, as well as many residents.

Motorcyclists also went along and the team talked to them about the Green Dot Scheme which encourage motorcyclists to complete a CRASH card detailing their medical history, the details of any medication currently being taken and telephone numbers of the next of kin. They put this card securely in their helmets, it comes with a green sticker to attach to the outside of the helmet to indicate to arriving emergency services that a CRASH card is contained inside.

CSO Yung said: “I’ve got to know the drivers in Abergavenny and the local residents so it was important to me to help prevent anti-social issues and also mainly the fatalities on our roads. The people involved in anti-social driving are a small minority of the actual people using the car park and they are not always aware of how their behaviour impacts on neighbouring residents. This work is ongoing and we will continue to work to make sure our residents are safe and free from anti-social behaviour issues.”

Carolyn Derosaire, Road Safety Officer from Monmouthshire County Council added: "This was a wonderful opportunity to engage with a group which is often demonized, the majority of whom are not intent on causing a nuisance, but indulging their enthusiasm for their cars.  The pairs of empty shoes, representing those killed on the roads of Monmouthshire since 2014, made a very powerful and visual statement that we are not dealing with statistics, but real people and real losses."


Driving Workshops for Senior Drivers Available
22/6/15

Driving refresher workshops are now available free of charge for senior drivers in mid and south Powys, the county council has announced.

Mature Motoring workshops are two-hour informal courses developed and delivered by Powys County Council’s Road Safety Unit, thanks to Welsh Government funding. The workshops are aimed at drivers aged 65 years and older.

Focussing on issues such as licence requirements, the effects of medication, personal safety while driving, winter driving, the dangers of drink-driving and not wearing seatbelts, the workshops run from 10am-12pm on the following dates:

- Community Centre, Crossgates – Thursday 9 July
- St John’s Family Centre, Brecon – Monday 27 July.

Workshop attendees will also be offered the chance to take part in a free one hour practical drive with an approved driving instructor at a later date. The ‘Drive On’ scheme is a confidential and practical assessment that helps those taking part to develop their skills and identify any areas of weakness, or lack of confidence that may have developed over the years.

Cllr John Brunt, Cabinet Member responsible for Road Safety, said: “We hope that these free courses will help preserve and conserve valuable driving skills and make drivers more aware of what influences our driving, ultimately leading to a reduction in collisions and casualties in this vulnerable driving group.

The workshop and practical drive are both completely free to Powys residents.

For more information or to book onto the workshop, please contact road.safety@powys.gov.uk or phone 01597 826979 or contact us through our Facebook page www.facebook.com/RoadSafetyPowys


Commissioner Seeks Great Ideas to Keep Road Users Safe
22/6/15
DPP PCC

Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon has launched a scheme to save lives across Dyfed-Powys. He wants to hear from organisations with great ideas on keeping road users safe across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys. The best proposals will get a share of £300,000 to develop and run their schemes.

Mr Salmon said: “Too many people die or are seriously hurt on our roads; I want to change that. My Roads to Safety scheme will see innovative and exciting new road safety projects improve the lives of our communities and their road users.”

The fund will improve the safety of road users in Dyfed-Powys and reduce the number of road casualties across our communities. The Commissioner will make grants to public sector, police force, private sector, voluntary or community organisations and encourages organisations to work together.

A separate smaller budget of £35,000 is earmarked to look at specific research between academic institutions and partners, with a focus around emerging trends affecting road safety.

Mr Salmon aims to support projects that show a demonstration of innovation in building the research evidence base and applying it through knowledge exchange across all levels of road safety.

Applicants can apply for funding from today until September 8, application forms and application guidelines are available below. If you have any further queries contact Jess Williams on 01267 226440.

More information


Road Safety WalesRoad Casualties Wales, 2014
4/6/15

The latest police recorded road accident and casualty figures for Wales for 2014 show that, 103 people were killed on Welsh roads last year, a decreased of 7% compared to 2013. However, Partners in Road Safety Wales remain concerned that the slight overall improvement in the casualty figures has been overshadowed by the increase in the number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured on Welsh roads. (10% higher than the average for 2004-08)*

Susan Storch, Chair of Road Safety Wales said, “Wales welcomes motorcyclists who are naturally drawn to the stunning scenery, winding roads, and motorcycle friendly businesses.  However, Partners are concerned about the number who do not make it safely home, whether they are on a day out or riding to and from work.”

The Road Safety Framework for Wales published in 2013 identifies motorcyclists as a high risk group, and road safety professionals remain focussed on meeting the challenging target of a 25% reduction in number of killed and seriously injured motorcyclists by 2020.**  Clearly much remains to be done. 

In addition to funding road improvements, education and training that will benefit motorcycle safety; Welsh Government’s commitment to reducing motorcycle casualties has led to the funding of an open competition to develop an effective intervention or technological feature that provides demonstrable improvements in the safety of motorcyclists, either by reducing the likelihood of a collision occurring, or by lessening the impact of a collision.  It is hoped that an innovative approach will have a positive impact on the number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured.

Of course, road safety is the responsibility of us all, and sharing the road in a responsible and courteous manner will benefit all road users.  Motorcyclists are not necessarily at fault for the collisions that they are involved in, but their vulnerability means that they are far more likely to be seriously injured.  Therefore, motorcyclists are being asked to always consider whether they are riding appropriately, within the law and for the conditions they find themselves in.

The loss of a motorcyclist has a massive impact on family, friends and colleagues and Susan Storch went on to encourage people to take advantage of the varied opportunities available to help improve knowledge and skills. “Even the most experienced can pick up bad habits, which is why Partners throughout Wales offer a range of initiatives, held over the course of the year, to assess, train and educate motorcyclists.  From free first aid courses to subsidised places on national schemes, much of this activity is made possible through funding from the Welsh Government, and is available to a whole range of motorcyclists from scooter riders to commuters and leisure riders.  Families can play their part by bringing these opportunities to the attention of their loved ones.”

For opportunities in your area contact the local authority road safety team or contact Road Safety Wales for further details.  communication@roadsafetywales.org.uk

* http://gov.wales/statistics-and-research/police-recorded-road-casualties/?lang=en

** http://gov.wales/docs/det/publications/130719delplanen.pdf


Keep Drink and Drugs Off The Road This Summer
1/6/15

Breath _testing _smlWith summer just around the corner and the prospect of parties around the barbecue in the long evenings, police across Wales are warning motorists that officers will be on heightened alert to spot anyone driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

Led by North Wales Police, the month-long All Wales Summer Anti Drink and Drug Drive Campaign throughout June, will see all four Welsh police forces increase the pressure and focus on those drivers who drink and drive or drive under the influence of drugs.

Sergeant Alun Davies from North Wales Police’ Roads Policing Unit said: “We all enjoy the prospect of longer evenings and the possibilities they present for socialising in homes, gardens, local pubs, festivals and other events.

“But there is a price to be paid for thinking that, if you drink or take drugs and get behind the wheel, you will still be safe. More people may be tempted to have a few drinks and may drive without thinking of the consequences.Think before you go out, watch what you drink and plan how you will get home.

“This summer will be the first campaign with the new drug testing kits to help detect cannabis and cocaine as well as standard kits for alcohol testing, so we are better equipped than ever to detect and penalise those who take this very dangerous risk. Using intelligence received from the public we’ll be ready for action to keep the road network safe, whether it be at night or the morning after.

New legislation came into force in March 2015 which sets legal limits for how much of a substance – both illegal drugs and prescription medications motorists can have in their system whilst driving. A new device now allows officers to test at the roadside using a swab from inside the driver’s mouth, to see if a motorist has taken cannabis or cocaine.

Officers made their first arrest the day after the new legislation came into being – a 19-year-old man from Anglesey was arrested following a damage-only road traffic collision in Holyhead. He was subsequently charged and appeared before the town’s Magistrates where he was disqualified from driving for 18 months and received fines totalling £305. Between March 4th and May 28th North Wales Police’ Roads Policing Unit have carried out 61 drug swipe tests using the new kits with 18 of those testing positive.

North Wales Police has a robust strategy around enforcing the ‘Fatal 5’ offences which are drink and drug driving, dangerous driving including unnecessary risk taking, speeding, failing to wear a seatbelt and using a mobile phone whilst driving.

Sergeant Davies added: “We are committed to assisting in reducing the risk of becoming a casualty on the road through the use of targeted operations around high risk groups of people and locations while enforcing the ‘Fatal 5’ offences.”

“If you drink and drive or drive under the influence of drugs you will potentially not only ruin your life, but the lives of others innocently associated with you and your actions. There is absolutely no excuse for driving impaired and the consequences can be devastating.

“You not only risk killing or seriously injuring yourself or someone else, but you will end up in court and could face a fine, lose your licence or receive a jail sentence. You will have a criminal record and you could lose your job.”

Susan Storch, Chair of Road Safety Wales, added: “Through education, training and publicity initiatives throughout Wales, partners in Road Safety Wales strive to remind road users of the risks and consequences of the ‘Fatal 5’. Unfortunately, despite education and warnings, too many drivers are prepared to risk driving whilst impaired by drink or drugs.

“Road Safety Wales is committed to reducing the number of road casualties caused by irresponsible behaviour and will continue to support our Police colleagues during this campaign and throughout the year. Drivers who choose to flout the law should realise that there is a strong chance that they will be detected and prosecuted and that the penalties will be severe.”

Also supporting this year’s campaign is the Welsh Ambulance Service. Rhyl Paramedic Dermot O’Leary, the Welsh Ambulance Service’s road safety champion said: “Road traffic collisions are sudden tragic events which can send shockwaves through families, friends and communities. Unfortunately too many drivers are still prepared to risk driving under the influence of drink or drugs. Making the public aware of the risks associated with drink and drug driving will hopefully lead to fewer incidents in which we literally have to pick up the pieces.”

Stuart Millington, Senior Fire Safety Manager, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “Firefighters attend many road traffic collisions every year and witness some of the horrific consequences of simple mistakes made every day by people behind the wheel. We are pleased to be supporting the launch of this Drink and Drug Drive campaign to try and educate the public about the dangers associated with drinking and then driving.”

Anyone with information regarding individuals who are believed to drive whilst over the legal limit or under the influence of drugs, can contact North Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Notes:

  • The new drug driving legislation came into being on March 4th 2015
  • During the summer 2014 All Wales campaign a total of 15, 485 breath tests were carried out with 358 being positive. North Wales Police administered 6,531 breath tests with 94 being positive which equates to 1.5%
  • Gwent Police carried out 1,351 breath tests with 32 testing positive, refusing or failing to provide. Dyfed Powys Police administered 5,535 tests of which 88 tests were positive, refused or failed to provide. In the South Wales Police area 2,248 tests were conducted with 144 testing positive, refusing or failing to provide.
  • Some of the highest readings recorded during the 2014 campaign in North Wales were 130mg, 118mg and 109mg. The legal limit is 35mg.

Powys residents are encouraged to get ‘On Your Bike’
26/5/15

Residents 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 ‘On Your Bike’ initiative was launched last year by the Council’s Road Safety Unit, thanks to funding from the Welsh Government.

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 Brunt, 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 email road.safety@powys.gov.uk

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


Driven to Distraction
19/5/15
Driven to Distraction“Switch off before you drive off” – that is the message being given by North Wales Police’ Roads Policing Unit as they launch a two-week distraction campaign.

Officers from the specialist unit are teaming up with colleagues from across the force to launch a campaign targeting people who use their mobile phones whilst driving.

As well as imposing penalties on drivers who are caught, dedicated officers will also use the campaign as an opportunity to educate motorists of the dangers of distraction driving.

A motorist is distracted when they pay attention to a second activity whilst driving, which means they are more likely to fail to spot hazards. ‘Second activities’ can include talking on a mobile phone, texting, changing a CD or playing with your MP3 player, using sat nav equipment or even just using one or both hands to eat or drink.

Over the next two weeks roads policing crews across North Wales will be paying particular attention to any motorists they see not paying full attention to what is in front of them.

Police are keen to stress texting isn’t just about messages but can also involve responding to emails, social networking, inputting navigational data or using other applications.

Sergeant Alun Davies from North Wales Police’ Roads Policing Unit said: “Drivers who divide their attention because they’re on the phone or otherwise distracted are significantly increasing their risk of causing a crash.”

“Driving is a highly unpredictable and risky activity, it requires full concentration at all times. Distractions can include eating and drinking, smoking, music players and radios, sat navs and in-vehicle technology.”

“Along with drink driving, speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and driving carelessly, using a mobile phone behind the wheel, whether it be texting, using an app, or making a phone call is classed as one of the "Fatal 5"; the 5 most common causes of fatal road traffic collisions.

“With the increased use of smart phones we are also seeing drivers being distracted whilst accessing their apps, reading their emails or accessing the internet. Drivers need to be aware that these actions carry the same danger and the same penalty.”

During previous operations some of the reasons that drivers who were caught tried to use included: “I was updating my status on Facebook”, “I was checking the time” and “I was looking at my lap not the phone.”

Sergeant Davies added: “Driving a vehicle requires us to multi-task so anything above and beyond that needs to wait until we are safely parked up or until our journey has finished. Even the most experienced or competent of drivers can be easily distracted. A slight lapse in concentration can have serious consequences and this campaign will raise awareness about the issue and will hopefully lead to more drivers doing the right thing and obeying a law which is designed to keep them and other road users safe.”

Throughout the campaign police will be using social media to highlight the campaign messages using the hash tag #fatal5 and #eyesontheroad


Drink DrivingRoSPA Responds to Police Federation Call for Lower Drink-Drive Limit
19/5/15

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), the country’s leading family safety charity, has responded to the Police Federation’s call for a lower drink-drive limit.

Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at RoSPA, said: “One of RoSPA’s long-standing campaigns is for the drink-drive limit to be lowered from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg across the whole of the UK, so we are pleased to see the Police Federation taking up this cause.

“Despite decades of drink-drive education and enforcement, over 75,000 people are still caught drink driving every year in England and Wales[1], and between 4 and 5 people die in drink-drive accidents every week.

“In 2012, provisional figures show that 230 people were killed, and 1,200 were seriously injured in drink-drive crashes. Often it is an innocent person who suffers, not the driver who is over the drink-drive limit.

“In 2012, 80 pedestrians were killed or seriously injured by drink drivers, as were 360 car passengers. 50 children were killed or seriously injured by drink drivers that year.[2]

“England and Wales should follow Scotland’s example and lower its drink-drive limit. We are sure this would help to save lives and prevent injuries on our roads.

“People need to realise that any amount of alcohol impairs a driver’s ability to judge speed and distance while behind the wheel. Alcohol also slows reaction times and can make drivers over-confident and more likely to take risks. Lowering the drink-drive limit will ultimately make our roads safer.”

[1] Table RAS 51016, “Road Casualties Great Britain 2013, DfT

[2] Table RAS 51005, “Road Casualties Great Britain 2013, DfT


Roads And Routes For Walkers And Cyclists In £27m Boost
15/5/15

Welsh Government logo Road bottlenecks and safer routes for walkers and cyclists in Wales will be tackled by nearly £27m funding.

It includes nearly £2m for a Llangefni Link Road on Anglesey and major road schemes costing around £1.3m each in Carmarthen, Ceredigion, and Swansea.

Transport Minister Edwina Hart said the cash would support economic growth, improve safety, and promote walking and cycling.

The money is being given in grants to every local authority in Wales.

Safe routes

Nearly £16m comes from the Welsh government's Local Transport Fund to back 35 major public transport, road and active travel projects in 18 different council areas.

Almost £4m in Road Safety Capital grants is being spent on ways to cut road accidents in 14 local authorities.

Just over £5m is being made available under the Safe Routes in Communities programme to improve walking and cycling routes to schools and other community facilities in all 21 local authority areas.

Nearly £2m will be spent on road safety education and training programmes for high-risk and vulnerable groups, such as children, young people, older drivers and motorcyclists.


Bravery Award for Rhoose School Crossing Patrol Karin
7/5/15

Karin Williams on her return to Rhoose Primary School

A school crossing patrol who stepped in front of an out-of-control car to protect schoolchildren has received an award for her bravery.

Karin Williams from Rhoose, Vale of Glamorgan, was injured along with five children and three adults outside Rhws Primary School in July 2013. On Wednesday, she was presented with a Royal Humane Society bronze medal for her actions.

The driver of the car was found guilty of careless driving in May 2014.


Questions Invited for Global Road Safety Week Online Forums
28/4/15

Parents, teachers and other interested parties are being invited to submit questions for a series of online forums covering child road safety issues, which will be held on the Road Safety GB website during Global Road Safety Week (4-10 May 2015)

The four forums – covering children as pedestrians, as cyclists, travelling in cars, and how to set up and run a Junior Road Safety Officer scheme - will be held daily on Tuesday 7 – Friday 10 May inclusive, between 12.00-13.00. They are free of charge and open to anyone who wishes to participate.

Questions can be submitted in advance or during the forum itself, for a panel of expert facilitators to answer in ‘real time’ during the forum. Road safety professionals and other stakeholders are being encouraged to alert schools and other groups in their local areas, in order to give teachers, parents and others the opportunity to participate in the forums.

The full online forum programme is as follows:

Tues 5 May                Children and cycling
Weds 6 May            Setting up and running a Junior Road Safety Officer scheme
Thurs 7 May               In-car safety for children
Fri 8 May                     Children as pedestrians

The forums are part of a comprehensive suite of initiatives here in the UK in support of GRSW 2015. Other initiatives include:

• A series of child road safety resources - including activity sheets, maps and country profilers – which are available free to download.

• A series of simple ‘how to’ guides to help educators and others teach basic road safety to children. The guides cover children as pedestrians, cyclists, travelling in cars and on public transport, and setting up a Junior Road Safety Officer scheme.

• A database of road safety professionals with expertise with regard to child road safety, who are willing to provide advice and support to people in other parts of the world.

The road safety stakeholders involved in the UK collaboration in support of Global Road Safety Week are: Road Safety GB (lead organisation), ACPO, AIRSO, Brake, CFOA, CIHT, DoENI, DfT, Highways Agency, PACTS, RoadSafe, Road Safety Analysis, Road Safety Support, Road Safety Wales, RoSPA and Transport Scotland.

For more information about Global Road Safety Week 2015 visit:
http://www.who.int/roadsafety/week/2015/en/

For more information about #SaveKidsLives visit:
http://www.savekidslives2015.org/

For more information contact Nick Rawlings, Road Safety GB, on 01379 650112 or nrawlings@stennik.com


All Wales Seatbelt Campaign Results
13/4/15

BWelsh police have caught more than 1,250 vehicle occupants not wearing their seat belts in just two weeks - including eight children. The South Wales, Dyfed Powys, North Wales and Gwent forces teamed up for March's campaign, which was aimed at raising awareness amongs drivers and passengers of the dangers of not wearing seatbelts in the event of a collision.

Some 360 adults were found not to be wearing a seatbelt on the roads of South Wales, while in Dyfed-Powys 716 adults and eight children were caught. The total number of people caught across Wales was 1,257.

South Wales Police Chief Inspector Martyn Stone: "Our focus is on educating drivers about the risks to themselves and others of not wearing a seatbelt and the potential harm that can be caused by passengers in the back of the car who are not strapped in.

"During this campaign eight children were found not to being wearing seatbelts, and this is eight too many. Wearing a seatbelt is the law and only takes seconds. This simple action can save lives."

During last month's campaign North Wales Police stopped 140 adults for not wearing a seatbelt, while Gwent stopped 41 adults.

It has been compulsory to wear seatbelts in the front seats of cars since 1983 and in the rear since 1991.

Both drivers and passengers can be fined £100 for not wearing a seatbelt, and can be prosecuted. Any child under the age of 14 who is not buckled in is the responsibility of the driver, and the driver can be fined.

The 2014 campaign saw 1,524 people caught by Welsh police - 264 in South Wales, 1069 in Dyfed-Powys, 141 in North Wales and 80 in Gwent.


Child Car Seat Checks Results Revealed
8/4/15

63 child car seats needed an adjustment after being checked by Powys County Council, it has been revealed.

Child Car Seat Checks90 checks were carried out by officers from the council’s Road Safety Unit during a week of Car Seat Clinics around the county at the end of March.  The checks were carried out in Newtown, Brecon, Machynlleth, Ystradgynlais and Llandrindod Wells.

Road Safety Officers checked the fit and suitability of the child car seats and found that only 26 of the seats did not need any adjustment.  23 of the seats needed a major adjustment while 40 seats needed a minor adjustment and 1 seat was not suitable for the vehicle it was being used in. 

A common fault included the headrest interfering with the child car seat, where there should be no contact.  When fitting a rearward facing baby seat, check the position of the carry handle – there should be a picture on the side of the seat.  The handle will normally, but not always, need to be in the upright position or towards the baby’s feet. 

There should also be a gap between the baby seat and the seat in front and finally, the harness straps should be tight enough that you can just slip two fingers flat between your child’s body and their collar bones, ensuring there are no twists in the straps.

Powys Road Safety Officers are trained to give advice on the fit and suitability of a child car seat and are available to conduct checks throughout the year.  During the whole of 2014/15, Road Safety Officers have checked a total of 289 seats and provided advice to 387 individuals.  Only 75 of the 289 seats ‘passed’, which equates to 26%, however, the officers were able to rectify the problems of the remaining 214 seats.

Sarah Morris, the council’s Senior Road Safety Officer, said: “Please do not be afraid of asking for our advice.  We are trained and available to offer advice and show you the correct way to fit your child car seat.

“With so many makes and models of seats available, it can be confusing for parents and carers to know if the seat is correct for the child, the car and also to ensure that it is fitted correctly. We are also urging parents to ensure that everyone responsible for their child knows how to fit their car seat.  We have seen a number of relatives who have said that mum or dad have put the car seat in and that is how it has stayed.”

Nigel Brinn, Head of Highways, Transport & Recycling, said “Child car seats need to be fitted correctly in order to protect your child in the event of a collision.  I would recommend that parents contact the Road Safety Unit if they have any concerns about their child’s safety or for a free check, which will only take a few minutes of their time.”

For advice or to arrange an appointment to check your seat, please contact the Road Safety Unit on 07909 895346 for Montgomeryshire, 01597 826637 for Radnorshire or 01874 612355 for Breconshire, 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


Operation Darwen Begins This Weekend
1/4/15

An operation aimed at reducing motorcycle-related deaths and serious injuries on the roads of North Wales begins this weekend (Good Friday, April 3).

Police MotorcycleOperation Darwen is a force-wide campaign which runs from Easter through until early autumn which is aimed at motorcycle safety and reducing casualties on our roads.

Historically high numbers of motorcyclists descend onto 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, which has also been seen nationally is motorcyclists who have been impaired by alcohol and/or drugs which is a concern for us.”

“There has been very little percentage change year on year in the number of KSI motorcycle casualties with 2014 being the highest it has ever been since 1994 in North Wales. 2014 saw a 52.11% increase (71 to 108) in the number of KSI motorcycle casualties compared to the previous year of 2013.”

“Between 2002 and 2014, 77.6% of motorcyclists involved in fatal collisions were considered ‘blameworthy’ – and amongst one of the most noted defects found were tyres which were either under inflated or illegal. This clearly would be detrimental to the handling of the bike.”

“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 landscpe, 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 and attend the free 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.”

As part of the operation, officers will also be checking tyres on motorcycles as worn or under inflated tyres have been one of the most common themes.

Throughout the campaign BikeSafe representatives will also be out and about speaking to riders and promoting the 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.

Social media users can also follow the campaign via the #OpDarwen and #RideSafely hashtags.
To book a space on the free BikeSafe workshops please visit their website http://www.bikesafe.co.uk/

*subject to booking fee


Don't be a Fool Today, Get to Know the Fatal 5
1/4/15

Fatal 5 posterA Road Safety Wales information leaflet and poster have been developed to make road users aware of the five main causes of road traffic collisions and injuries in Wales.

The bilingual leaflet covers:

Drinking and Driving - Don’t risk being one of the 100,000 drink or drug drivers caught each year, or you could face a minimum 12 month ban, a large fine, a criminal record or even imprisonment. Stay alive don’t drink and drive.

Kill Your Speed - You are twice as likely to kill someone you hit at 35mph than you are at 30mph. Just a 1mph cut in average speed can result in a 5% reduction in the collision rate.

Don’t Get Careless - A vehicle can become a lethal weapon when driven carelessly. Getting a fixed penalty will result in a £100 fine and three points on your licence. Causing death by dangerous driving can mean a prison sentence of up to 14 years.  

Belt Up – You are twice as likely to die if you don’t belt up. Not wearing a seatbelt can be a fatal decision, even on short, familiar journeys and at low speed. As a driver you are responsible for ensuring that passengers under the age of 14 are wearing a seatbelt (or using the correct child restraint for their height and age.) On the spot fines are £100, but if prosecuted, the maximum is £500.

Switch it Off - You are four times more likely to crash if you use a mobile phone whilst driving, whatever you’re doing with it. The consequences for using your phone behind the wheel are a £100 fine and 3 points on your licence. And if you cause a death, you could face up to 14 years imprisonment. Don’t call other people if you know they are driving.

Copies of the Fatal 5 leaflets are available from your local road safety officer, or email: rpimm@rospa.com or telephone 02920 250600.

Click here to download the poster


Intergenerational Community Road Safety Campaign
20/3/15

CarOlder residents in the areas of Ystrad & Pentre have voiced their concerns regarding speeding traffic and drivers failing to stop at the Pedestrian crossings on the main road (A4058) through Ystrad & Pentre.

Partner organisations, local schools & businesses have decided to work together to formulate an Intergenerational Community Road Safety Campaign in the area to raise awareness and educate drivers and pedestrians of all ages. The campaign invites the local community to various free activities, information events and demonstrations throughout the week. Dates and venues can be found in the Promotional Flyer


Grid Reference Stickers and Location Markers
17/03/15

Ride Safely SignOne hundred and ninety ‘Ride Safely’ information posters are currently being placed on roads around the County, Powys County Council has announced.

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 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.

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.
Grid Reference Sticker

Sarah Morris, the Council’s Senior Road Safety Officer, said: “In 2014, 6 motorcyclists lost their lives as a result of a road traffic collision in the County and in excess of 25 motorcyclists received serious injuries.  As one of the most vulnerable road users in Powys, the Council’s Road Safety Unit wants to greatly reduce the number of motorcyclist casualties.”

Cllr John Brunt, Cabinet Member for Road Safety, said: “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.”

“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 01597 826979 or email road.safety@powys.gov.uk.  Alternatively, you can visit the Unit’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/RoadSafetyPowys


Child Car Seat Check Clinics Available for FREEChild Car Seat
17/03/15

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

Seven out of ten car seats for children tested in 2014 in England and Wales do not meet minimum fitting standards.  Good Egg Safety,which has tested 20,500 child safety seats in England, Wales and Scotlandsince 2002, found that 71% of seats tested in England and Wales were unsafein 2014. 

The figures come at the same time as Department for Transportstatistics revealing that the number of childdeathsor serious injury on Britain’s roads has risen for the first time in two decades. This meansthat two thirds of the children and babies in Britain are now at risk as aresult of the seat being improperly fitted, incorrect for the size andweight of the child, or wrong for the make and model of vehicle.

During 2013-2014 in Powys, the council’s Road Safety Unit checked 196 child car seats and found 121 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.

County Councillor Wynne Jones, Cabinet Member responsible for Road Safety, 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 our Road Safety Unit 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.

Sarah Morris, the council’s Senior Road Safety Officer, 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.

“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.”

Car seat clinics will be taking place around the County, at the following dates and locations, from 9am – 4pm:

Monday 23 March – Poundstretcher Car Park, Newtown
Tuesday 24 March – Tourist Information Centre Car Park, Brecon
Wednesday 25 March – Co-op Supermarket Car Park, Machynlleth
Thursday 26 March – Tesco Supermarket Car Park, Ystradgynlais
Friday 27 March – Aldi Supermarket Car Park, Llandrindod Wells

No appointment is necessary and each check should only take a few minutes.  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, email the Road Safety Unit at road.safety@powys.gov.uk. You can even ask for advice via the Road Safety Unit’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/RoadSafetyPowys


Road Safety Event Held for South Powys Pupils
4/3/15

Emergency Srvices

Sixth form pupils from across south Powys have taken part in a road safety education event that was held in Brecon.

The event was held at Brecon’s high school and leisure centre and was organised by Powys County Council’s Road Safety Unit, working in partnership with Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Dyfed Powys Police and the Welsh Ambulance Service.

Collision SceneAimed at sixth form pupils aged 16-18 years, the event staged a collision scene where pupils were given the chance to see first-hand what the emergency services do when there is a fatal collision, including scene management and the extrication of ‘drivers’ of vehicles.

The pupils moved indoors where they had the opportunity to see what happens in relation to court

proceedings when someone has been killed in a collision.

Gold-winning Paralympian Josie Pearson, MBE also attended the event and spent 15 minutes talking to the pupils about how a fatal collision she was involved in when she was 17 years old has affected her life.
Pupils at Brecon High School

Helen Richards and Bob Chard, whose teenage daughter Rachel was sadly killed in a collision were also present for the event and shared their experience with the pupils.

Students were then given the opportunity to question the council’s road safety officers, officers from the police, fire and ambulance services, Josie, Helen and Bob about what they had seen during the event and about anything relating to driving or road safety in general.

Volunteers from the Brecon and Radnor Branch of The Samaritans were also present on the day to offer help and support to anybody who had been affected by what they had seen.

Crash SceneCommenting on the event, Cllr Wynne Jones, Cabinet Member responsible for Road Safety, said: “I am sure you are all aware that young driver safety is a high priority for us. This was a first class and informative road safety event aimed very much at our young people and our aim is to keep them safe when they are on our roads.

“We are all working closely to reduce casualties on our roads, especially that of young drivers and their passengers. As drivers, passengers and general road users we are urging you to take care on the roads.”

Nichola Davies, the council’s Area Road Safety Officer, said: “We hope that all the young people who attended the event have an increased knowledge of road safety and indeed the responsibility they have to themselves and their peers to keep themselves safe.”


First Drug Driving Arrest in North Wales Under New Law
6/3/15

Police North Wales Police has made their first arrest under new drug driving legislation that came into force this week. At 8pm last night (Thursday March 5) police were called to a damage only road traffic collision on Newry Beach in Holyhead. Officers attended and tested the 19-year-old driver using the new drug-testing equipment.

He was then arrested on suspicion of drug driving and taken to police custody for further tests. He has since been released on police bail pending further enquiries. The new legislation came into force on Monday March 4 and now sets legal limits for how much of a substance – both illegal drugs and prescription medications motorists can have in their system whilst driving.

A new device, which has also been approved, now allows officers to test at the roadside using a swab from inside the driver’s mouth, to see if a motorist has taken cannabis or cocaine.

Sergeant Jason Diamond from the Roads Policing Unit said: “Whilst this is the first arrest under the new law it won’t be our last. Our message remains the same – don’t get behind the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs, it’s not worth the risk.”

Anybody who may have information relating to drug drivers should contact North Wales Police on 101 or alternatively Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Changes to the Drug Driving Law
2/3/15

Drug Drive Law From today (2 March 2015) the drug driving law has changed to make it easier for the police to catch and convict drug drivers. It is now an offence to drive with certain drugs above a specified level in your blood - just as it is with drink driving. Sixteen legal and illegal drugs are covered by the law, including cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine.

The limits for all illegal drugs are extremely low – taking even a very small amount of an illegal drug could put you over the limit.

The new offence will work alongside the existing offence of driving whilst impaired through drink or drugs.

The consequences

The penalties for drug driving are the same as for drink driving. If convicted, drivers will receive:

  • A minimum 12-month driving ban
  • A criminal record
  • A fine of up to £5000 or up to 6 months in prison or both

The consequences of a drug drive conviction are far reaching and can include:

  • Job loss
  • Loss of independence
  • The shame of having a criminal record
  • Increase in car insurance costs
  • Trouble getting in to countries like the USA

Latest drug driving announcements
Guidance for health care professionals


Cycling Focus for RoSPA's 2015 Family Safety Week
27/2/15

RoSPA Family Safety Week
RoSPA’s second national Family Safety Week (2-7 March 2015) will focus on the theme of ‘Safer Cycling’. Martin Roberts, from Homes under the Hammer, and the double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell OBE, will launch the Week at an event at Queensbridge School in Birmingham.

A different aspect of cycling safety will be covered on each day during the Week. On Tuesday the focus will be on the importance of choosing the right-sized bike for a child. Wednesday will look at cycling to school, Thursday will cover cycling to work and on Friday the spotlight will be on leisure cycling. The week will conclude on Saturday when the focus will be on sharing the road.

RoSPA will also use the event to launch the 2015 Family Safety Week National Cycling Survey, which will set out to shed light on the issues that are of most concern to cyclists, and those that may even stop people from cycling. Resources, other information and the survey will be published on the event’s new website which will goes live today


Powys Road Safety Unit logoSenior drivers encouraged to ‘Drive On’
4/2/15

Senior drivers in Powys still have the opportunity to build their driving confidence further by taking part in a free assessment.

‘Drive On’ is a free assessment drive being offered by the council’s Road Safety Unit for people aged 55 and over or for those who need some support with building confidence in their driving, thanks to funding from the Welsh Government.

As part of the ‘Drive On’ assessment, participants can choose a Driving Instructor from a list supplied to them and telephone them to make a booking.  They will meet the Instructor and drive for one hour – either in their car or the Instructors.  During this confidential assessment, any safety issues will be discussed so that they can be improved upon.

Driving experience is extremely important and research shows some older drivers do avoid situations where they know they feel anxious – these may include night time driving, busy towns, fast roads and bad weather.  But avoiding these all the time is not always possible, especially on rural roads.

The ‘Drive On’ assessment is one of the ways that senior drivers can improve their driving skills.  It is not about taking your licence off you.  The Instructor will encourage you to drive safely and in doing so, keeping you driving and mobile for longer.

The assessment drive can be tailored to meet the exact needs of the participant to increase their confidence.  As part of the assessment, each participant will receive a free Highway Code for them to keep and read at their leisure.

For further information, contact the Road Safety Unit on 07909 895 346 (Montgomeryshire), 01597 826637 (Radnorshire) and 01874 612355 (Brecknockshire).


Pupils Use Artwork to Slow Down Drivers
4/2/15
Penllwyn Primary School Posters

On Monday 26th January pupils from Penllwyn Primary School were awarded certificates by Cllr David Carter, Mayor of Caerphilly for their efforts in creating artwork to slow drivers down.

The pupils were invited to Ty Penallta to showcase their posters to the Mayor, who thoroughly enjoyed the visit: “It is wonderful to see the brilliant artwork of pupils from Penllwyn Primary School. I hope that these posters will make drivers think of their speed when using the roads surrounding this school, as well as others”.

This follows the problem identified by Penllwyn Primary of speeding traffic, so in order to combat this problem they requested a 20MPH zone around their school.  

The school children then took part in a project to design the posters with the local authority’s Road Safety Project Officer. This involved all of the children discussing the dangers caused to pedestrians and cyclists when motorists drive at higher speeds. The artwork placed on the signs will help draw attention to the new speed limit and make motorists aware that they are near a school.

The scheme at Penllwyn Primary was funded through a Safe Routes in Communities grant from the Welsh Government.

Cllr Tom Williams Cabinet Member for Highways, Transportation and Engineering said: “I was delighted by the hard work that pupils from Penllwyn Primary School have put into their posters. I hope that their artwork will remind drivers of the correct speed limit when driving around schools”.


A Number of Initiatives for Motorcyclists in Powys Motorcycle wheel
4/2/15

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.

In 2014, 6 motorcyclists lost their lives as a result of a road traffic collision in the County and in excess of 25 motorcyclists received serious injuries.  As one of the most vulnerable road users in Powys, the Council’s Road Safety Unit wants to reduce the number of motorcyclists involved in collisions.

The 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 Powys have the opportunity to attend the ‘Ride On’ one day motorcycle course, which is designed to give motorcyclists an introduction to advanced motorcycling and consists of an informal theory session, followed by an assessment ride out, which is captured on the tutors’ bike mounted cameras.

Courses are taking place at the following dates and locations:

Saturday 7 March – Llandrindod Wells

Saturday 28 March – Newtown

Additionally, the Road Safety Unit is sponsoring places on Dyfed-Powys Police ‘Bikesafe’ courses, to enable any motorcyclist who uses our roads to attend the course for free.

Courses are available at the following dates and locations:

Saturday 21 March - Newtown

Sunday 22 March – Llandrindod Wells

The Road Safety Unit, in partnership with Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service, also provides and delivers the ‘Biker Down!’ course for any motorcyclist who uses our roads.  The 3 hour course covers such topics as collision scene management, emergency first aid and helmet removal and the science of being seen.

Courses will be available at Fire Stations in Newtown, Llandrindod Wells and Brecon.  Additionally, the Road Safety Unit is able to take the course to existing motorcycle clubs.

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.

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


All Wales Winter Anti Drink and Drug Drive Campaign Results
20/1/15
Breath testOver 480 drivers in Wales were caught over the drink drive limit during the All Wales Winter Anti Drink and Drug Driving Campaign. Throughout the month-long campaign 30,718 drivers throughout Wales were breath tested between 1st December 2014 and 1st January 2015.

Dyfed-Powys Police carried out 8,204 breath tests with 140 being positive. In Gwent a total of 2,203 breath tests were carried out, with 42 being positive. In North Wales Police officers tested 15,627 drivers, with 76 being positive, and South Wales Police administered 4684 tests with 230 positive results.

The campaign was launched with support from drink drive victim Dr Mark Boulcott, who lost his wife and was left disabled by a drink driver. Speaking on behalf of the Welsh forces, Deputy Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police, and ACPO All Wales lead on Roads Policing Carl Langley said: "It is disappointing that 488 drivers throughout Wales chose to risk their own lives, and the lives of others during the campaign. We were clear in our messages throughout the campaign that drink or drug driving is not acceptable, and will not be tolerated. But those that chose to break the law and endanger themselves and other road users arrogantly were in the minority, and we thank the public that showed support for the campaign and were happy to co-operate.
"Drink driving ruins lives all year round, and our efforts to combat it continue throughout the year. We are asking the public in Wales to help us take these people off our roads, and report anyone you suspect of drink or drug driving.”

Chair of Road Safety Wales Susan Storch said, “Drink and/or taking drugs and driving is dangerous. Drivers should be under no illusion that if they get behind the wheel while under the influence they not only risk losing their licence, getting a fine and even a prison sentence but they are putting the lives of others at risk by doing so.
“We commend the efforts of our partners in the Police Service during the Winter Campaign as part of our continued efforts to drive home the message of ‘Drink or Drive’ not both.”

If you have information relating to someone you think is driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs, please contact Dyfed-Powys Police on 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999.
Notes:
During the 2013 Winter Campaign:
35,255 drivers were breath tested throughout Wales.
Dyfed-Powys Police carried out 11,281 breath tests with 161 being positive. In North Wales a total of 18,159 breath tests were carried out, with 107 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.


New M4 Speed Enforcement Cameras go Live in Port Talbot
19/1/15

Port Talbot M4 trafficNew average 50mph speed enforcement cameras on the M4 through Port Talbot have gone live.

The four cameras were installed in October on a two-mile stretch and during a trial period hundreds of motorists a day were found to be ignoring the speed limit. Enforcement action will come into force from today.

It will be the first permanent installation to go into operation on a Welsh section of the motorway.

Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership GoSafe said the testing period gave motorists a chance to become familiar with the limit and adjust their speeds and driving behaviour.



Innovation in Reducing Motorcyclist Casualties in Wales
14/1/15

Welsh Government logoThe ‘Innovation in Reducing Motorcyclist Casualties in Wales’ project is a new national competition launched by the Welsh Government to drive forward Wales’ innovation agenda.

This competition is funded by the Welsh Government and Innovate UK, and jointly run with RoSPA Wales. The competition will identify innovative projects that can help the Welsh Government to reduce the number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured on Welsh roads in particular accidents occurring at junctions.

Organisations are invited to compete for a share of a total of £510,000 in funding for the prototype development and demonstration of innovative technologies.The project provides an exciting opportunity to play a part in helping the Welsh Government to reduce the number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured on Welsh roads.

In 2013 motorcyclists made up only 0.2% of the road traffic in Wales (by distance travelled), but accounted for 31% of those killed or seriously injured. 17 motorcyclists died on Welsh roads in 2013 and 229 were seriously injured. Many of those injuries will be life changing. Allowing for year on year fluctuations, this figure has changed little in the last 10 years.

Wales is not alone in trying to tackle this issue but the attractiveness of the Welsh countryside to motorcyclists does mean that in addition to our own motorcyclists, we also attract a large number of visiting motorcyclists. We want to continue to welcome them to Wales, whilst ensuring they go home safely.

The reasons why motorcyclists are involved in collisions vary, but whilst motorcyclists are not necessarily at fault, they are physically more vulnerable than car users. That means if they are involved in a collision they are more likely to be killed or seriously injured than other road users. We know that motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable at junctions. Between 2009 to 2013, 49 per cent of motorcyclist KSI’s occurred at junctions, with 48 per cent of these being at T-Junctions.

The challenge will be to develop an effective intervention or technological feature that provides demonstrable improvements in the safety of motorcyclists, either by reducing the likelihood of a collision occurring, or by lessening the impact of a collision.

To find out more visit Sell2Wales here


Free RideSafe Course Offers Training to Monmouthshire Bikers
17/12/14

Motorcycle TrainingMonmouthshire County Council is offering young motorcyclists FREE training sessions to enhance Flyer Motorcycle trainingand refresh their riding skills. The RideSafe course offers training in positioning, speed and observation and is intended for young people who have passed their compulsory basic training test.

Courses will be held at County Hall, Usk on Saturday, January 10th, Heads of the Valleys Training at Gilwern on Saturday, February 14th and Caldicot Leisure Centre on Saturday, March 14th. Instruction will be carried out by local training organisation Biketrain.

Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for road safety, Cllr Bryan Jones said: “Motorcyclists are 55 times more likely than car drivers to be killed or seriously hurt in a collision so the RideSafe course is a vital step for young motorcyclists who wish to travel safely and responsibly”.

Contact Monmouthshire’s Road Safety Officer, Carolyn Derosaire to enrol or for further information:

email: carolynderosaire@monmouthshire.gov.uk or telephone 07818 036939.


Anti-Drink Drive campaign sends home serious message
16/12/14

A group of Bedwas High School pupils have been commended for their outstanding work towards this year’s Gwent Police Anti Drink Drive Campaign. caerphilly

The annual campaign was launched on Thursday 27 November, pupils across Wales were encouraged to enter poster designs to represent the anti dink driving message.  Molly Morgan of Bedwas High School successfully won the Gwent round of the competition and attended a special presentation event at Ty Penallta with other highly commended pupils from Bedwas High.

The presentation of prizes was made by Cllr. Tom Williams, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transportation & Engineering and Cllr. David Carter, Mayor of Caerphilly county borough.

Cllr. Tom Williams, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transportation & Engineering said: “I’m pleased to see so much fantastic work from pupils at Bedwas High School.  Their support of such an important campaign is great to see and I’d like to congratulate them on this brilliant achievement.  The annual Anti Drink Driving campaign plays an essential role in ensuring our safety whilst travelling and I’m certain that schools across Caerphilly county borough will continue to help spread the message of the dangers and consequences of drink driving.”


RoSPA Hopes New Lower Drink-Drive Limit Will Light the Way for Clock Change
15/12/14
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) welcomes Scotland’s new lower drink-drive limit but hopes the move will lead to another law change as it pushes for lighter evenings.  

From Friday (December 5), the new legal limit will be 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, a reduction from the current limit of 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, after plans by the Scottish Government were approved.  

The change, being implemented because Westminster has devolved powers to Scotland to set its own drink-drive limit, is strongly supported by RoSPA, which has campaigned for decades for a lower legal limit to be introduced across the UK.  

Sandy Allan, RoSPA’s road safety manager for Scotland, said: “The Scottish Government’s decision to lower the drink-drive limit in Scotland is a positive step towards saving lives and reducing injuries on Scotland’s roads, which we strongly support.  

“Consuming any amount of alcohol will affect your ability to drive and put you and others at risk of dying on our roads.  Research indicates if you have a blood alcohol level of between 0.05 and 0.08, the equivalent of the old and new limits, you are six times more likely to die in a crash. This change should clearly make it safer for all.  The only safe limit is zero.”  

But as part of its wider road safety strategy, RoSPA has recently asked William Hague, who is reviewing the constitution following the Scottish referendum, to introduce a similar devolution of powers in the constituent parts of the UK so they can make their own decisions on another important road safety issue - lighter evenings.  

Research has shown that a shift to Single/Double Summer Time could save lives and reduce injuries on roads across the UK, and yet perceived resistance to the change in Scotland has so far prevented it coming about.  

Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA’s chief executive, said: “We hope that the Scottish Government’s decision to lower the drink-drive limit will pave the way for change in the law for lighter evenings as well.  

“Research commissioned by the Department for Transport shows that about 80 deaths and at least 200 serious injuries would be prevented on the roads each year if the UK switched to Single/Double Summer Time, which could put the clocks one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) in winter and two hours ahead of GMT in summer.  

“Extra evening daylight would protect vulnerable road users like children, the elderly, cyclists and motorcyclists by making them more visible to motorists during the peak time in the late afternoon and early evening.  And contrary to wide-held opinion in Scotland, research by the Policy Studies Institute has shown that it is Scotland which would benefit disproportionately from this change.      

“Few people will understand how Scotland can be given freedom to implement its laudable road safety policy in one area and yet by a perverse devolutionary hookum, neither Scotland nor any other country in the UK can choose to implement a road safety law which would have a similar life-saving, injury-reducing effect, through daylight saving.  If such a freedom were granted, the ideal outcome would be for Scotland to make the first move.  But in any case, this artificial barrier to progress should not be used to prevent those who live further south from benefitting from the many advantages which daylight saving would bring.”  

In October, RoSPA wrote to William Hague, inviting him to include time-zone devolution in the constitutional changes he is overseeing.

For more information on RoSPA’s lighter evenings campaign, visit www.rospa.com/roadsafety/features/lighter-evenings.aspx


GoSafe Receives Prestigious Road Safety Award
10/12/14

GoSafe, the Partnership responsible for co-ordinating static and mobile camera enforcement in Wales has received a Prestigious Award from His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent in recognition of the effectiveness of its Young Driver “Deadly Mates” campaign.
Prince Michael of Kent and GoSafe

The Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards are presented to individuals, companies or organisations in acknowledgement of their outstanding contribution to improving road safety. GoSafe accepted the award at the annual awards luncheon ceremony at The Savoy along with over 300 guests including DCC Carl Langley, ACPO Lead for Wales.

Deadly Mates is a striking and hard-hitting campaign seeking to tackle the high number of serious and fatal road collisions associated with young people that are happening in Wales, especially when being driven by another young person who may be a friend or peer. The campaign has been running since 2006 and portrays the devastating facts that young drivers may have to deal with if driving too fast or not paying attention at the wheel.

In 2012 12% of the population in Wales represent young drivers aged between the ages 16-24, but in 2013 had a 22% share of Killed and Seriously Injured (KSI) road casualties in Wales. This group has a higher risk of becoming a road traffic casualty than younger and older age groups*.

Chris Hume, Partnership Manager for GoSafe said “It is an incredible honour to be recognised by Prince Michael of Kent and to receive such a prestigious award. Our strategy is to keep delivering a high standard of educational campaigns supporting the Welsh Government Road Safety for Wales Framework to help make the roads safer in Wales.”

In congratulating the winners, HRH Prince Michael of Kent said, “I congratulate you, your scheme has shown how a well-researched and carefully evaluated innovation can mGoSafe Awardake a real and measurable difference.”

DCC Carl Langley, Dyfed Powys Police and ACPO Lead for Wales said “The risks to young and inexperienced drivers are well understood, and I amdelighted that GoSafe have received this award for tackling an area of road safety which results in too many tragedies every year. Many congratulations to the team for their deserved success.”

Adrian Walsh, director of RoadSafe, the organisers of the awards scheme said, “Deadly Mates is a supreme example of how to run a partnership campaign – one simple coordinated hard hitting message used by all agencies”


Road Safety Week Activity in Caerphilly
5/12/14

A thousand children across Caerphilly county borough took part in Road Safety WeekTy Isaf JRSOs
(17 - 23  November) to support the national road safety campaign which focuses on promoting ways to stay safe as a pedestrian and as a car user.

Several initiatives took place throughout the week to promote awareness throughout Caerphilly, starting with Ty Isaf Infants School, whose Junior Road Safety Officers recorded any “Naughty Parkers” outside of the school and any vehicles where passengers were not wearing seatbelts. They then held a special assembly where they stressed the importance of wearing your seatbelt to keep you safe and ultimately save your life. The Junior Road Safety Officers at Ty Isaf Infants School will continue to monitor “Naughty Parkers” and others who do not abide by their road safety rules.

Blackwood Primary and Deri Primary also did their bit with assemblies to encourage pupils to walk safely to and from school by wearing bright and reflective clothing.  Ysgol Gynradd Caerffili also wanted to promote the importance of wearing bright and reflective clothing during the winter months by holding a workshop.

Pupils in Pantside decided to investigate drivers with the use of a speed gun. They were disappointed to see that many cars were going too fast and exceeding the 20 miles per hour speed limit in place outside of the school. They intend to write to parents to inform them that their investigations into those driving past the school will continue.

Councillor Tom Williams, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Engineering said that: “It is important that children have a view of road safety to help keep themselves and others safe. I am very pleased to see children with such an active approach towards road safety at an early age”.


Coleg Cambria, Multimedia Winners for the North Wales Region
5/12/14

In the Annual Road Safety Wales Multimedia Competition, four winning videos premiered at the launch of the All Wales Anti Drink and Drug Driving campaign on Thursday 27 November. These excellent and creative films will now be used by police and their partners in Road Safety Wales to highlight the consequences of drink driving.

Students from Coleg Cambria, Wrexham created the winning entry from the North Wales Police region. Their film, You Booze, You Cruise, You Lose begins with the line....”Just look what a gang of drunk teenagers can do to a car in a matter of seconds.”

What follows is thought provoking, impactive and gets straight to the point. Their winning entry can be viewed here

The winning team were presented with a prize of £500 for the College at a ceremony this week. Many congratulations to the talented contributors:
Ben Jones, Tom Griffiths, Alex Jones, Karen Bird, Simon Crumpton, Joe Croft and Imogen Thomas.

 

Coleg Cambria


Brand New Mission: Fatal 4law Film Empowers Young Passengers to Speak Up
5/12/14Fatal 4law

Young Powys motorists are being urged to go online to learn about being safe on the road both as drivers and passengers.

Powys County Council’s Road Safety Unit has created the Mission: Fatal 4law campaign, which centres around a page on the popular social network site Facebook.  The page – www.facebook.com.MissionFatal4law – provides information, help and advice on how individuals can influence the behaviour of other car occupants, especially the driver, and ultimately help to avoid a collision.

The Unit is urging people to watch a brand new film that forms part of the online campaign and which highlights some of the dangers of travelling with an irresponsible driver.  The short, powerful film, produced by Rataplan Films, is being shown on the Road Safety Unit’s social media pages and has been produced thanks to funding from the Welsh Government.

Road traffic collisions are the biggest killer of 16 – 24 year olds and this new film has been produced in an attempt to reduce collisions in this vulnerable age group.  

Cllr John Powell, Cabinet Member for Road Safety, said “Powys has had an increase in the number of young passengers who are killed or seriously injured in recent years.  The increase in the number of young passengers injured on our roads is a worrying statistic.

We want to show our young people here in Powys that even if they don’t drive, they still have a voice when it comes to their own safety.”

Sarah Morris, Powys County Council’s Senior Road Safety Officer, said “When you get into a car as a passenger, you are handing over responsibility for your life to someone else.  This brand new film will educate our vulnerable road users about how to keep themselves safe.

We hope to reduce the number of collisions involving young passengers and, in turn, our young drivers through the Mission: Fatal 4law campaign.”

If you would like to see the film, visit www.youtube.com/RoadSafetyPowys or follow the campaign by visiting www.facebook.com/MissionFatal4law

For advice and information on available courses, please visit www.facebook.com/RoadSafetyPowys


Get to Know The Fatal 5
2/12/14
Partners in Road Safety Wales have developed a new information leaflet to make road users aware of the five main causes of road traffic collisions and injuries in Wales.
fatal five


The bilingual leaflet which covers the consequences of :-

Drinking and Driving - Don’t risk being one of the 100,000 drink or drug drivers caught each year, or you could face a minimum 12 month ban, a large fine, a criminal record or even imprisonment. Stay alive don’t drink and drive.

Kill Your Speed - You are twice as likely to kill someone you hit at 35mph than you are at 30mph. Just a 1mph cut in average speed can result in a 5% reduction in the collision rate.

Don’t Get Careless - A vehicle can become a lethal weapon when driven carelessly. Getting a fixed penalty will result in a £100 fine and three points on your licence, with more severe consequences for death by careless or dangerous driving.

Belt Up – You are twice as likely to die if you don’t belt up. Not wearing a seatbelt can be a fatal decision, even on short, familiar journeys and at low speed. As a driver you are responsible for ensuring that passengers under the age of 14 are wearing a seatbelt (or using the correct child restraint for their height and age.) On the spot fines are £100, but if prosecuted, the maximum is £500.

Switch it Off - You are four times more likely to crash if you use a mobile phone whilst driving, whatever you’re doing with it. The consequences for using your phone behind the wheel are a £100 fine and 3 points on your licence. And if you cause a death, you could face up to 14 years imprisonment. Don’t call other people if you know they are driving.

Copies of the Fatal 5 leaflets are available from your local road safety officer, or alternately email:- anoble@rospa.com or telephone 02920 250600.


All Wales Winter Anti Drink and Drug Driving Campaign 2014
1/12/14

DyfDCC Carl Langley and Dr Mark Boulcott at the launch of the campaigned-Powys Police is leading the All Wales Winter Anti Drink and Drug Driving Campaign which will run from Monday December 1 2014 to January 1 2015.

Drink-drive victim, Dr Mark Boulcott will be supporting the campaign, after he lost his wife and he was left disabled by a drink driver, when the annual campaign is launched by Dyfed-Powys Police on behalf of the four Welsh forces. 

Dr Boulcott and his wife Karen, were riding a motorcycle when the fatal collision happened in 2006. Karen died at the scene, and Dr Boulcott had a long, hard road to recovery, but has been left disabled after sustaining life changing injuries. 

The driver of the car that hit them was three times over the legal alcohol limit for driving and also had class A drugs in his system .

During the 2013 winter campaign over 460 drivers in Wales were caught over the drink drive limit after 35,255 tests were carried out.

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

Deputy Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police, and ACPO All Wales lead on Roads Policing, Carl Langley said: “I would like to thank Dr Boulcott for supporting us with this year’s campaign, as reliving such a horrific and traumatic event publicly is incredibly difficult and brave.
“The campaign will once again focus on warning drivers that drinking and driving, or drug driving, is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
“If you drink and drive you significantly increase the risk of killing or seriously injuring an innocent person, yourself or both. We are asking people to think of the consequences, it’s just not worth the risk.
“Obviously, this isn’t just a Christmas problem, and we target drink drivers all year round. We need the public’s support to help us take these reckless, selfish people off our roads.”

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 Dyfed-Powys Police, or your local police force on 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999.


Creative Young People Deliver The Drink-Drive Message
27/11/14
Poster 2014

The seventh 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 at the campaign launch at Dyfed Powys Police HQ, Carmarthen, yesterday.

The winning entry for the Dyfed Powys Police region is by Gwilym Short and Morgan Jones from Llanidloes High School. The work has been completed as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.Using their terrific acting skills, comedy timing and impressive talent as filmmakers, editors and entertainers Gwilym and Morgan have created Pie-Eyed Pilgrimage. Through the use of comedy, the piece successfully imparts a serious message

Coleg Cambria, Wrexham created the winning entry from the North Wales Police region Their film, You Booze, You Cruise, You Lose begins with the line....”Just look what a gang of drunk teenagers can do to a car in a matter of seconds.” What follows is thought provoking, impactive and gets straight to the point.

Tom Parsons from Coleg Gwent at Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone has created the winning entry for the Gwent Police Force region. Tom has utilised his terrific animation skills to emphasise the importance of thinking about the potential consequences before acting.This is shown when the character thinks and visualises what could happen if he gets into the car and drives home following a visit to the pub. Tom wants viewers to realise that drink driving is a choice, and that choices bring consequences.A considerable amount of work has gone into the planning of this piece, followed by over 40 hours of animation work.

The winning entry for the South Wales Police region comes from Spark Blaenymaes Youth Project from Swansea, a group which has supported the campaign and been involved in the competition for many years. Their film Truth or Dare is a drama based around the serious, life changing implications of drinking and driving.Lesa Cullen and Cerys Rosser devised and star in the piece, along with Spark Blaenymaes staff.The film is a high quality and serves as a reminder that drinking and driving is a lethal combination.

Younger pupils were invited to enter the Anti Drink Drive Poster Competition, Road Safety Wales is very grateful to all those young artists who contributed with their exceptional entries.

The winning artists from each region will receive their £100 prize in presentations across Wales during the next week. The artists of the overall winning poster, Estephanie Cabulao and Jannica Necesito of Ygsol Blessed Edward Jones Catholic High School in Rhyl, attended the campaign launch to collect their prizes. The 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 the participants in this year’s competitions, who took the time and effort to consider this vitally important message.

“Alcohol, in any amount, will have a detrimental effect on driving ability. Every year across Wales and the UK, unnecessary deaths and casualties are caused by impaired driving.

I hope these films and poster will serve as a timely reminder that drink driving is illegal, unacceptable and foolish.”

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 on the Road Safety Wales YouTube channel here
The winning poster can be downloaded here. Follow @roadsafetywales on Twitter and Facebook for future campaign information.


Over 900 caught using their mobile phone whilst driving
18/11/14

More than 900 motorists were caught using their mobile phones whilst behind the wheel during the 2014 All-Wales Anti-Mobile Phone While Driving Campaign last month. The two-week enforcement campaign, which ran between 9th and 17th October, involved road safety partners and urged all road users to ‘keep their eyes on the road’ and not be distracted by answering their mobile phone, reading a text or going online.

Officers from all four Welsh police forces carried out proactive patrols to target motorists who endangered other road users through this behaviour and educated drivers on the penalties they faced if caught.

Go Safe safety camera vans, that can also enforce mobile phone offences, were used during the campaign and in North Wales the Roads Policing Unit used a HGV cab to try and catch offenders.

During the campaign, officers detected a total of 914 mobile phone driving offences throughout Wales.

North Wales Police issued 53 TORs (Traffic Offence Reports) while in the Gwent area a total of 72 fixed penalty notices were issued to law-breakers.

In the Dyfed Powys force area 447 notices were given, while in South Wales 342 offenders were caught and apprehended.

Since March this year drivers caught in North Wales have been issued with TORs. These have now replaced all endorsable fixed penalty notices which means the driver will be contacted with details of how their case will be dealt with – be it an offer of an educational course, a conditional offer of a fixed penalty and/or driving licence penalty points or an appearance at a Magistrates Court.

Those caught using a mobile phone behind the wheel in North Wales may be offered an educational course – similar to the Speed Awareness course. The driver improvement course, which addresses all manners of careless driving, is classroom-based and is offered at various locations across North Wales. Following an eligibility check the driver must pay for the course. The course can only be offered once every three years.

Chief Inspector Darren Wareing from North Wales Police’ Roads Policing Unit said; “It is disappointing that so many drivers chose to ignore our warnings. Even the most experienced or competent of drivers can be easily distracted and a slight lapse in concentration can have serious consequences.

“Along with drink driving, speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and driving carelessly, using a mobile phone behind the wheel, whether it be texting, using an app, or making a phone call is classed as one of the "Fatal 5"; the 5 most common causes of fatal road traffic collisions.

“With the increased use of smart phones we are seeing drivers being distracted whilst accessing their apps, reading their emails or accessing the internet. Drivers need to be aware that these actions carry the same danger and the same penalty.”

“This campaign is just one part of our continuing effort to target and reduce the number of drivers who risk becoming involved in a serious or fatal collision due to using a mobile phone while driving. This is not a seasonal effort – officers will continue to clamp down on drivers who risk their lives and the lives of others.”

Susan Storch, Chair of Road Safety Wales added: "Driving while using a mobile phone is not only illegal but dangerous. It doesn’t just put your own life at risk but also the lives of your passengers and other road users who may not have a say in your actions behind the wheel.

"While it’s saddening to see that so many motorists got caught using a mobile phone whilst driving it has also demonstrated the resolve of all the Road Safety Wales partners in tackling this issue and we will continue to work together to drive home the message that you need to switch off before you drive off."

During the two-week campaign officers also detected other offences whilst carrying out checks - including 113 offences of speeding, 64 offences of failing to wear a seatbelt, five offences of no insurance, four disqualified drivers and 31 arrests were made for drink/drug driving offences.

Notes:

During the 2013 campaign officers detected a total of 1,095 mobile phone driving offences. North Wales Police issued 95 fixed penalty notices, Gwent issued 47 notices, Dyfed Powys Police issued 862 notices and South Wales Police issued 91.

Since March 2014 North Wales Police have been using TORs (Traffic Offence Reports) to issue to drivers at the side of the road.  TORs have replaced all endorsable fixed penalty notices which now means the driver will be contacted with details of how their case will be dealt with – be it an offer of an educational course, a conditional offer of a fixed penalty and/or driving licence penalty points or an appearance at a Magistrates Court.

Advice:

  • Don't make or answer calls when you're driving
    All phone calls distract drivers' attention from the road. 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
  • It's illegal to use a hand-held mobile when driving on the road even if you've stopped at traffic lights or are stuck in a traffic jam or are in a car park
    All these situations are covered by the legal definition of 'driving on the road'.
  • Park safely before using your mobile phone
    Do not park on the hard shoulder of the motorway.
  • Don't call other people when they're driving
    If you call someone and they tell you they are driving, ask them to call you back when they have parked up safely

Pupils Warn Motorists With Green Cones
14/11/14

Cwmffrwdoer Primary School in Pontypool is the latest Torfaen school to introduce a green cone scheme to combat the problem of motorists parking inconsiderately.

Green traffic cones are placed on both sides of the road outside the school, so parents and pupils have a clear view in both directions and the children can cross safely.

Torfaen's executive member for neighbourhoods, councillor John Cunningham, said: "When too many vehicles try to park outside a school at the same time it can block a child’s view of the road. The green cone is a simple solution to what can be a dangerous problem.

“It has worked for other schools in the borough and I am sure it will lead to a reduction in parking problems around Cwmffrwdoer Primary School as a result.”

Members of the school’s eco committee launched the scheme and are encouraging parents to think about walking or cycling with their children to school if possible.

Head teacher Sarah Truelove said: "Unfortunately there are some motorists who park irresponsibly in front of the school. We hope that this scheme will encourage motorists to think a little more and help make the area safer for our children.”


More than 90% feel ashamed to drink and drive
7/11/14

Fifty yearstrapped ago today, the first drink drive campaign was launched and films have been warning us about the dangers ever since. More than 90 per cent of drivers say they would be ashamed to be caught over the drink-drive limit.

But it's still a massive problem on the roads of Great Britain, with the most recent figures showing 230 people died from drink driving in a year.

  • It's 50 years since the launch of the first drink drive campaign
  • 92% of people feel ashamed to drink and drive
  • In 1979 nearly two thirds of young men were drink driving on a weekly basis.
  • In 2012, 230 people were killed in drink driving accidents
  • Over 88% of people say that they would think badly of someone who drinks and drives
  • 61% would rather reveal their internet search history to their employer than admit to a drink drive conviction

Calls for new Scottish drink-drive limit to be introduced in England and Wales
3/11/14

68% of motorists surveyed by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) would like the proposed Scottish drink-drive limit to be introduced across England and Wales.

Under the new proposal, the Scottish government will lower the legal drink-drive limit from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood before Christmas to reduce the number of drink-related accidents and deaths on Scotland’s roads.

More than 80% of IAM’s 2,632 survey respondents confirmed that they drink alcohol, and around half (47%) agree that lowering the limit from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood will reduce the number of accidents taking place across UK roads.

Neil Greig, IAM’s director of policy and research, said: “England and Wales are now totally out of step with drink-drive limits across the rest of Europe. 

"Existing research has shown that between 63 and 116 lives can be saved every year by a lower limit.  Different limits are also a recipe for confusion and the IAM would urge the Westminster government to review its approach as a matter of urgency.”

The poll further revealed that around half (53%)  would prefer more thorough police checks to target drink-drivers, while only 5% would support an increase in alcohol prices to tackle the problem.


Police Launch Campaign Targeting Motorists Who Use Phones Whilst Driving
2/10/14

Mobile Phone Campaign

North Wales Police, along with colleagues from the other Welsh Police Forces and Road Safety Wales are launching a major crackdown on motorists who use mobile phones whilst driving.

The two-week all-Wales enforcement campaign is urging all road users to ‘keep their eyes on the road’ and not be distracted by answering their mobile phone, reading a text or going online.

Police patrols will increase across Wales for the duration of the enforcement campaign, which runs from 6th until 19th October, to promote the safety message and raise awareness of the dangers and penalties amongst motorists.

GoSafe safety camera vans will also be used for the duration of the campaign as they also enforce mobile phone offences.

Chief Inspector Darren Wareing of North Wales Police’ Roads Policing Unit said: “This campaign is just one part of our ongoing effort to target and reduce the number of drivers who risk becoming involved in a serious or fatal collision due to using a mobile phone whilst driving.

“Along with drink driving, speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and driving carelessly, using a mobile phone behind the wheel, whether it be texting, using an app, or making a phone call is classed as one of the "Fatal 5"; the 5 most common causes of fatal road traffic collisions.

“With the increased use of smart phones we are also seeing drivers being distracted whilst accessing their apps, reading their emails or accessing the internet. Drivers need to be aware that these actions carry the same danger and the same penalty.”

Since March this year North Wales Police have been using TORs (Traffic Offence Reports) to issue to drivers at the side of the road.  TORs have replaced all endorsable fixed penalty notices which now means the driver will be contacted with details of how their case will be dealt with – be it an offer of an educational course, a conditional offer of a fixed penalty and/or driving licence penalty points or an appearance at a Magistrates Court.

During the 2013 campaign over a 1,000 motorists were caught using their mobile phones whilst behind the wheel. Between 1st January and 31st July this year North Wales Police have issued 1,069 tickets for mobile phone offences.

Chief Inspector Wareing said: "It’s extremely disappointing that a number of people choose to ignore our warnings. Even the most experienced or competent of drivers can be easily distracted. A slight lapse in concentration can have serious consequences and this campaign will raise awareness about the issue and will hopefully lead to more drivers doing the right thing and obeying a law which is designed to keep them and other road users safe.”

Chair of Road Safety Wales Susan Storch said: “Driving a vehicle requires us to multi-task so anything above and beyond that needs to wait until we are safely parked up or until our journey has finished.

"Campaigns such as this demonstrate the resolve of all the Road Safety Wales partners in tackling this issue and we will continue to work together to drive home the message that you need to switch off before you drive off."

Executive Medical Director Matt Makin from the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board said: “We fully back this campaign as it can only takes a split second of distraction from using a mobile phone  behind the wheel to cause a tragic incident that sadly would call on our emergency medical care skill in this department.

“All of our Emergency Departments  have to pick up the pieces following  road traffic collisions and unfortunately we do  the shockwaves spread through family, friends and neighbours.

“We would  appeal to all  drivers to think twice regarding texting and calling on a mobile while driving.”

Throughout the campaign police and their partners will be using social media to highlight the campaign messages using the hash tag #fatal5 and #eyesontheroad

Notes:

During the 2013 campaign officers detected a total of 1,095 mobile phone driving offences.

North Wales Police issued 95 fixed penalty notices while in the Gwent area a total of 47 notices were issued to law-breakers.

In the Dyfed Powys force area 862 notices were given, while in South Wales 91 offenders were caught and apprehended.

Advice:

  • Don't make or answer calls when you're driving
    All phone calls distract drivers' attention from the road. 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
  • It's illegal to use a hand-held mobile when driving on the road even if you've stopped at traffic lights or are stuck in a traffic jam or are in a car park
    All these situations are covered by the legal definition of 'driving on the road'.
  • Park safely before using your mobile phone
    Do not park on the hard shoulder of the motorway.
  • Don't call other people when they're driving
    If you call someone and they tell you they are driving, ask them to call you back when they have parked up safely

Further information regarding the Go Safe partnership is available via their website www.gosafe.org


Yellow Triangle Scheme in Powys Powys logo
31/9/14

Powys County Council’s Road Safety Unit has launched a brand new initiative, which will give car drivers the opportunity to display a means of quickly ascertaining the driver’s details in the event of a collision.

The scheme will take the form of a yellow triangle and ‘Your Details’ card. The card, which will be completed by the driver, will give information about their next of kin, medical conditions, allergies and medications.  Please note, we do not ask for your address to be displayed, for security reasons.

The accompanying yellow triangle must be displayed in the bottom left hand corner inside the windscreen out of the driver’s field of view.

This yellow triangle will indicate that the driver’s details are readily available in the form of the card, which will be kept in the glove compartment. This will enable the emergency services to access driver’s details that are required by them and hospital staff.

Geoff Wilks, Road Safety Project Officer, said “As most mobile phones nowadays are lockable, and only accessible by a password, the mobile phoneI.C.E. (in case of emergency) system can no longer be relied upon to give the emergency services access to details. The yellow triangle scheme will go that one step further by not only providing next of kin details, but details of the card holder’s personal information”.

County Councillor John Powell, Cabinet member for Highways said “The Road Safety Unit is dedicated to reducing casualties across all categories of road users. I urge all Powys residents to take advantage of this worthwhile scheme”

To request a yellow triangle pack, please phone 01597 826979 or email your name and address to road.safety@powys.gov.uk.  For information on all road safety schemes, please visit www.facebook.com/RoadSafetyPowys


Fall In GB Road Death and Injuries
10/10/14
Figures reveal that the number of people killed and injured on the road of Great Britain has fallen to the lowest number since records began.

The Department for Transport’s (DfT) road casualty figures for Great Britain in 2013, show that road deaths fell by 2 per cent compared to 2012, to 1,713, while the number of people seriously injured dropped by 6 per cent to 21,657.

The report highlights that there was also a fall in the number of pedestrians and cyclists killed. A total of 109 cyclists died in 2013, a decrease of 8 per cent, and pedestrian fatalities fell by 5 per cent to 398. However, there was a slight increase of 1 per cent in motorcyclist deaths, which rose to 331 in 2013.

Read the full details here


Road Safety Under the Spotlight
22/9/14

A new national campaign urging drivers to adhere to 20mph zones outside schools is being supported by Pembrokeshire County Council's road safety team. The ‘20mph Rule Outside Schools' campaign from GoSafe is focusing on educating motorists about the importance of adhering to the relevant limit. Speed enforcement vans will be sent to four locations in Pembrokeshire over the next three weeks as part of the campaign.

Ziggy Meads

Pictured is Sally Jones from the Council's Road Safety Team with children Daisy, Mia, Oliver and Korey, from the Meads CP School with road safety mascot Ziggy the Zebra.



Chris Hume, Partnership Manager at GoSafe, said; "The launch of ‘20mph Rule Outside Schools' will help road users to stop, think and kill their speed.Our aim is for everyone in Wales to understand the effects that those exceeding the 20mph limit can have on families and friends.

"Failure to keep within the limit puts children at risk, and leaves drivers liable to prosecution."

Councillor Rob Lewis, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Major Events, said it was essential that drivers observe the 20mph speed limits outside schools.
"There are 25 zones outside schools in Pembrokeshire where the speed limit is 20mph," he said.

"If you speed in these zones you are putting children's lives in danger."

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.

The County Council's road safety team is also supporting a new national seatbelt safety campaign.The team visited local schools this week promoting seatbelt safety with mascot Ziggy the Zebra.

"The law states that all children travelling in the front or back of any car, van or goods vehicle MUST use the correct car seat for their size," said Cllr Rob Lewis.

"They must use a car seat until they are either 135 cm in height or 12 years old (which ever they reach first). After this they must use an adult seat belt. There are very few exceptions."

It is the driver's responsibility to ensure that children under the age of 14 years are restrained correctly in accordance with the law

The use of seatbelts is the single most effective method of reducing injury in motor vehicle collisions. Experts have estimated that increased seatbelt wearing as the result of national legislation and police enforcement has reduced fatalities by more than 20%.
"Research has shown that the use of child restraints can make a big contribution to reducing the severity of road accident injuries, said Cllr Lewis.

"A child under the age of four is 10 times more likely to be killed in a car crash if unrestrained. That's why wearing a seatbelt is not a matter of choice but something everyone must do."

Ziggy Ysgol Glan Cleddau


Ziggy at Ysgol Glan Cleddau

Pictured promoting the seatbelt safety campaign at Ysgol Glan Cleddau are pupils Sara and Dylan with Kirstie Donoghue, Road Safety Officer, and road safety mascot Ziggy the Zebra.

The Good Egg Guide to child in-car safety is available on request. Please email road.safety@pembrokeshire.gov.uk or 01437 775144 for a copy.


Update on Road Safety
Edwina Hart, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport
18/9/14

The Road Safety Framework for Wales was published in July 2013. It sets out the Welsh Government’s approach to road safety until 2020. A year on, it is timely to update Members on progress in implementing key actions in the Framework.

The Framework set a challenging target for a 40% reduction in the total number of people killed or seriously injured on Welsh roads by 2020. Two high risk groups were identified and specific targets set for a 25% reduction in the number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured and a 40% reduction in the number of young people killed or seriously injured. All three targets were set against a 2004-08 baseline.

The road safety statistics for 2013 showed an overall decrease in the total number of road traffic collisions resulting in casualties. However, whilst slight injuries continue to decrease, the number of people being killed or seriously injured increased last year. Single year figures fluctuate and are not reliable indicators, but if this continued, it would mean that, the consequences of collisions are becoming more severe.

In 2013, the number of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, killed or seriously injured exceeded those amongst car occupants. That means that in addition to the two high risk groups already identified, we also need to ensure we are protecting all vulnerable road users. I will consider the data and if appropriate identify further specific actions in relation to these groups.

So far this year, seventy people have been killed on the roads in Wales. And while this is very similar to the number at the same point last year, and the year before, any fatality on the road is a tragedy that we must seek to avoid.

I am clear that efforts must be stepped up to prevent or lesson the seriousness of road traffic collisions where possible. Welsh Government and our partners in local authorities and the emergency services are working together to achieve this. This includes undertaking a rigorous analysis of the data on collisions to highlight areas for action.

I have asked my officials to look at how we can strengthen our efforts on road safety and ensure that it is at the centre of our approach to transport. The Road Safety Framework for Wales made it clear that continued casualty reduction would require close working with our partners to achieve.

I regularly meet with both Local Authority Leaders and the Welsh Chief Constables and l recognise the importance of continued co-ordinated action to further improve safety on Welsh roads. I will continue to seek that expert input.

With the Police, I fund safety camera enforcement in Wales and increasingly the technology for speed enforcement will also be used to enforce seat belt use and identify illegal mobile phone use.

I have also refocused the All Wales Strategic Road Safety Group to ensure all Local Authorities are represented, along with our partners in the Emergency Services and third sector. Those meetings will focus on the data coming forward on collisions and seek the assistance of partners to identify the best course of action to take. Specific sub groups with a focus on young people and motorcyclists have also been established.

Local Authority leaders have provided me with updates on the road safety programmes they operate, which is giving a better picture of what is happening across Wales, so that we can start to identify good practice or gaps. Local authority leaders also provided details of work remaining to improve safety and access around schools and this information will help inform future work programmes.

I take the safety of our motorway and trunk road network very serious and I continue to deliver road safety engineering improvements on the trunk road network at locations where there is a high risk of serious collisions occurring.

I am very pleased to be working with the Office of the Children’s Commissioner Wales to identify the road safety issues of concern to children and young people who attend schools located on the trunk road and to be developing a programme of work to address these issues, which I will announce before Christmas.

I have provided Local Authorities with Road Safety Grant funding for both capital and revenue schemes in 2014/15. In setting the objectives for the grant I have been clear that resources must be targeted on actions that will reduce casualties. Capital funding was allocated on a competitive basis and only to schemes where there was a history of killed or seriously injured casualties. I am grateful to the Police and to RoSPA for supporting my Department in assessing the applications submitted which ensured that I had robust advice on which to make the grant awards.

I continue to require evaluation of the effectiveness of road safety schemes to ensure that funding is firmly focused on those initiatives that deliver casualty reduction. Reflecting this approach in the allocation of revenue funding, I specified four primary interventions against which funding would be considered. These interventions support the two high risk categories and children as vulnerable road users. These were:

  • Motorcycle training
  • Pass Plus Cymru
  • Kerbcraft
  • National Standard Cycle Training

There is some variation in the way in which these programmes are delivered across Wales and, while some local tailoring may be appropriate in recognition of the nature of the road network and traffic in different parts of Wales, any such differences need clear justification in terms of impact on casualties. In order to ensure that we are not seeing variation for its own sake and to ensure that we can identify the programmes that have the most impact on casualty reduction, I have asked my officials to carry out a number of evaluations. We will be looking at Pass Plus Cymru, motorcycle training and training for older drivers in this financial year and the outcome of these assessments will inform which programmes are funded in future.

I was delighted to visit Porthcawl Primary School today to see the improvements that will be made through Safe Routes in Communities investment. This project and one at Tremains Primary School are additional projects that I have been able to add to the list of projects to be delivered under the Safe Routes in Communities grant scheme this year.

Road safety will continue to be a clear focus and I will update Members on progress.


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.
twenty miles an hour

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
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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.”


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