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31/10/2017

Thousands Take Part in International Walk to School Month

Twenty schools located across Caerphilly County Borough have been taking part in International Walk to School Month throughout October.

Supported by Caerphilly's Road Safety Team, almost 5,000 pupils have taken up the challenge of walking to school.

Embracing active school travel, the pupils in all 20 schools have recorded the amount of walking, cycling and scooting to school with rewards for the classes with the  most sustainable journeys.

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30/10/2017

Promoting Gwynedd Road Safety Schemes

Gwynedd Council has been working with Bangor City Football Club to promote two worthwhile schemes available to the county’s residents - "Pass Plus Cymru" and "Living Well Driving Well".

The "Pass Plus Cymru" scheme is aimed at young drivers between 17 and 25, who have passed their driving test, to get more driving skills and experience in order to try and reduce the risk of them being involved in road accidents.

The "Living Well Driving Well" scheme is aimed at drivers 65+ and gives individuals the opportunity to have a qualified driving instructor go out with them in their own car for a short drive, on a familiar route, to offer tips and advice on any issues that cause them concern when driving.

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30/10/2017

Time to Think About Your Tyres

With a cold weather warning sweeping the nation, now is the right time for drivers to pay particular attention to tyre safety for the coming wintry months, says TyreSafe. That’s especially relevant to those who drive significant distances as the weather increasingly turns to the classic British experience of ‘all four seasons in a day’. That makes winter tyres an option for many but all road users should at least ensure tyres are in good condition and ready to face all possible road conditions.

As the UK’s average mean temperature is below 7°C throughout the winter months*, winter tyres become the optimal choice for motorists. Even at low temperatures, they stay supple and provide the best levels of grip unlike summer tyres which harden in these conditions. Winter tyres also have an increased number of ‘sipes’ or grooves in the tread allowing more contact with the road in icy or wet conditions.

All-season tyres are an increasingly popular option as they provide better performance than summer tyres in winter and are designed to be driven all year-round. However, they do not offer the optimal performance of summer tyres in warm weather or winter tyres in the cold.

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27/10/2017

Latest UK Pedestrian Casualty Statistics Prove it’s Time for a Change

More children are being hurt on Britain’s roads during the evening school run than at any other time of day – proving that it’s time the daylight savings system is changed.

The latest statistics from the Department for Transport show that of the 15,976 children hurt on Britain’s roads in 2016, nearly a quarter (22 per cent) were hurt during the hours of 3-5pm, while more than 1 in 3 of all pedestrian casualties happened between those times.

In fact, in every year since 2006 the majority of road casualties have occurred between the hours of 4-6pm; each year, the number of people killed and seriously injured on the country’s roads spikes immediately after the autumn clock change, due to the suddenly-darker evenings.

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25/10/2017

Project EDWARD 2017 Results

The results of TISPOL’s Project EDWARD 2017 are now available, and the UK was one of 15 countries that reported zero fatalities.  Unfortunately, however, there 43 deaths on the day across 31 countries in Europe, with Poland recording 10 and Romania and Greece 6 fatalities each.

Social Media activity was key to the day, and #Project EDWARD trended number 1 in Ireland, number 4 in the UK and number 5 in Germany, Spain and other countries during the day.  Total unique reach, between Tuesday 19 and Thursday 21 September was 25 million, and there were 8,813 posts over the 48 hour period.

As well as raising awareness of road safety issues, a key aim of Project EDWARD was to draw attention to the value of national and Europe-wide road safety targets:

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25/10/2017

Be Bright Be Seen This Halloween

Be safe and be seen this Halloween, is the message from Carmarthenshire County Council’s road safety team.

To coincide with the clocks going back on Sunday, 29 October the team is launching its annual ‘Be Seen’ campaign

As the evenings become dark earlier and it becomes more difficult for drivers to see pedestrians, children are being encouraged to wear bright or fluorescent clothing by day and reflective by night.

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20/10/2017

Brighten Up! Be Safe, Be Seen

Police are urging road users to be safe as the darker mornings and evenings approach.

Sunday 29 October marks the end of British Summer Time and North Wales Police would like to remind road users to take extra care and remain vigilant when out and about.

With the clocks going back by one hour, the changes mean the days become shorter and it becomes darker much earlier and children, pedestrians and cyclists become even more vulnerable as they are less visible to motorists.

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18/10/2017

Ken Skates Leads Push for Greater Road Safety in Wales

Although we have some of the safest roads in the world, every death or serious injury is one too many, Economy Secretary Ken Skates has said.

The Cabinet Secretary opened a high level Road Safety in Wales event in Cardiff on 18 October, bringing together key decision makers in the emergency services and local authorities. The event looked ahead to how new and emerging technologies will impact on safety on Welsh roads and how behaviour change models can be applied to reduce casualties, in particular among the most high risk groups of motorcyclists and young people.

Economy and Infrastructure Secretary Ken Skates said:

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17/10/2017

Operation Targets Illegal Bikers in Newport

Gwent Police officers have spent two consecutive nights targeting the criminal use of mopeds, motorbikes and other electric bikes across the City.

The operation, which ran throughout Thursday and Friday evening (12 and 13 October), saw officers within different teams and units come together to tackle the issue.

During the action officers conducted patrols in unmarked vehicles in a bid to catch offenders in the act of riding anti-socially and committing crime. In total ten mopeds and motorbikes were seized along with three high value mountain bikes and electric bikes.

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13/10/2017

Tread Carefully Not to End Up on Skid Row

Don’t end up on skid row. That’s the message from Carmarthenshire Council’s Road Safety Unit targeting tyre safety on our county roads.

The tyre safety campaign coincides with ‘National Tyre Safety Month’. The message is simple, tyres should be checked frequently and especially before a long journey. Drivers should take care of their tyres, keep them correctly inflated and replace them when worn or damaged.

Passenger vehicles (other than motorcycles) for not more than 8 seated passengers, Goods vehicles (not exceeding 3,500kg max gross weight), Light trailers (not exceeding 3,500kg max gross weight), must have a tread depth of at least 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and around the entire circumference. Most vehicles larger than those listed above and motorcycles 50cc and over with or without a sidecar, must have a minimum legal tread depth of 1mm.

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