1/6/12: ALL WALES SUMMER ANTI DRINK AND DRUG DRIVING CAMPAIGN
The National All Wales Summer Anti Drink/Drug Drive campaign 2012 backed by Dyfed Powys Police, South Wales Police, Gwent Police, and North Wales Police and in conjunction with Road Safety Wales Partners’, will commence today, Friday June 1st 2012 and run for the whole of the month.
In this years campaign the forces, led by Dyfed Powys Police, will be stepping up the pressure in a concerted effort to deter people from driving motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol.
Despite previous campaigns, people are still being killed or seriously injured as a direct result of this reckless practice. Any amount of alcohol or drugs in the body can affect a person’s driving ability and judgement.
As summer approaches traditional pastimes such as barbeques and parties often result in an increase in occasions where people are consuming alcohol. The majority of people make plans and are sensible about their travel arrangements, but there is also a hard core that are prepared to flout the law and drive with excess alcohol in their system. It is important that people also consider the morning after as excess alcohol could still affect a person’s ability to drive.
Chief Constable Ian Arundale said
“If you drink and drive 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 drinking and driving 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.
Think before you go out, watch what you drink, plan how you will get home and realise that the decision to drive after a drink could have devastating consequences.”
Chair of Road Safety Wales, Susan Storch, said:
"Our advice is that if you're expecting to drink alcohol during the Summer season, plan how to get home without driving.
If you’re drinking at barbeques be aware that you may not know how much you are consuming and don't offer an alcoholic drink to someone you know is planning to drive and don’t accept a lift from a driver you know has drunk alcohol. Be aware that you may still be over the legal limit the following day – the only safe way is to either drink or drive not both."
Corporate Head of Community Risk Reduction Area Manager Jim Cameron said:
“We are happy to be working in partnership with DPP and the rest of the Welsh road safety community, in order to drive this important message home to drivers across Wales.
We have recently filmed the consequences of a morning after drink driving arrest and would ask people to be aware of how drinking can affect their alertness and reaction times even the next day.
We would encourage every driver to consider the risk that their actions pose to other innocent road users and to treat other people in the same way that they would like their own family be treated and considered.”
Also supporting this years’ campaign is Dr Mark Boulcott who lost his wife, Karen, and was himself severely injured in a drink drive accident in 2006.
Dr Boulcott, of Herbrandston, who was left with serious injuries after the crash, said:
"The driver of the car that hit us was clearly unfit to be at the wheel and his young passengers had a responsibility to prevent him from getting into that car. If they had done so, Karen would still be here today.
Young people who find themselves in similar situations need to realise that they have a responsibility for overseeing their health and that of the driver of a car they might be in a passenger in.''
Anyone with information regarding individuals who are believed to drive while over the legal limit can contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously and confidentially on 0800 555 111.
16/7/10: SHOWTIME FOR ROAD SAFETY
At this time of year thousands of us head off to one of the many local or national summer shows and festivals around Wales. One of the largest events, the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show runs next week, and offers the opportunity for a timely road safety reminder to attendees in and around the busy showground.
Susan Storch, Chair of Road Safety Wales said, “Event co-ordinators at the Royal Welsh Show strive to ensure that everyone attending has an enjoyable and safe time, we would however encourage people to take personal responsibility as pedestrians, passengers, riders and drivers.
“A festival atmosphere can cause people to take risks which they would normally never take. We want people to enjoy the Show without putting themselves or others in danger on the road.
“It’s particularly important to take extra care if alcohol has been consumed. As it takes several hours for alcohol to disappear from the body, someone who was drinking the previous evening could very easily still be impaired or over the limit on their journey home the next day.”
Powys County Council Road Safety Team will be on hand throughout the Show, Sarah Morris Principal Road Safety Officer for Powys and the Vice Chair of Road Safety Wales encouraged show-goers to visit the stand, saying, “The Royal Welsh Show provides us with a great opportunity to raise awareness of a number of initiatives developed to reduce road casualties. Here we can engage with the full range of road users; from children to older drivers; providing tips and road safety advice as well as highlighting key messages and signposting attendees to a host of road safety schemes available throughout Wales.”
BikeSafe, the motorcycle assessment scheme offered by all four Welsh Police Forces, will be promoted at the stand along with Pass Plus Cymru, an initiative which offers young drivers the opportunity of further training. Now into its fourth year, in excess of eight thousand novice drivers have participated in the Pass Plus Cymru initiative. Available in all 22 Welsh Local Authorities, the cost is an affordable £20 thanks to a heavy subsidy made possible as a result of special Welsh Assembly Government funding.
28/6/10: NEW CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR FOR ROAD SAFETY WALES
Road Safety Wales, the partnership of all key road safety personnel across Wales has announced the appointment of Susan Storch as its new Chairperson and Sarah Morris as Vice Chair.
Susan Storch, civilian Road Safety Officer for Dyfed Powys Police, succeeds Joy Smith, Road Safety Manager for Neath Port Talbot, who expanded the role of Chairperson during her four year tenure. Susan has previously worked as an Approved Driving Instructor and a Road Safety Officer with Carmarthenshire County Council.
She welcomed her appointment saying, “I am delighted to accept the role and very much look forward to continuing to develop and stimulate national road safety initiatives which will keep Wales on track as one of the safest countries in the world in which to travel. Together with Vice Chair, Sarah Morris, Principal Road Safety Officer for Powys, I hope to consolidate the good work in road casualty reduction carried out throughout Wales. Making our roads safer is a challenge for all of us and the Road Safety Wales partnership will ensure that future road safety education, training and publicity schemes undertaken in Wales are as relevant as possible.”
2/6/10: ALL WALES SUMMER ANTI DRINK AND DRUG DRIVING CAMPAIGN
The summer anti-Drink and Drug Drive campaign of the four Police Forces in Wales was launched at the ASDA store in Blackwood on Tuesday 1st June.
The main speakers were Jeff Farrar, ACC of Heddlu Gwent Police, Joy Smith, Chair of Road Safety Wales and Kevin Barry, Deputy Chief Fire Officer of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Cllr Vera Jenkins, Deputy Mayor of Caerphilly CBC. Road safety professionals and members of the emergency services from across Wales were also present in support of the campaign.
At the event a display dispelling some popular myths surrounding alcohol was on show and information on drugs was also available. Gwent Police’s substance misuse team were on hand to advice about drug and alcohol related problems. ASDA Blackwood’s Events Team joined the displays with a demonstration of their alcohol-free drinks.
Penny Thorpe, Principal Road Safety Officer with Capita Symonds said, “Drink Driving is still a big factor in road casualty statistics in Wales. With the barbeque season here people may be tempted or even encouraged to have a drink before driving, this could have tragic consequences. We are particularly concerned if they are still affected the morning after, even though they may feel OK to drive.”
Statistics from the Gwent area over the last three years show that collisions and casualties as a result of drink driving peak between May and September. April 2007 to March 2010 statistics for Gwent police force area show that 62% of casualties in drink drive collisions occur in the summer months (April to September) with only 38% in the winter months (October to March)
Alan Rookes, Technical Director with Capita Symonds said, “The risks of drinking and driving are still not recognised by a lot of people, they assume Christmas is the critical time but the summer months figure much higher in the statistics.”
23/3/10: 2009 ALL WALES ANTI MOBILE PHONE CAMAPIGN
The four Welsh Police Forces, led by South Wales Police, in partnership with Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, the Welsh Assembly Government, and Road Safety Wales today (Tuesday 23rd March 2010) launched an All Wales Anti Mobile Phone Driving Campaign at the Aberavon Shopping Centre, Port Talbot.
JAG Communications retail store also supported the campaign by giving 50% off all Bluetooth mobile phones and handsets for today only.
Despite the recent law change where mobile phone driving results in three penalty points and a £60 fine, a number of drivers in Wales are still persisting with this dangerous activity and breaking the law.
Police patrols to target mobile phone driving will increase across Welsh roads for the month of April to promote the safety message and raise awareness of the dangers and penalties amongst motorists.
T/Assistant Chief Constable Richard Lewis of South Wales Police attended today's launch at the Aberavon Shopping Centre in Neath Port Talbot and said,
“The All Wales Anti Mobile Phone Driving Campaign is aimed at raising awareness amongst drivers about the real dangers involved when driving whilst using a mobile phone.
“When you’re using a mobile phone or handheld device at the wheel you’re distracted and your reactions will be affected. It only takes a momentary lapse in concentration before you could become the cause of a serious collision or be involved in a fatal road traffic collision.
“It doesn’t matter if you’ve got the phone to your ear or you’re texting on your lap, research shows that it affects concentration and reduces hazard perception and reactions.
“Driving and mobile phones do not mix. Using a mobile phone whilst driving makes you four times likely to have an accident and a phone call isn’t worth the risk.
“One of the five major contributory factors in all fatal and serious injury collisions nationally, involve the misuse of mobile phones by drivers.
“Penalties were increased in February 2007 to a minimum £60 fine and three points on your driving licence. If you are caught, you face being disqualified from driving and could end up in court with a £1500 fine and a prison sentence.”
“We want the use of a mobile phone at the wheel to be seen as just as reckless and socially unacceptable as drink driving and anyone caught using their mobile phone while driving will be prosecuted. Our message to them is that it’s NOT safe at all. You run the risk of killing yourself, your passengers, and other innocent road users.”
“Research by the Department for Transport has shown that three quarters of people believe that drivers who use their mobile phone are needlessly risking their own and other people’s safety.
“In the South Wales Police force area alone, in 2008 there were 3316 people caught and issued with a fixed penalty notice for misuse of a mobile phone. In 2009, this increased to 3641 which shows it is an increasing danger on our roads.
“We are committed to educating drivers, however, let there be no mistake, we are also committed to enforcing this law rigorously and will be stepping up patrols to target this illegal activity during April.”
Ali Thomas, Leader of the Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council said,
"I am really pleased that this All Wales initiative to highlight the dangers of using mobile phones when driving is taking place in Neath Port Talbot. Our Road Safety team have worked closely with South Wales Police to lead on this initiative and I must thank them for all the hard work carried out to highlight this problem."
25/8/09: 2009 ALL WALES SEATBELT CAMPAIGN
“Your seatbelt can save your life” - this is the important message that Welsh emergency services hope all drivers and passengers will take away from this year’s All Wales Seatbelt Campaign.
Gwent Chief Constable and National ACPO lead for Roads Policing, Mick Giannasi will be launching the campaign at Tesco, Ebbw Vale at 11.30am on Tuesday 25 August.
From September 7, 2009 Gwent Police will lead the All Wales Seatbelt Campaign warning motorists and passengers that they are risking their lives by not wearing belts and issuing fixed penalty notices to those who choose to flout the law. The two-week campaign involving Gwent Police, South Wales Police, Dyfed Powys Police and North Wales Police will run from Monday September 7, 2009 until Sunday September 20. The first week of the campaign coincides with a similar Europe-wide campaign by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network.
Teaming up with Capita Symonds and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, the police-led campaign will focus on education, to raise awareness of the dangers and possible consequence of not wearing a seatbelt, and enforcement. Officers will be out on the roads stopping and fining drivers and passengers of all ages not wearing seatbelts.
Motorists and passengers who chose to risk their lives by not taking the simple step of wearing a seatbelt could receive a Fixed Penalty Notice – the price of which has recently doubled from £30 to £60 – or be summonsed to court where they could face fines of up to £500.
As an alternative to prosecution, motorists and passengers will be given the opportunity to attend a showing of a film on the dangers of not wearing seatbelts.
2866 people were caught not wearing seatbelts in the 2008 campaign which ran between September 8 and 21.
Gwent Police Roads Policing Inspector Lee Ford said:
"We run seatbelts campaign every year and although the majority of people understand the risk they face by not wearing a seatbelt there are those who continue to ignore the dangers. Seatbelts can be the difference between life and death and every year in Wales people die needlessly because they are not wearing them. We are determined to target the problem. There will be a particularly strong emphasis on seatbelt use during the two-week campaign, but education and enforcement will continue all year round. By taking the simple step of fastening their seatbelts drivers and passengers can significantly increase their chances of survival in a collision. The extra care and couple of seconds to click it into place is undeniably worth it.”
Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Kevin Barry, from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service added:
"Like all Emergency Service workers, Firefighters attend road traffic collisions every day, and have to deal with horrendous and disturbing scenes. We welcome this chance to join our policing colleagues in emphasising how important it is to use your seatbelt - it could save your life".
Dyfed Powys Police Road Safety Officer Susan Storch said:
"Wearing a seat belt is such a simple, easy thing to do. Unfortunately, police officers see the consequences of driving without a seat belt all too often at crash scenes.
"While you'll face a fine if you are caught without your seat belt on, the key message we are trying to get across is that wearing a seat belt really could mean the difference between life and death - and that applies just as much to passengers as it does to drivers."
27/11/08: ARE YOU STUPID ENOUGH TO SHATTER A LIFE?
With Christmas fast approaching drivers are being warned to think about the devastating effect drink driving can have on people’s lives.
At the launch of this Christmas’ Welsh Assembly Government and Police anti drink drive campaign in Caernarfon, the family of Amanda Coulton of North Wales, who was tragically killed by a drink driver, gave a personal account of how it has affected them.
And North Wales Police, representing the four Welsh police forces, launched the annual drink drive crackdown with a stern warning to motorists out over the festive period; “We will take robust action if you are caught drinking and driving.”
Last year 19,554 drivers were breathalysed on the roads of Wales during the Christmas campaign and 587 of those tested positive.
Ieuan Wyn Jones, Deputy First Minister and Minister for the Economy and Transport, launched the latest advertising campaign.
The campaign highlights the problems associated with drink driving and reminds drivers to watch out for the dangerous ‘Moment of Doubt’ times, as it takes less than you think to become a drink driver.
Ieuan Wyn Jones, Deputy First Minister and Minster for the Economy and Transport said:
I am pleased to be here at my first Anti Drink Drive launch since becoming Minister for the Economy and Transport. For over 30 years the Government has been campaigning to change attitudes and help cut alcohol-related road deaths, but there are still too many families and too many individuals whose lives are being shattered by drink-drive related injuries and fatalities.
Although only a small minority of motorists continue to flout the drink-driving rules, this minority of irresponsible drivers still accounts for one sixth of all road deaths in this country. I ask these drivers to consider the potentially devastating effect that their behaviour may have on innocent victims, and stop being utterly thoughtless.
The Department for Transport have recently consulted on new anti drink drive measures including proposals for more effective enforcement which I hope will help root out and deal with this dangerous minority of drivers.
Over the next four weeks thousands of motorists face being stopped as teams from the four forces – North Wales, Dyfed Powys, South Wales and Gwent conduct road checks at various locations across the country.
Chief Superintendent John Turton from North Wales Police’s Operational Support Division said:
Despite previous campaigns, drink driving remains one of the essential themes in our strategy to reduce the number of serious injuries and deaths on the roads of Wales.
There will be a zero tolerance approach, both before and after Christmas and if you break the law and drive over the limit you not only run the risk of disqualification and a criminal prosecution, but you risk your own life as well as the lives of other road users.
We are determined to do everything we can to make the roads of Wales safer; however we cannot work in isolation. We need the support of the public to be able to make a real impact. I urge everyone to play their part – drink drive limits cannot be calculated and the only safe way is for you not to drink and drive.
Supporting this year’s launch are Angela and Derek Coulton, whose daughter, Amanda was killed following a collision in January this year.
Angela Coulton said:
There are no words to describe the devastation that’s been caused to our family. Too many innocent people are killed by unfit drivers leaving family members and friends grieving.
Amanda loved everything she did and had so many expectations. Her last words on her Bebo page were ‘I have the perfect life’ – how cruel for someone so happy in life to have it taken away.
My son has now become an only child. My husband would have been the proudest man alive walking Amanda up the aisle – I will never get the chance to be the mother of the bride. We will never see Amanda have children and look after them.
A child is the most precious thing a person can have. Unless anything like this has happened to you, you cannot even begin to imagine the trauma caused when your child is taken away.
The Deputy First Minister also presented the four regional winners of the Road Safety Wales Anti Drink Multi Media competition, in which young people were invited to deliver a anti drink drive message in the medium of their choice.
A DVD entitled the ‘Naomi Story’ by Emily Gronow, which was created for a competition to create a message targeting young drivers and passengers, as part of a Road Traffic Collision Reduction Initiative organised by Penarth Fire Station was also shown at the event. The DVD is based on the anti drink drive poem ‘Went To A Party Mum’ and will be used in future initiatives. Earlier this year Emily won the individual Road Safety Award for 2008.
24/09/08: WALES ROAD SAFETY AWARDS
The 9th Wales Road Safety Awards, in recognition of outstanding contribution to road safety, will be held at the Future Inns, Hemingway Road, Cardiff Bay on Monday 29 September. The presentation ceremony will take place during the annual Road Safety Wales Conference dinner and awards will be presented by the Welsh Assembly Government’s Deputy First Minister, Ieuan Wyn Jones.
This year’s recipients include a student from the Vale of Glamorgan, a school crossing patrol from Cardiff, a cinema manager from Neath Port Talbot, a car dealership from Rhondda Cynon Taf and two secondary schools from Carmarthenshire.
Award recipients will be presented with a souvenir and a cash award. The Deputy First Minister said, “It is a pleasure to be here today to present these awards and I congratulate all of the award winners on their commitment to improve road safety. Improving road safety in all areas of Wales is one of our ‘One Wales’ commitments and since 2000 we have allocated over £54 million directly to local authorities to help them deliver and implement road safety projects and initiatives in their local areas. In addition we have allocated over £27 million to our popular Safe Routes to School initiative and this year £10 million has gone to local authorities to help them implement projects that enhance safe routes in the community.”
Photographs of the recipients receiving their Award will be forwarded to the media following the presentation. Chevron has supported the Awards since their inception.
For further information contact Steve Baker or Michelle Harrington on 02920 250 600
Click here for a list of award winners
8/09/08: BELT UP! - ALL WALES SEATBELT CAMPAIGN
‘Not belting up can kill’, young people will be warned as part of an All Wales campaign stressing the dangers of not wearing seatbelts.
From 8th September 2008, South Wales Police will lead the All Wales Seatbelt Campaign, warning drivers they are risking their lives by not wearing belts and cracking down on motorists and passengers who flout the laws.
The two-week campaign by South Wales Police, Dyfed Powys Police, Gwent Police and North Wales Police, will run from Monday 8 September 2008 until 23.59 hours on Sunday 21st September and will particularly focus on young drivers.
In Wales so far this year, as in previous years, officers have seen a number of young people killed in collisions who were not wearing belts.
As part of the campaign officers will be educating young people, particularly in the 17 to 25 age group, about the dangers of not wearing belts.
Officers will also be on the roads stopping and fining drivers and passengers of all ages who flout the law.
Officers will be issuing £30 fixed penalty notices and some people could find themselves summonsed to court where they could face fines of up to £500.
The campaign launch will take place at the Norwegian Church, Cardiff Bay at 10.30am on Monday 8 September.
18/7/08: ALL WALES ANTI DRUG DRIVING CAMPAIGN
Following the recent success of the All Wales Summer Anti Drink Drive campaign, the Welsh police forces are joining together for a campaign targeting drug drivers. Dyfed Powys Police are leading the All Wales Anti Drug Driving Awareness Campaign which will be launched at 11a.m on Monday the 21st of July at the YFC stand in the Royal Welsh Show.
For the launch, a Music Challenge will take place aimed at young people aged from 14 to 26 from all over Wales. The challenge involved getting a band/group together and producing a song about the issues and dangers of drug driving.
Each Local Authority will have a band to represent their county at the final. The overall winner will be judged and announced on the day. The winner of the Summer Anti Drink Driving Launch will also be there to perform their winning song.
Assistant Chief Constable of Dyfed Powys Police, Mr Nicholas Ingram said:
“The message that drinking and driving is illegal and will not be tolerated is well known and has been used for years - but it's vitally important for everyone to be aware that taking drugs and driving is also illegal and will not be tolerated. This is also a lethal combination - people who take drugs and drive run the risk of killing themselves and other innocent road users. By engaging with youngsters on this issue, and getting them to think of the dangers through a medium they enjoy - hopefully the message will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”
14/7/08: ALL WALES SUMMER ANTI DRINK DRIVE CAMPAIGN RESULTS
More drivers than ever before have been breath tested during an All Wales summer anti drink drive campaign, but less than 5 per cent were found to be over the legal limit.
Over 12,000 drivers were breath tested by the four Welsh forces in the campaign which ran from June 1 to June 30. This compares to 7,970 in 2007.
Of these 4.2 per cent proved positive which compares to 5 per cent for the previous year.
The percentage of drivers giving a positive test after collisions was 6.5 per cent.
The number of under 25s breath tested was 3,635 with 353 positive, refused or failed to provide; which equates to 4.2 per cent.
In Dyfed Powys Police one of those arrested was just 15 and found to be over the legal limit.
Deputy Chief Constable of Dyfed Powys Police, Andy Edwards, said: “It is pleasing that the percentage of positive tests has fallen.
“What is concerning is the number of people found to be over the legal drink drive limit following collisions. This clearly demonstrates the serious risk they are putting themselves and others at.
“All the Welsh forces target drink driving throughout the year and our message is simple – if you drink don’t drive.”
2/6/08: WALES SAYS DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE
The Welsh police forces are joining together for a summer campaign targeting drink drivers. The campaign starts on June 10 and will involve increased stop checks by all the Welsh police forces.
People are being urged to think before they drink and not to get behind the wheel if they have consumed alcohol.
Acting Chief Constable Andy Edwards, of Dyfed Powys Police who are leading on the campaign, said: “In the summer many people take advantage to have parties and barbecues especially when the sun is shining."
“However as these events may take place over a number of hours they may lose track of how much they have had to drink. We would like to remind people there is no set amount of alcohol which can be consumed before legally getting behind the wheel."
“People who drink and drive run the risk of killing themselves, their passengers, and other innocent road users. If you are stopped and found to be over the limit you face being disqualified from driving and having a criminal conviction which can have a massive impact on your life."
“The best advice is simple - if you drink, don’t drive.”
During the campaign last summer 7,970 breath tests were administered in Wales with 400 (5 per cent) being positive.
30/1/08: TOO MANY NEEDLESS DEATHS 25 YEARS AFTER SEATBELT LAW
Twenty-five years after a successful RoSPA campaign to introduce the first seatbelt law, around 370 people a year are still being killed in road crashes because they do not wear a seatbelt.
Well over 50,000 lives have been saved by seatbelts since 1983. But Steve Baker, Head of RoSPA Wales, said: “It is shocking that a stubborn minority of people still do not belt up when they get into a vehicle. Research shows that about a third of car occupants receiving fatal injuries are not wearing seatbelts.
“We need to understand why they are still not getting the message and to ensure there are regular targeted campaigns so that deaths and injuries continue to reduce.
“It may be that some people simply forget to wear their belts and need to be encouraged to get into the habit. Others may not feel they are necessary or that it is not ‘cool’ to wear one. Perhaps it is time to consider giving drivers three penalty points when they fail to wear their belts.”
The first seatbelt law came in 25 years ago on January 31 after RoSPA’s then President, Lord Nugent of Guildford, won the day for compulsory wearing in the front seat of cars by introducing an amendment to the Transport Bill in the House of Lords. A law making it compulsory to wear seatbelts in the back of cars was introduced in 1991.
“Thousands of lives have been saved by seatbelts thanks to RoSPA and Lord Nugent’s efforts,” Steve Baker said. “Unfortunately, while around 94 per cent of people in the front of cars wear their seatbelts - and that is still too low - only about 70 per cent of adults wear them in the back.
“As television advertisements have shown, an unbelted rear seat passenger can be thrown forward and kill someone in the front of a car. In a crash at 30mph, if unrestrained you will be thrown forward with a force of between 30 and 60 times your own bodyweight.
“There is also a big problem with van drivers (69 per cent wearing rate) and their passengers (58 per cent) and we need employers to do more to ensure their drivers and other employees put on their seatbelts.
“Recent car seat laws have done more to protect children, but adults need to set an example by wearing their own belts so that children understand the true value of seatbelts as they grow too big for a child restraint.”
A new all-Wales campaign to educate young people about the dangers of driving too fast is being launched.The Deadly Mates campaign will see traffic officers stopping young drivers and handing out promotional material.
One in four car drivers killed or seriously injured in crashes in Wales is under 25, say police.
The most dangerous drivers are young men with passengers because they drive for the thrill of it and to "show off", said a road safety scheme spokesman.
Gwent Police will run the two-week campaign for the three other forces in Wales and the Mid and South Wales Safety Camera Partnership. The campaign has a website and dedicated police road patrols will target young drivers.
It will also run alongside the all-Wales anti-drink drive campaign which began on 3 December.Insp Lee Ford of Gwent Police's Roads Policing Unit said young drivers had more accidents than anyone else and the aim was to make them think of the consequences of their actions."They are responsible for around one in five of all the accidents where someone is killed or seriously injured."
"There appears to be a very cavalier attitude to safety amongst some young drivers where they do not value or understand good driving skills. "
Jim Moore of the Mid and South Wales Safety Camera Partnership said the most dangerous drivers were most likely to be new, with little or no experience.
"Their friends put pressure on them to take risks at the wheel for a laugh or they race other cars which is stupid and really dangerous," said Mr Moore.
"Making sharp risky driving moves at speed or driving too close behind other cars is really dangerous as they won't be able to brake in time if, for example, a child runs into the road," he said.
"The most dangerous people behind the wheel are young men with passengers - because they drive faster for the thrill of it and to show off."
30/11/07 : GOT A LIVING, GOT A LIFE?
The 2007 Anti Drink Drive campaign, designed to highlight the problems and issues associated with drink driving - especially with the lead up to Christmas, will be launched on Monday 03 December at the All Nations Centre, Sachville Avenue, Heath, Cardiff.
Assistant Chief Constable, South Wales Police, Mr Giles York will be speaking at the event on behalf of the police and Joy Smith, Chair of Road Safety Wales will act as compere for the event and introduce the winners of the Road Safety Wales poster competition.
Reflecting on some of the different aspects relating to drink driving the Welsh Assembly Government Road Safety Team, the Police, Road Safety Wales Officers and Local Authority representatives will be working together to advise drivers to watch out for the dangerous 'Moment of Doubt' times, as it takes less than you think to become a drink driver.
Angels of Chaos, an all girl band from Ebbw Vale Comprehensive School in Blaenau Gwent, will be performing their song 'Just Stop' at the event. The band won the Road Safety Music Challenge 2007 organised for comprehensive schools all around the Gwent area. The song, composed specially for the Challenge, reflects on the consequences of drinking and driving.
Robin Shaw, Chief Executive, Transport Wales, Welsh Assembly Government will present the winners and runners up of The Anti Drink Drive Poster competition with prizes that have been supplied by Road Safety Wales.
Drivers across Wales are reminded that they can’t calculate their alcohol limit and that even having one or two drinks can affect their judgement and slow down their reactions.
Ieuan Wyn Jones, Deputy First Minister and Minister for the Economy and Transport said: “Drink driving costs more than lives and I am urging drivers to leave their cars at home if they are out socialising this Christmas. You can’t calculate your own drink-drive limit so the only safe option is not to drink and drive.
"Drink Drivers are a danger to themselves and others and there is no place for them on our roads in Wales."
Assistant Chief Constable of South Wales Police, Mr Giles York said, "Last year, over 14,000 motorists were breathalysed so our message to all drivers is: 'Don’t drink and drive because you will get caught'."
"On average, 3,000 people are killed or seriously injured each year in the UK in drink drive collisions. Yet, last Christmas nearly 600 Welsh motorists still lost their driving licence because they took their own lives, and other innocent lives, into their hands."
"Statistics show the 17-24 age group make the mistake of thinking they can get away with drink driving, which is why this year's campaign is clearly directed towards them and any other driver who is intent on breaking the law."
Drivers in Wales are reminded that if they drive over the legal drink drive limit they could receive a hefty fine and lose their driving licence, their job, their friends and maybe even their life.
2/11/07 : NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY WEEK
The safety of children whilst out on roads and pavements will be given extra emphasis next week (5 – 11 November) during National Road Safety Week. Brake, the national road safety charity and co-ordinators of the week, will be urging drivers to slow down around schools and homes and is calling for further measures to help and protect children travelling on foot and by bike. For further information about National Road Safety Week and its aims log on to: www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk
Although child road casualties in Wales have decreased since the mid 1990’s by nearly
50% there were still 10 children killed, 134 seriously injured and 1,153 slightly injured
During road safety week in Wales, road safety practitioners will continue to engage in the promotion of ongoing accident prevention work within the following initiatives:
Through various other initiatives local authorities will also be encouraging young road users to wear fluorescent and/or reflective material as the darker evenings approach.
Specific initiatives are also being held as follows:
A media launch is being held in Gabalfa Primary School, Cardiff at 10.00am on Tuesday 6 November
Blaenau Gwent pupils will be learning more safety skills at a Crucial Crew event
A Junior Road Safety Officers Conference is being held in Bridgend
Carmarthenshire County Council’s road safety mascot Gari Gofal will be touring the
County’s schools with Pudsey Bear collecting money raised for Children in Need
as a result of school road safety initiatives.
New National Standards Cycle Training is being held in Bridgend
New National Standards Cycle Training Instructors are being trained in Bridgend and Denbighshire
Children’s Traffic Club birthday parties are being held in Denbighshire
Neath Port Talbot will be taking their road safety trailer throughout the county to raise awareness of the week.
Swansea’s road safety mascot ‘Rocky the Rooster’ will be touring primary schools
12/10/07 : ALL WALES SEATBELT ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN
Don’t be a dummy. Belt up!
Dyfed Powys Police launched the All Wales Campaign at Llandrindod Wells on September 10th, which was followed by a 2-week enforcement period. Unfortunately there are still people travelling on our roads that insist on not wearing a seatbelt with over 97% of those caught being drivers and adult passengers. There is no excuse for not wearing a belt; the consequences if you’re unfortunate enough to be involved in a collision are simply not worth the risk.
The aim of this campaign was to tell drivers and passengers the importance of wearing a seat belt both in the front and the back of a vehicle as well as ensuring that any children under the age of 14 were carried safely but unfortunately there are drivers carrying children in ill-fitting or damaged child restraints. We would urge you to check all child seats within your vehicle and ensure you follow your manufacturer’s guidelines for the correct restraint.
Chief Inspector Phil Davies, Operations Dept, Dyfed Powys Police said, “Although enforcement of the law was the primary tactic used by the Four Welsh Forces in this campaign it is important to note that education remains a key feature in our overall aim of reducing the number of casualties in motor collisions and to this end we will continue to raise awareness of seat belt wearing to improve road safety on our regions roads.”
Cllr Gwilym Evans, Powys County Council said, “In-car safety checks have been carried out at numerous locations throughout Powys with startling results. On average, only 2 – 5% of all checked car seats pass the inspection. The most common problems include seatbelts being incorrectly routed, car seats that are incompatible with the make of vehicle and ill-fitting harnesses.” Cllr Evans added, “I would urge all parents and guardians to take advantage of these In Car Safety checks whenever they are in your area, as using the appropriate restraint significantly increases your chance of survival in a road traffic collision.”
Dyfed Powys Police are leading an All Wales Seatbelt Campaign that will be launched on Monday September 10th 2007 in Llandrindod Wells in conjunction with the Powys Community Safety Partnership to remind drivers and passengers of the dangers of not belting up.
Since the law to wear front seatbelts was introduced in 1983, it’s estimated that 50,000 lives have been saved, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). Although most road users are fully aware of the potential consequences of not wearing a seat belt, police officers throughout Wales will be clamping down on those who continue to ignore the law, endangering all road users.
Dyfed Powys Police Chief Inspector Phil Davies said: “Wearing a seat belt is such a simple, easy thing to do. As police officers, we see the consequences of driving without a seat belt all too often at crash scenes. While you will face a fine if you are caught without your seat belt on, the key message we are trying to get across is that wearing a seat belt really could mean the difference between life and death - and that applies just as much to passengers as it does to drivers.”
By simply wearing a seat belt, drivers and passengers can increase their chances of survival in a collision by as much as 60%.
During the last All Wales campaign in 2006, over 3,000 people were caught not wearing their seatbelt with most of those being drivers. If you travel in a car vehicle without your seatbelt on you are not just putting yourself at risk in a collision but are putting others travelling with you in danger too.
Chief Inspector Phil Davies added, “From September 2006 until June this year (since the new child seat regulations came in) we have seen 372 offences in Wales whereby children have not been safely restrained while travelling in the vehicle. I would urge parents/carers/guardians to attend the launch on September 10th to receive practical advice from a child seat expert (provided by Powys County Council) who will be available all day at ALDI car park in Llandrindod Wells. ”
The two-week enforcement campaign will run throughout Wales from September 10th to 24th 2007.
30/05/07 : ALL WALES SUMMER DRINK/DRUGS DRIVE CAMPAIGN 2007
Police forces throughout Wales will be stepping up the pressure this summer in a concerted effort to deter people from driving motor vehicles whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The campaign will start on June 4th 2007 and the likelihood of drivers being stopped by the police during this time will increase.
It is of real concern that despite significant improvements over recent years together with advertising campaigns and education programmes, people are still being killed or seriously injured as a direct result of drink driving. Indeed there is evidence to suggest that the problem of young men willing to risk all by driving while drunk is re-emerging. Any amount of alcohol or drugs in the body can affect a person’s driving ability and judgment. Coupled with youthful exaggeration of driving ability it makes for a fatal combination.
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