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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
.
The 72 year-old, who was born in Broad Haven, began working for the school in September 1973 when her two daughters were young. As well as her lollipop duties, she also helps out as a mid-day supervisor. And despite her decades of service, Joyce has no plans to retire. "I enjoy being with children," she said. "Over the years I have seen them grow up and now I often look after their children as well. "I feel fine and as long as they need me I'll carry on."

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


Caerphilly Child Car Seat Check
28/7/14

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

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

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

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

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

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


Mini Road Safety Campaigners Celebrate
25/7/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Free Motorcycle Training!
15/7/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Go Safe Launch Campaign
14/7/14

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

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

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

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


Free Cycle Training for Powys Residents
4/7/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

PS Jason Love leading the campaign said;

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

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


Swansea Student Benefits From Motorway Instruction
2/07/14

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

Four presentations planned for the afternoon session will be:

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Casualties, Collisions and Collaboration
13/6/14

go safe logo

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

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

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

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

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

Visit the website at www.deadlymates.com


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

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

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

or seriously injured casualties.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Cycling Badgers at Monmouth Library
10/6/14

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

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


BikeSafe Cymru
2/6/14

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

The Minister said:

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

Written Statement  - Local Transport Fund


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


New Road Safety App
6/5/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Helping Motorcyclists Ride Safely
24/4/14

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

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

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

The courses will be held in:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Operation Darwen Begins in North Wales
24/4/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*subject to booking fee


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


A494 Road Safety Initiative
16/4//14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ridersafe
14/4/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Motorcycle Training Wales, Llandarcy - Neath Port Talbot

SMART Motorcycle Training, Swansea - City and County of Swansea

Kickstart Motorcycle training, Carmarthen - Carmarthenshire

Podium Motorcycle Training, Haverfordwest - Pembrokeshire

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

 

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