Welsh Police forces have launched a month long campaign to reduce the number of drivers putting themselves and others at risk by driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
Led by South Wales Police, the campaign will see increased resources on the roads across Wales.
In the last 50 years, road casualties caused by drink driving have fallen dramatically- this is due to change in attitude regarding drink driving and also the improvements in technology and processes by the Police. However according to the Department for Transport there has been a six-fold increase in the number of people caught drug-driving across the UK.
Free Drive for Life courses are being run by Pembrokeshire County Council's road safety section. The one-day refresher course is for experienced motorists, over 65, who are driving regularly. It aims to give them an overall update on all aspects of safe driving, both in theory and in practice.
Mr Sam Hassan, 78, from Milford Haven, recently undertook the course with his wife Janet. He said all drivers aged over 65 should consider doing it.
"It was very beneficial," said Mr Hassan, a former electrical engineer at Total. "I've been advising people my age that if they have the chance, they should go and do it! And it was a nice day as well, very enjoyable."
Riders and employers are being encouraged to join the motorcycle industry in promoting the benefits of commuting on two wheels, as part of an annual week-long initiative.
Organised by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), Ride to Work Week 2018 takes place between 18-24 June, with 18 June named as Ride to Work Day.
Using the tagline #commutehappy, Ride to Work Week aims to encourage a shift towards powered two wheel (PTW) commuting. The campaign highlights the benefits of riding a PTW to work which include saving time and money, easier parking and improving road skills.
Road Safety Wales, the partnership of all key road safety personnel across Wales has announced the appointment of Teresa Ciano as its new Chairperson.
Teresa Ciano, Partnership Manager for GoSafe, succeeds Susan Storch, civilian Road Safety Officer for Dyfed-Powys Police, who expanded the role of Chairperson during her successful eight year tenure. Remaining a key officer within the partnership, Susan Storch will take on the role of Vice Chairperson.
On her appointment, Teresa said, “I am delighted to accept this role and look forward to working with all partners in Road Safety Wales in support of the partnership’s mission: To further casualty reduction through collaborative working.
From Monday 4 June 2018 learner drivers will be able to take driving lessons on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales, although it will not be compulsory for everyone to do so. The aim is to help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely.
Since 2006, young drivers in Wales have been able to participate in Pass Plus Cymru, an enhanced version of Pass Plus, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) post-test course. Ever since the scheme was conceived, the Welsh Government has provided road safety grant funding to local authorities to enable young drivers in Wales to contribute just £20 to the cost of attending Pass Plus Cymru.
Consisting of an interactive workshop followed by a practical element, the course has traditionally involved driving in town, on rural roads and on dual carriageways; areas that many young drivers may have already covered in their driving lessons. Pass Plus Cymru builds on these skills and teaches drivers how to deal with a wide range of situations that they may not have encountered whilst learning to drive, including driving on motorways.
The Department for Transport has announced innovative new laws which will mean people can use technology like remote control parking on British roads from June.
Changes to the Highway Code and relevant regulations were consulted on earlier this year and received overwhelming support from a range of groups including manufacturers, insurance groups and haulage companies.
Developments like remote control parking and motorway assist have the potential to transform car travel for those with mobility challenges, unlocking tight parking spaces and using computers to help driver accuracy on the road. Not only that, but technology has the potential to make driving more energy efficient meaning cheaper, cleaner journeys, with improved air quality for both drivers and pedestrians.
Supported by Caerphilly Council’s Road Safety Team, schools across Caerphilly have been involved in Walk to School Week 2018.
Over 7,000 pupils at 27 schools have enjoyed a healthy stroll to school, with many taking part in one of 20 regular walking buses that run weekly throughout the summer months. Walking buses pass through local communities and allow pupils to join at regular ‘bus stops’ along the journey, as they safely make their way to school in the company of fellow pupils and school staff.
Pupils at Maesycwmmer Primary School enjoy their walking bus each Friday, and even the rain didn’t put them off taking part in Walk to School Week. Each week the walking bus makes its way through the village as the pupils discuss a topic of the week, sing songs and wave to members of the community as they go. The walking bus allows pupils of all ages to get to know each other, providing pupils with the chance to make friends with pupils in other classes they wouldn’t usually see during a school day. The walking bus also allows teachers the chance to get to know pupils better, as they discuss their hobbies and what they enjoy doing outside of school hours.
From Monday 4 June 2018, learner drivers will be able to take driving lessons on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales. This will help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely. At the moment, you can only have motorway lessons after you’ve passed your driving test.
Learner drivers will need to be accompanied by an approved driving instructor in a car fitted with dual controls. Any motorways lessons will be voluntary, and it will be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough for them.
Until the law changes, it’s still illegal for a learner driver to drive on a motorway, and the changes only apply to learner drivers of cars; learner motorcyclists won’t be allowed on motorways.
THINK! has published more than 50 new child road safety resources for parents, teachers and schools as part of a new campaign.
Launched on 16 May, the campaign is fronted by CITV star Sam Homewood and urges children to ‘stop, look, listen, think’ when crossing the road.
The free resources, which are available from the THINK! website, include mobile games and educational films, photographs and illustrations created by students from Farnborough Sixth Form College – as well as a new THINK! map to help children pinpoint risky areas near them and consider the best way to travel safely.