Project EDWARD: Let's Make 21st September a European Day Without a Road Death

The first European Day Without A Road Death is taking place across Europe on Wednesday 21 September. Devised as Project EDWARD by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL), the initiative seeks to draw attention to the average of 70 deaths occurring every day on the roads of Europe.

UK support for Project EDWARD comes from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), Road Safety GB, Road Safety Scotland, Road Safety Wales, the Automobile Association and many public and private organisations.

TISPOL believes it’s vital to gain the support of national governments, as well as winning the hearts and minds of individual road users, in order to bring about sustained and significant reductions in death and injury on Europe’s roads.

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School Bus Checks Carried Out in Bala

Safety checks were carried out on school buses in the Bala area yesterday (Thursday, September 15th) by officers from the North Wales Police Commercial Vehicle Unit.

Working in conjunction with the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) a total of five buses were stopped and checked once the children had been taken to school. Other vehicles were also routinely stopped.

Prohibitions were given on some of the school buses - including a delayed prohibition for a vandalised seatbelt and a second delayed prohibition for an obstruction on the gangway. Two Inspection Notices were given for an incomplete first aid kit and an emergency door not opening wide enough.

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Road Safety Wales Multimedia Competition

To promote the anti drink/drug and driving message, youth organisations, schools and colleges are invited to devise, perform and record a live action multimedia presentation that will warn people of the dangers and/or consequences of driving under the influence of drink and/or drugs. With the introduction of a new law relating to drug driving, Road Safety Wales would welcome entries with an anti drug driving theme.

For more information please visit You can view previous Competition Winners on YouTube.

Competition guidelines:

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GoSafe 2016 Public Opinion Survey

GoSafe, the Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership, is launching their latest Public Opinion Survey.

GoSafe is seeking the views of communities and asking for the public and their key influencers to take the time to complete a short questionnaire, to ensure that they are aware of the views and opinions of the people that matter – you.

What are your thoughts on the work that GoSafe does?

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53 Vehicles Stopped in Crime Crackdown in Newport

Officers in Newport held an operation yesterday targeting travelling criminality. During the operation, 53 vehicles were stopped.

  • One person was arrested as they had failed to appear at Cardiff Magistrates Court for traffic offences and a warrant had been issued for their arrest.
  • One vehicle was seized for using red diesel. A £539 on the spot fine was issued.
  • Four people found committing benefit fraud, two of which had an immediate suspension of their benefits. Follow up enquiries are being made by the Department of Work & Pensions on all four.
  • Four follow up enquiries to be made by the UK Border Agency, including three Polish nationals, who were found in the same car, who had been convicted of offences since being admitted to the UK.
  • Nine vehicles immediately taken off the road by VOSA for a variety of serious defects.
  • One vehicle taken off the road by VOSA for exceeding drivers hours.
  • One vehicle taken off the road by VOSA for being 10% overweight.
  • Five vehicles were seized for not having adequate insurance.
  • 13 traffic offence reports were issued for offences including no insurance, no licence, defective tyres and seat belt offences

Inspector Matthew Havard said: "We want to send a strong message to anyone intent on criminality in our communities, that this will not be tolerated. More operations are planned for the future, so be warned, we will be waiting!"

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Driving Tests and Learning to Drive – Consultation

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency wants to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on Great Britain’s roads by making sure newly-qualified drivers are better prepared for driving on modern roads.

To do this, the driving test needs to better assess the candidate’s ability to drive independently in modern driving conditions. The changes are to:

  • increase the ‘independent driving’ part of the test from 10 to 20 minutes
  • ask candidates to follow directions from a sat nav during the ‘independent driving’ part
  • replace the ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn in the road’ manoeuvres with more real-life scenarios, for example, driving into and reversing out of a parking bay
  • ask 1 of the 2 vehicle safety questions (known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions) while the candidate is driving, for example, asking them to use the rear heated screen

The consultation closes at 25 August 2016 11:45pm - you can respond by going to

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Warning of the Dangers of Fatigue

Fatigue is estimated to be a contributory factor in up to 20% of road collisions. These types of crashes tend to be high speed impacts resulting in death or serious injury, because a driver who has fallen asleep cannot brake or swerve.

Sleepiness reduces reaction time, a critical element of safe driving, and also reduces alertness and concentration. The ability to perform attention-based activities, such as driving or riding is impaired and decision making can be badly affected, as information cannot be quickly processed by a person who is tired.

Chair of Road Safety Wales, Susan Storch, said:

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Anti Drink/Drugs Driving Campaign Results

Over 9,000 breath tests carried out and over 190 drug wipes administered during an All Wales Campaign

Led by Dyfed Powys Police the campaign ran from Friday 10th June until Sunday 10th July during which time a total of 9,532 breath tests were administered across Wales with 306 of those being positive, refused or fail to provide. 199 roadside tests for drugs were administered with 131 showing positive for drugs.

The offence of drinking alcohol or taking drugs and driving is one of the "fatal 5"; the five offences that can lead to death or serious injury on our roads. The others being careless driving, excess speed, failing to wear a seatbelt, and driving while on a mobile phone.

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Landlords Receive Award for Road Safety Contribution

Vale of Glamorgan landlords Jennie and Digby Rees were presented with a Road Safety Wales Award 2016 in recognition of their continuing awareness of road safety in the rural village of Peterston Super Ely.

In the early 1990s, Jennie and Digby became alarmed by the congestion surrounding St. Bride’s Road – the main road through the village – during the local primary school’s start and finish times. As many of the school’s pupils came from outside of the village, the narrow roads became congested with an increasing number of parents dropping their children off for school, who would then have to cross the busy roads to get to their lessons.

With the safety of pupils in mind, Jennie and Digby approached the head teacher and governors of Peterston Super Ely Primary School, and offered the use of their parking facilities at the Three Horse Shoes for parents’ vehicles at the beginning and end of the school day.

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Wales By Bike - Promoting CRASH Cards

A new blog on is encouraging motorcyclists in Wales to carry a CRASH Card.

At some point in your motorcycle riding life you may have an ‘unscheduled dismount’ or you may be with a rider who does. CRASH is a set of easy to remember steps to keep you safe, as well as the unfortunate rider who has been involved in a collision.

One side of the card has the mnemonic 'CRASH'. The person making the 999 call is the most important person at the scene, because the information they give determines the response of the emergency services. The card follows a similar set of questions universally used by ambulance service control centres, and focuses on safety, the location of the collision, and how serious it is.

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