Drive for Life

Experienced motorists aged 65+ can brush up their driving skills on a free one day refresher course.

The Drive for Life course, run by Pembrokeshire County Council takes place once a month at Haverfordwest Fire Station and aims to provide experienced drivers who are driving regularly with an overall update on all aspects of safe driving.

The day is split into two parts, the first is a theory based classroom session followed by a practical session with an approved driving instructor.
The theory sessions covers topics such as:

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£450,000 For Innovative Projects To Reduce Motorcyclist Casualties

Two projects which aim to improve road safety and reduce the number of motorcyclist casualties will share up to £450,000 of Welsh Government research funding to develop their products, the Economy and Transport Minister, Edwina Hart has announced.

In July of last year the Minister announced the four successful projects under the first stage of the Welsh Government’s Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), which required companies to identify pioneering approaches to reduce motorcyclist casualties in Wales – a priority road safety target for the Welsh Government.

The funding they received helped them to run feasibility studies as part of the first phase of the challenge. The four projects were then invited to bid for funding for phase 2 of the initiative, which will help develop the products to point where they can be marketed.

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Usk Pupils Receive Crucial Road Safety Training

Year Three pupils in Usk Primary School who completed the national Kerbcraft pedestrian training programme have been presented with certificates by the Chairman of Monmouthshire County Council, Councillor Brian Strong.

Accompanied by Monmouthshire County Council’s Kerbcraft training staff and parent volunteers, the children have been taught to recognise appropriate places to cross roads and acquire skills to become safer pedestrians.

Usk Primary is just one of many schools that participate in the Kerbcraft pedestrian training scheme managed by the council. Offered to all schools in the county, the Welsh government-funded scheme is administered by three staff assisted by over sixty volunteers. In the previous 12 months, over 900 children in Monmouthshire have received Kerbcraft training.

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Young Driver’s Wheelie Nice £250 Surprise

A young driver from the Gwendraeth Valley has not only improved his driving skills but has been lucky enough to win a £250 cash prize.

Pass Plus Cymru Joshua Rees, aged 17, from Penygroes, recently completed a Pass Plus Cymru course.

The scheme helps young people aged 17 to 25 who have recently passed their test to improve skills and gain extra experience.

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Double Parking Causes Access Chaos For Emergency Services

Narrow streets and residents double parking has impact on emergency services' ability to access incidents

In the 2011 census, it stated there were 12 cars per 10 households in South Wales and this increase since 2001 has had an impact on the accessibility of some of the narrower South Wales streets for emergency services vehicles, especially the fire appliances of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS).

To raise awareness of the issue in areas such as Blaenavon, where there have been previous issues with appliances struggling to access streets and incidents, SWFRS alongside Gwent Police and Blaenavon Town Council, will be sharing information on how residents can park safely, as well as allow enough room for an emergency vehicle to pass.

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RoSPA Launches Website To Keep Older Drivers Safe On The Roads

A website aimed at helping older people adapt to changes in their driving to stay safe on the road, has been launched by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). has been set up by the safety charity, with funding from the Department for Transport, to provide advice and information for older drivers in a bid to help them to drive safely for longer.

The website gives tips on how people can update their driving skills and knowledge to maintain their freedom and independence on the road, as well as advice for families or friends who are concerned about a loved one’s driving. It will help drivers to:

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Mature Motoring Workshops in March

Driving refresher workshops are now available free of charge for senior drivers in Powys, the county council has announced.

Powys County CouncilMature Motoring workshops are two-hour informal courses developed and delivered by Powys County Council’s Road Safety Unit, thanks to Welsh Government funding. The workshops are aimed at drivers aged 65 years and older.

The workshops focus on issues such as driving licence requirements, the effects of medication, personal safety while driving, winter driving, the dangers of drink driving and not wearing seatbelts.

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Road Safety Initiatives For Motorcyclists in Powys

Motorcyclists in Powys have the opportunity to become safer riders thanks to a series of road safety initiatives that are now available.

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

The first initiative is called ‘Ride On’ – a one-day motorcycle course designed to give motorcyclists an introduction to advanced motorcycling. It consists of an informal theory session followed by an assessment ride out, which is captured on the tutors’ bike mounted camera.

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597 Arrested During All Wales Winter Anti Drink/Drug Driving Campaign

The campaign launched on 1st December and concluded on New Year’s Day. During this time police officers across Wales breath tested 22,811 motorists.

Gwent Police, the lead force in this campaign, carried out 1130 breath tests with 47 positive, refused or failed. North Wales Police tested 8894 drivers, with 82 being positive, refused or failed. South Wales Police tested 4409 motorists and 205 were positive, refused or failed. Dyfed Powys Police carried out 8378 breath tests with 164 being positive, refused or failed.

Overall 99 motorists were arrested for drug offences. This breaks down to 21 in Gwent, 35 in North Wales, 26 in South Wales and 17 in Dyfed Powys.

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Campaign Outside Carmarthenshire School Clocks Speeder

Some 88 motorists were found to be exceeding the 20mph speed limit outside a Carmarthenshire school during a recent week-long road safety campaign. The joint Road Safety Partnership campaign was held outside Llechyfedach School, Upper Tumble from 11-15 January.

The campaign was run by Carmarthenshire Roads Policing Unit, GoSafe Safety Camera Partnership and Cross Hands Neighbourhood Policing Team, who spent the week outside the school at key times. Officers provided a visible presence outside the school and carried out preventative measures along with enforcement and education to motorists.

Carmarthenshire Roads Policing Sergeant Ian Price said: “This was a successful operation focussing on casualty reduction where road safety issues were dealt with positively providing the community and parents with confidence that school children of the area can walk to and from school safer in the knowledge that positive action has been taken to educate motorists. Similar campaigns are planned within Carmarthenshire over the next few weeks.”

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