Visit Wales’s Year of Adventure

There is still time to take part in Visit Wales’s Year of Adventure and enjoy the Welsh countryside whilst walking or cycling. Wales has some of the best walking and cycling routes, from the Taff Trail to the Llangollen Canal, through breath-taking scenery and nature.

Sustrans Cymru have listed their top ten best routes in Wales which showcase what Wales has to offer walkers and cyclists of all abilities. Take a look through their list here.

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Rhondda Cynon Taf Celebrate Road Safety Week 2016

It was a busy week for Rhondda Cynon Taf's Road Safety Team with a string of events and activities taking place across the borough to promote Road Safety Week.

The team worked in partnership with Dan Brain from Halfords to carry out child car seat checks at Asda in Aberdare and to give help and advice on ways to stay safe. They also had the help of the Junior Road Safety Officers from Cwmdar Primary School in Aberdare as well as another special visit 'Zarla the Zebra' the road safety mascot. Several parents took up the opportunity to have their child's car seat checked to ensure they were as safe as possible whilst travelling in the vehicle.

The Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs) in RCT were very busy carrying out their own tasks for Road Safety Week. JRSO's at YGG Llyn-Y-Forwyn, Our Ladys RC, Tylorstown and Penygraig Junior School presented 'Be Bright Be Seen' assemblies as well as acting out a short play on the importance of wearing bright clothing near the road particularly when its dark. Treorchy Primary JRSO's also designed their own PowerPoint on road safety and presented it to the whole school. JRSO's at Llwynypia Primary carried out a parking operation along with RCT Road Safety Officers and the Civil Enforcement Officers to prevent parents from parking on the yellow zig-zag lines.

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Winners of All Wales Anti Drink/Drug Drive Multimedia Competition 2016

The Road Safety Wales Multimedia Competition challenges schools, colleges and youth groups to devise, perform and record a multimedia presentation with an anti drink/drug drive message in time for the All Wales Winter Anti Drink/Drug Drive Campaign.

Participants aged 11-25 were encouraged to use a variety of genre: film, music, PowerPoint, poetry, animation – the choice was theirs. Unusually, this year, all the winners were animations.

Winners attended the launch of the all Wales Anti Drink/Drug Drive Campaign in Merthyr Tydfil where they were presented with their prizes and their films were premiered.

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Road Safety Wales Poster Competition Winners Receive their Prizes

The winners of the Road Safety Wales Christmas Poster Competition joined the launch of the All Wales Anti Drink/Drug Drive campaign in Merthyr Tydfil today to receive their prizes.

Susan Storch, Chair of Road Safety Wales said, “We are very grateful to all those young artists who contributed with their entries. A great deal of thought goes into the making of their artwork and I’m sure that the young people involved learn about the consequences of driving under the influence when they are exploring their ideas, researching the topic and creating their excellent posters.

Four outstanding posters were selected by the judges:

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Wales-Wide Festive Drink and Drug Drive Crackdown

Police forces are preparing to crack down on drivers who get behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs ahead of the festive season.

Drivers will be breathalysed and also checked for drugs during the campaign after a change to the law last spring.

Nearly 23,000 motorists were breathalysed during the operation last December.

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Parents Need More Help to Keep Kids Safe From Accidents - RoSPA Centenary Survey

Most parents in Wales are unaware that accidents cause the most deaths of children and young people aged 0-19, according to research conducted for the 100th anniversary of UK safety charity the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

Just over a third of parents (34 per cent) across the country correctly identified that accidents are the top killer in this age group in the UK, with more than half (58 per cent) thinking other causes of death, including cancer or intentional self-harm/suicide, were most prevalent or saying they didn’t know what caused the most deaths.

Latest mortality figures* reveal that accidents remain the biggest cause of death of children and young people aged 0-19. Across the UK in 2015, accidents claimed the lives of 405 children and young people in this age group, ahead of congenital conditions (385) and cancer (370).

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Virtual Reality: Road Safety

Since April 2015, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) has attended over 1,890 road traffic collisions (RTCs) where there have been 39 fatalities and 867 rescues with injuries. The Service will be embracing virtual reality (VR) technology to raise awareness of the dangers on our roads and the Fatal 5, with a focus on using a mobile phone while driving.

SWFRS has found that 22% of its RTCs in the last 18 months have been between the hours of 3pm and 5:59pm, with 246 of those incidents taking place on ‘A’ roads.

The 360° VR video gives drivers the most realistic experience of a road traffic collision from the front seat passenger's perspective, with users experiencing a full crash scene extrication. The technology incorporates 360° filming and is designed to show drivers the dangers of the roads and what can happen if things go wrong, especially when being distracted and using a mobile phone while driving.

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Driving for Work: Incident Reporting and Investigation

RoSPA has published a new and free to download 'Driving for Work: Incident Reporting and Investigation' guide. It offers simple advice for developing and implementing a comprehensive incident reporting and investigation policy.

Accidents are very costly in human and financial terms but, if investigated correctly, they also represent highly valuable safety learning opportunities. However, many factors can compromise good investigations, such as:

  • Only concentrating on immediate causes and not underlying root causes
  • A lack of understanding and skill by investigators
  • Not using structured methods to integrate evidence
  • A tendency to only seek to attribute blame
  • Only seeking evidence that satisfies preconceptions and stopping the investigation too soon
  • Failure to gather all the evidence (particularly poor interviewing techniques)
  • Fear of recrimination and traumatised victims and witnesses inhibiting openness
  • Not scaling investigations to the seriousness or learning potential of the accident or incident (investigating everything in the same way)
  • Poor communication of lessons learned
  • Failure to implement recommendations from the investigation

Therefore, organisations need to have a structured, methodical approach to accident, incident and near miss reporting and investigation, with the right policies, procedures and equipment in place to be ready and able to conduct thorough investigations, with staff who are appropriately trained to do so.

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Road Safety Week: A Programme of Activities

A programme of activities is taking place across Carmarthenshire during Road Safety Week.

The aim of the week – which is being held between November 21 and 27 - is to raise awareness of road safety issues, and in particular, what we can all do to make our roads safer and reduce the number of accidents.

The council’s road safety team has organised various events from free child car seat checks, to walk to school initiatives, young driver education and older driver refresher courses.

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Sean Morley Memorial Prize

Earlier this month, the final of the Sean Morley Award 2016 was held at the Palace of Westminster. The award, an initiative of the road safety charity AIRSO (The Association of Industrial Road Safety Officers), is open to undergraduates of UK universities and rewards exceptional projects and dissertations which have a road safety theme.

Sean Morley, a 20 year old History and Politics undergraduate at Aberystwyth University was killed on September 2nd 2012 when he was hit by a car as he made his way home on foot after a night out with friends.

The Memorial Prize aims to promote research into road safety by attracting talented graduates to the field. In addition, it is hoped that the prize will provide a mechanism through which those just beginning their careers can bring their ideas to the wider road safety community. Most importantly, however, the Sean Morley Memorial Prize celebrates the life of a remarkable young man, whose needless loss reminds us why continued efforts to make our roads safer are so important.

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