Overloaded vehicles, defective tyres, excess driver’s hours and drug driving were just some of the offences uncovered during a week-long road safety operation held recently in North Wales.
Officers from the Roads Policing Unit, Commercial Vehicle Unit, Special Constabulary Road Safety Unit and the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) took part in Operation Blue Yawl where over 100 vehicles, mainly commercial vehicles, were taken into the three sites to be checked.
Throughout the week officers uncovered a number of offences including:
The month-long campaign, which took place throughout December, ran in conjunction with a UK-wide operation led by the National Police Chief’s Council. In north Wales a total of 129 motorists were arrested, with 47 people failing breath tests and 82 people providing positive drugs tests.
Chief Inspector Jon Aspinall of the Force’s Operational Support Services said, “Despite fewer people being caught drink or drug driving over the 2020 Christmas period, we must acknowledge that the coronavirus pandemic is likely to be a significant factor.
“With more people working from home, roads being quieter and no big party nights, less people were taking unnecessary risks.
Gwent Police arrested 109 people on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs as part of the force’s Christmas road safety campaign.
Officers from Gwent Police joined forces across Wales, and the wider UK, in conducting intelligence-led vehicle checks on roads within the force area between Tuesday 1 December and Thursday 31 December.
During the campaign period, more than half of the motorists arrested for drug-related driving offences were aged under 30, while a majority of older motorists – aged over 30 – were arrested for drink driving.
On Tuesday 19 January 2021, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys, Dafydd Llywelyn, will hold a virtual community engagement day, specifically focusing on road safety and the launch of an All Wales Fatal 5 campaign.
Dyfed-Powys Police will lead on the campaign, which focuses on five significant factors in fatal and serious injury collisions: drink/drug driving; speed; not wearing a seatbelt; using a mobile phone; and careless driving.
The campaign will be launched by Dafydd Llywelyn, during his first Commissioner in Conversation live Facebook broadcast of the year. He will be joined by ACC Mark Travis from South Wales Police - Strategic Lead for Roads Policing in Wales, and Teresa Ciano - GoSafe Partnership Manager.
There is no escaping the fact that 2020 has been tough – with local and national lockdowns and restrictions on travel – for everyone. While Christmas may feel different this year, but the rules of the road remain the same.
Gwent Police is reminding motorists to stay safe by continuing to follow the rules of the road – which will remain the same – this Christmas.
Although the roads may be quieter than normal, it is expected that major and minor routes will be busier between Wednesday 23 December and Sunday 27 December as people travel around Wales and the wider UK to visit their families for Christmas.
Gwent Police and Gloucestershire Constabulary are collaborating in an operation to target those who choose to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Following the easing of restriction across Wales and the month-long lockdown in place throughout England, local police forces are concerned that drivers will run the risk of driving under the influence as they take advantage of the differences between the two nations.
Alcohol and drugs significantly impact on a person’s ability to drive safely. By choosing to the get behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence, a driver increases the chance of causing harm or fatalities.
National Eye Health Week takes place between 21 and 27 September 2020, promoting the importance of good eye health and the need for regular eye tests for all.
As with the majority of health services, accessing routine eye testing during the COVID-19 lockdown proved impossible. Since then, opticians throughout the country have been putting new protocols into action so that you can receive quality eye care and source the correct prescription glasses.
Whatever your age, good eyesight is vital when using the road. Drivers and motorcyclists must be able to read a vehicle registration plate from a distance of 20 metres (or 20.5 metres if the vehicle was registered before September 2001) wearing glasses or contact lenses if required.
To promote the Fatal 5 message, schools, colleges and youth organisations were recently invited to devise, perform and record a short film that will warn of the dangers and consequences of drink/drug driving, excess speed, careless driving, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone whilst driving.
We can now announce that Naomi Charnley, Pembrokeshire College and Mabli Griffiths, Crickhowell High School have been chosen as winners!
Both will receive £250 for the school or college that they represent along with a commemorative plaque. The winning entries will be shared on Road Safety Wales Partner social media channels to help raise awareness about the Fatal 5.
First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford has announced that face coverings are to be made mandatory on public transport in Wales from Monday, 27 July.
At the Welsh Government’s daily coronavirus briefing, Mark Drakeford said, "For the sake of simplicity and consistency, as well as being part of our plan to help reduce the risk of transmission while on public transport where it is not always possible to maintain a two metre physical distance, it will become mandatory for people to wear a three-layer face covering while travelling - this includes taxis.
"Our decision to make face coverings mandatory on public transport is a combination of the fact that we know as the economy gets back into operation more people will need to use public transport to go to work and for other purposes, and when more people need to use confined spaces then additional protections need to be introduced in order to overcome the fact that two-metre social distancing will not always be possible."