News

18/11/2019

Activities planned as part of Road Safety Week

A programme of activities is taking place across Carmarthenshire during Road Safety Week, coordinated by Brake the road safety charity.

The aim of the week – which is being held between November 18 and 24 - 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 walk to school initiatives, Kerbcraft - child pedestrian training, and training on what to do if you are first on the scene to a motorcycle collision.

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29/10/2019

Be Seen This Halloween

Parents across Carmarthenshire are being reminded to make sure their children can ‘Be seen this Halloween’.

The council’s road safety team has launched its annual ‘be seen’ campaign to coincide with the clocks going back on Sunday, October 27.

With the darker mornings and nights coming in, children are being encouraged to wear bright clothing. Parents could also consider investing in fluorescent / reflective armbands or tabards to help keep their children safe when out and about near roads.

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25/09/2019

Road Safety Trust Small Grants Competition

Applications for the Road Safety Trust Small Grants Competition are now open.

The main aim of the Small Grants Programme is to improve road safety at a local level. The programme has been designed after reviewing four years of funding and listening to the views of stakeholders. This highlighted a need for funding for smaller, local projects with a practical focus.

The Road Safety Trust is looking for measurable interventions that link to local priorities and show a proposed link to reducing casualties either directly or through clear interim measures. Eligible projects are pilots/trials, expanding successful trials across a new area, and/or the evaluation of interventions.

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23/09/2019

National Eye Health Week

National Eye Health Week takes place between 23rd and 29th September 2019, which aims to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular eye tests.

Good eyesight is essential when using the road, no matter what age you are. If you find it difficult to read road signs, particularly those with text, it could be that your eyesight has deteriorated and you may require spectacles or contact lenses. If you are finding it a little tougher to see clearly in the dark, this may also mean you need to wear corrective lenses.

By law, 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.

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09/08/2019

Right Place. Right Time. Right Reason.

GoSafe has recently announced more details about their the new deployment strategy.

Speed cameras and enforcement vans have become a common sight on the roads and communities of Wales over the last few decades.

GoSafe place cameras where people have been killed or injured, where excessive speeds have been recorded, for special operations such as enforcing not wearing a seatbelt or at sites of community concern.

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07/08/2019

Switch It Off!

Research has shown that operating a handheld or hands-free mobile phone when driving or riding a vehicle is a significant distraction and substantially increases the risk of the driver being involved in a collision.

You are four times more likely to be involved in a collision, injuring or killing yourself and/or other people, if you use a mobile phone while driving - whatever you’re doing with it.

Many vehicles now have Bluetooth or handsfree kits installed, but using a handsfree phone does not significantly reduce the risk because the issues are caused mainly by the mental distraction and divided attention of having a phone conversation at the same time as you're driving.

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12/06/2019

ParkRight Campaign Spreads The Safety Message

A comprehensive campaign to ensure residents of Newport are aware of the local authority taking on Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) is being hailed a success.

A variety of messages, using the #ParkRight tag, have been put up on Newport City Council’s social media channels including the website, Facebook and Twitter.

They all emphasise that motorists need to observe the rules of the Highway Code – and if everyone follows these then the city will be a safer place for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists alike.

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25/02/2019

Parking Enforcement in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Matt Penny, Road Safety Officer at Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, recently visited Bodringallt Primary School with the council's parking enforcement vehicle and two civil enforcement officers from the parking services team.

Also in attendance were colleagues from the South Wales Police Rhondda community policing team as well as Junior Road Safety Officers from Bodringallt Primary and YGG Bodringallt. The children took the rare opportunity to check out the equipment in the vehicle and were able to ask the enforcement officers some questions about how everything is operated. They will use the information they gathered to present an assembly to the rest of their school in the near future.

The parking enforcement vehicle targets problematic parking outside schools on zig-zag markings, pedestrian crossings and bus stops. The vehicle can issue fines automatically using the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera which is then followed up by a “notice to owner” letter.

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10/12/2018

Choose Wisely

North Wales Police officers arrested 19 people in the first week of the Winter Anti Drink and Drug Driving Campaign. Of those arrests, 13 were made in relation to drink driving and six for drug driving.

The highest breath test reading of the campaign so far has been 146mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath - the legal limit is 35mg.

Inspector Dave Cust, from North Wales Police' Roads Policing Unit, said, "It is disappointing that a small minority of people are still intent on ignoring our messages, despite our repeated warnings.

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30/11/2018

Campaign Against Drink And Drug Driving

“Someday you will realise the damage that you have caused but by then it’s too late. Everybody has a choice” – that is the message being driven by Police across Wales as they launch their annual Winter Anti Drink and Drug Driving Campaign.

Led by North Wales Police the month-long operation against driving under the influence begins on Saturday, 1st December and officers across the country will be using intelligence-led tactics and local knowledge of hotspots to detect people who are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol over the festive period.

The campaign features officers from the North Wales Police Roads Policing Unit giving their own accounts of dealing with the aftermath of a collision involving an impaired driver.

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