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.
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."
To promote the Fatal 5 message, schools, colleges and youth organisations are 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. The winning entries will be shared on Road Safety Wales Partner social media channels to raise awareness about the Fatal 5.
Team members should be aged between 11 and 25.
The presentation must be under 30 seconds in length and can include any of the following: - Musical performance - Drama/Sketch - Poetry/Oration - Animation - Documentary - Comedy - Dance
Entries should be accompanied by a short written summary describing the experience of creating the film and how it could be used to raise awareness of the Fatal 5.
Any music, product or artwork included must be original and not subject to copyright laws or discriminate toward any individual, company or organisation (such as showing alcohol or cigarette brands).
The presentation will be judged on originality, performance, impact and the message being portrayed.
Winning entries will be selected up to 4 times a year and successful teams will receive £250 for the school, college or organisation in Wales that they represent along with a commemorative plaque. Where appropriate, other entries may be rolled over for consideration within the next round of judging.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.