Road Safety Wales is reminding road users of the Fatal 5, the five main causes of road traffic collisions and injuries in Wales. Most people abide by the rules of the road but unfortunately a small minority choose to put themselves, their families and innocent road users at risk.
The bilingual Fatal 5 leaflet produced by Road Safety Wales covers the following:
Don’t Drink/Drug Drive - Don’t risk being one of the 100,000 drink or drug drivers caught each year, or you could face a minimum 12 month ban, a large fine, a criminal record or even imprisonment. Prescribed medication can still affect your ability to drive and therefore make you liable for prosecution so please check with your doctor or pharmacist.
Congratulations go out to Susin Shakya from Swansea who is the winner of the recent Pass Plus Cymru quarterly prize draw. Susin received his prize of £250 from Amanda Howarth, Road Safety Officer at the Guildhall Swansea.
Susin commented that he thoroughly enjoyed the course which has given him confidence to travel on the M4 to Heathrow Airport on several occasions since completing his practical training.
“The prize will go towards a trip I’m planning to Nepal at the end of the year, thanks very much.”
The All Wales Anti-Drink and Drug Drive Summer Campaign, which coincided with the month-long World Cup, resulted in 174 arrests in the North Wales Police force area. During the campaign period 109 drivers were arrested for drink driving with a further 65 arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.
Temporary Superintendent Paul Joyce of the Roads Policing Unit said: “Despite warnings, in just over four weeks, 174 motorists have been arrested in north Wales following a roadside breath or drugs test.
“Using the latest technology we are better equipped than ever to detect those who are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you take that risk, it’s only a matter of time before you’re caught and put before the courts.
TyreSafe, the UK's charity dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of tyre safety has launch its Summer campaign. TyreSafe is reminding all motorists whether they're a day tripper or holiday-maker, that they should be aware that more tyre-related incidents happen on Britain’s roads during the summer months than at any other time of year. To keep risks to a minimum, everyone should ensure they have checked their vehicle's tyres before starting their jouney.
TyreSafe says, "You’re likely to be carrying more luggage and more passengers, and travelling further too. This makes it essential your car tyres are in tip-top condition.
Remember, never change a tyre yourself on the hard shoulder of a motorway or dual carriageway. Call for assistance using the emergency phone provided on the hard shoulder or your breakdown recovery service and then stand in as safe a place as possible."
UK drivers are being urged to test their eyesight after a DVLA survey suggested 50% of motorists were not aware of the minimum standards needed for a licence.
Drivers must be able to read a number plate from 20m (65ft) away.
But the agency's survey found only half of drivers knew about the eye test and used it to regularly self-check, as they are legally required to do. Those who do not pass the test should visit an optician, a DVLA doctor said.
South Wales Police, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and GoSafe launched Operation Close Pass at the 2018 Velothon Wales event. The Close Pass initiative aims to improve the safety of cyclists on the road by educating drivers in overtaking safely.
The Highway Code recommends that road users should give vulnerable road users, such as motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders, the same amount of room as they would when overtaking a car – this is typically 1.5 metres.
Operation Close Pass deploys police officers on bicycles fitted with cameras to record the behaviour of drivers who overtake them. If an offence is detected, the officer contacts colleagues further down the road to direct the vehicle into a checkpoint where the driver will be offered roadside education from fire service colleagues using specially designed equipment to illustrates the safe passing distance.
The Nicky Grist Stages, taking place on Saturday 14 July, is proud to continue its association with GoSafe – The Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership, which is encouraging rally fans to help make the roads of Wales safer by getting involved in Operation SNAP. The Nicky Grist Stages, GoSafe Partnership and Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service came together for a special event, along with Osian Pryce and Nicky Grist, at the GoSafe headquarters this week.
The initiative is a response to increasing submissions of video and photographic evidence relating to driving offences that members of the public have witnessed. Until recently, these reports have been submitted to the police in all sorts of ways and so a streamlined on-line process has now been developed through www.gosafe.org to deal with them – dramatically reducing valuable police time by making it easier to collect and assess evidence.
The rally event is also proud to help raise awareness of the Fatal 5, an all-Wales initiative which focusses on the five main causes of road traffic collisions and injuries in Wales – speed, driving while impaired through alcohol and/or drugs, use of mobile phones, the non-use seatbelts and careless driving.