Making Roads Safer: Operation Utah Takes Place in Torfaen

Gwent Police joined forces with a wide range of partner agencies recently, for the latest staging of Operation Utah, a multi-agency operation designed to deny criminals the use of roads in Gwent and crackdown on vehicles putting other motorists at risk.

Operation Utah can take place at any location in Gwent but on this occasion, the team were based at a checkpoint close to Pontypool. During the course of the day, a large number of vehicles were intercepted on routes including the A4042 and surrounding roads by police officers and brought into the site for a variety of checks by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

Representatives of HMRC, the Department for Work and Pensions, Immigration, Torfaen CBC and other agencies undertook checks on driving licences, insurance and vehicle tax enquiries, vehicle defects, benefits being claimed by occupants, any illegal use of red diesel and other offences.

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Safety Improvements to ‘EVO Triangle’

Safety on the road network referred to as the EVO Triangle will be improved thanks to £500,000 Welsh Government investment, Transport Secretary Ken Skates has announced.

The funding, which will be for the for the first phase of a safety scheme, will see average speed cameras installed on the A543 in Denbighshire and Conwy, the section of the ‘EVO Triangle’ with the highest collision record. It will also allow the design and pre-installation works for the second and final phase of the full scheme to progress.

Incidents of dangerous driving involving excessive speed have taken place on the route and this plan of action, which is jointly led by Denbighshire County Council and Conwy County Borough Council, aims to tackle such occurrences.

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See and Be Seen!

As the clocks go back this weekend, longer periods of darkness in the mornings and evenings, alongside worsening weather conditions, mean the risk of being involved in a road traffic collision increases.

Road Safety Wales is advising road users of the need to prepare and to take extra care in the darker conditions. In the dark it becomes even more important that pedestrians and cyclists make every effort to ensure they can be seen by other road users and that drivers look out for those who are walking and cycling.

Teresa Ciano, Chair of Road Safety Wales, said, “Drivers must check that their vehicles are in a roadworthy condition. All tyres must be undamaged, with sufficient tread and inflated to the correct pressure.

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Caru Ceredigion Promoting the Positives

Through the Caru.Love Ceredigion initiative Ceredigion County Council is inspiring residents and visitors to maintain positive behaviours and attitudes to their surroundings.

Using a series of promotional posters on a range of day-to-day topics, everyone is encouraged to contribute to making Ceredigion healthier and more sustainable.

Responsible driving and parking is one of the key messages, along with keeping pavements obstacle free. Footpath clutter is highlighted as being particularly problematic for older road users, wheelchair users, those using pushchairs and prams and pedestrians with limited vision.

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Review of the Highway Code

Transport Minister Jesse Norman has announced a review of the Highway Code to help keep cyclists and pedestrians safe on the roads.

The new Highway Code is expected to highlight how to avoid the dangers of close passing, and encourage people to adopt the ‘Dutch reach’, a method of opening a car door with the hand furthest from the handle, to force drivers to look over their shoulder for passing traffic. It may also set new rules for giving pedestrians and cyclists the right of way at side roads.

Cycling and Walking Minister, Jesse Norman said, “Britain has some of the safest roads in the world, but we need them to be safer still for all – and particularly for cyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.

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Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel Survey

People residing in the Dyfed-Powys Police force area are being asked to identify the issues they would most like the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel to focus on over the coming year.

The Panel is made up of representatives from across Dyfed-Powys and aims to give local people a greater voice in how the police serve local communities. Members support the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, but also hold him to account.

In preparing their schedule for 2019-20, the Panel want people to have a say on the areas they should focus on; to assist a survey has been launched asking for people’s views. The brief online questionnaire, which can be completed in a few minutes, also asks what people know about the Panel and its work.

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Arrests, Searches and Vehicle Seizures - Operation Raptor Crackdown in Newport

Antisocial behaviour, drugs offences and suspicious vehicles were the subject of the latest Operation Raptor activity in Newport.

Between 4pm and midnight on Friday, 28th September 2018, officers from Gwent Police's Area Support Unit (ASU), East Tasking team, Dog Section, Neighbourhood and Response Policing Teams joined forces for the crackdown across the city.

Inspector Matt Havard, of ASU East, said: "The operation was intelligence-led, and focused on issues we know are important to our communities.

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Bobby Goes Home

Do you remember Bobby? He was the loveable police car that travelled around schools in the 90s to deliver important road safety messages.

After attending countless schools with his partner, PC Roger Hughes, he went into semi-retirement at a community partnership centre called the Safety Zone in Treforest. Whilst there, he was used by South Wales Police to continue delivering road safety messages when school children visited. Approximately 5 years ago, the Safety Zone was closed and Bobby stayed with Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, waiting for the Police to re-house him.

The council got in touch with the South Wales Police Heritage Centre (museum) where a suitable home for Bobby was finally found. He is now FULLY retired and on display in the Police Museum at South Wales Police headquarters in Bridgend. This came just in time for their refurbishment and open doors event held recently.

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SWFRS Bridgend Retain UK Extrication Title For The Sixth Time

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service Bridgend Extrication Team remain the very best in the country after defending their U.K. Extrication Team title and winning for a sixth time.

The team fought off strong competition from teams across the UK on home soil at the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) Challenge in Cardiff Bay. The team also picked up Best UK Extrication Technical Team and Best UK Extrication Medic.

Hosted by South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and drawing thousands to the iconic and sunny Cardiff Bay the event saw 600 firefighters battle it out in Trauma, Water, Extrication, Rope and Urban Search and Rescue challenges showcasing the very best in rescue skills and techniques.

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Last BikeSafe Workshop of 2018 in North Wales

The last of the 2018 workshops is to be held in Rhyl this weekend.

BikeSafe – a national police-led motorcycle project; offers practical advice about road safety and educates riders by passing on knowledge and skills. The workshop encourages motorcyclists to take post-test training, which can realise their best potential and help them to become safer riders.

Supported by the six local authorities in the North Wales Police region, the workshops are held throughout the year and the last session for 2018 will be held at Rhyl Community Fire Station on Sunday 14th October.

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