Drug Driving: The Law

While most people wouldn't even consider using drugs, let alone drive or ride a vehicle afterwards, unfortunately a small minority of people choose to put themselves and others at risk. 

Many people are already aware that it is an offence to drive with certain drugs above a specified level in your blood - just as it is with drink driving.

It’s illegal to drive if either:

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Active Travel (Walking and Cycling): April 2019 to March 2020

Information collected through the National Survey for Wales about active travel by people during April 2019 to March 2020 has been published by the Welsh Government.

Active travel is measured as walking for at least 10 minutes or cycling as a means of transport to get to a particular destination. It doesn’t include walking or cycling done for pleasure, health reasons or training.

The active travel questions in the most recent National Survey for Wales were asked of adults aged 16+ and over.

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St Albans Bridge, Blaenrhondda Reopens

The new St Albans Bridge in Blaenrhondda reopened to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians on Friday afternoon, following good progress made on its replacement scheme throughout the autumn months.

The bridge reopened on the 11 December, after a road safety audit was completed. The final stages of the scheme have seen the installation of street lighting, drainage and paving to the bridge deck – before the final resurfacing and white lining to the road was completed.

St Albans Bridge was built over the River Rhondda and railway line in the 1930s. In 2016, the Council’s Cabinet agreed to support its replacement and £1.78m funding was allocated towards the scheme in 2017/18 through #RCTinvest – with further funding allocated as the project progressed. The total cost of the scheme is £2.09m.

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Road Safety Improvements Planned for Newtown

Works to extend the path on Llanidloes Road in Newtown to the college and theatre are due to begin in the New Year.

Funded by the Welsh Government, these improvements will complete the main Active Travel routes within the town, previously identified in consultations with residents, businesses and local communities.

These Active Travel routes in Newtown will provide a safe network of routes for all users, including vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

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HSE’s Driving for Work Survey

Driving for work contributes to far more work-related accidental deaths and serious injuries than all other work activities.

The Health and Safety Executive’s essential guidance on Driving for Work is currently under review, to reflect the significant number of developments in technology and practices that have occurred in recent years.

The HSE survey seeks opinion on how the guidance can be improved and updated and aims to gather experiences and opinion from a broad range of respondents, whether they drive for work themselves, employ people who do, or have a role in the sector. The results will help shape updates to the HSE guidance to encourage greater compliance.

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Crucial Crew Goes Online

An annual event designed to give vital safety messages to primary school children in Pembrokeshire has moved online this year, due to Covid-19.

Crucial Crew is normally held at Withybush Showground and involves some 1,300 children attending workshops held by the Police, Fire and Rescue Service, and many other agencies.

However, this year, it will be delivered through a series of pre-recorded videos distributed to all Pembrokeshire’s primary schools via HWB.

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Stay Safe This Christmas

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.

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Christmas Anti-drink And Drug Driving Campaign Launches

Police forces from across Wales will once again be carrying out the Christmas drink and drug drive campaign throughout December to target those who put the lives of others at risk by getting behind the wheel while under the influence.

During last year’s campaign 10% of all vehicles stopped had a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Dyfed-Powys Police Superintendent Clark Jones-John said this figure was simply not acceptable. He added, “This year has been particularly difficult and we understand people may want to enjoy themselves but we are reminding them that getting behind the wheel while under the influence can have dire consequences.

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School Crossing Patrol Officers Receive Road Safety Wales Awards

The Road Safety Wales Awards recognise individuals, groups and organisations that have made a real commitment to road safety, above and beyond what would normally be expected of them.

We would traditionally invite our winners to the annual Road Safety Wales Conference to collect their award but unfortunately we have been unable to host an event this year.

Chair of Road Safety Wales, Teresa Ciano said, "Despite a difficult year for everyone, Road Safety Wales is delighted to be able to recognise so many deserving people who have made a significant difference to the lives of those in their community.

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Getting about Actively, Safely and Legally this Christmas

This year, some Christmas lists may include an e-scooter, which have become an increasingly common sight as people look for an alternative to public transport or a way to cut down on car use.

Road Safety Wales would like to inform anyone considering purchasing an e-scooter, that it is illegal to use a privately owned e-scooter on public roads, pavements or cycle paths.  Please don't risk being issued with a £300 fine, 6 penalty points on your driving licence or having your new Christmas gift seized.

Additionally, for a driver who has passed their driving test in the last two years it could mean a driving disqualification and the need to re-take both the theory and practical driving test.

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