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22/07/2021

Wishing You Could Have Stayed in Bed a Bit Longer Today?

After some miserable weather to start the year, the sunshine and warmer days have been welcomed by most people!

However, for those spending most of the day at home or those who don’t have the luxury of air conditioning in their workplace, the heat can be exhausting. Coupled with higher temperatures at night making it difficult to sleep for the past few days, some people may be unaware of the risks of driving while tried. 

A driver or rider who has fallen asleep cannot brake or swerve so unfortunately collisions tend to involve high speed impacts, often resulting in death or serious injury.

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21/07/2021

Several Drink and Drug Drive Arrests Over the Weekend

A woman who was over three times the drink drive limit and who will appear before court next month was among several drink and drug drive arrests made by the North Wales Police Roads Policing Unit over the weekend.

The 39-year-old from Manchester was stopped on the A55 at St Asaph shortly after 6pm on Friday evening after an emergency call had been made to the Control Room telling officers she had been seen drinking in a bar nearby.

An officer stopped her on the eastbound carriageway where she was breathalysed. She failed the roadside breath test and was arrested and taken to police custody where she provided a further reading of 124mg – the legal limit is 35mg per 100 ml of breath.

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20/07/2021

Operation SNAP Submitters Portal Goes Live

GoSafe has launched a brand new Operation SNAP Submitters Portal.

The webpage will allow members of the public who submit footage via Operation SNAP to access updates on the outcome of their submissions, as well as be informed on the retention requirements of the original footage they submitted.

Since 2017, members of the public have been submitting footage of dangerous and careless driving they have witnessed on the roads of Wales to the Police via Operation SNAP.

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19/07/2021

Work to Begin on Pencoed Active Travel Route Second Phase

Work on the second phase of an active travel route in the Pencoed area starts today, Monday 19 July and will last for around 13 weeks.

As part of the £580,000 scheme, existing networks in Pencoed will be connected at Felindre Road with the installation of a three-metre wide footway/cycleway. This section completes the missing link between Felindre Road to the east of Pencoed Cemetery, and the existing network in Pencoed that goes as far as Felindre Roundabout/Pencoed Technology Park.

The network will also be connected to Ty Merchant and Penprysg. This will see a new footway/cycleway created on both sides of Penybont Road, a new toucan crossing to the west of Ty Merchant, and cycle ‘wheeling ramps’ installed on the footbridge that connects Ty Merchant over the railway. Carriageway resurfacing will also take place along Penybont Road.

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15/07/2021

Free Caravan and Campervan Weight Check and Security Advice

Denbighshire Trading Standards will be offering free caravan and campervan weight checks and security advice.

In partnership with Conwy Trading Standards, residents who will be holidaying in a touring or motor caravan can have a free check to make sure you are not overloading your vehicle or caravan and putting yourself at risk.

During the sessions, an officer from North Wales Police’s Community Safety section will provide practical security advice to keep your car and caravan secure.

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12/07/2021

Proposal to Reduce Speed Limit to 20mph on Residential Streets

The Welsh Government wants to change the speed limit to 20mph in Welsh villages, towns and cities.

The proposed new limits will mostly be in residential areas but will also include roads regularly used for active travel.

Reducing the speed limit could:

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09/07/2021

Safer Streets Save Lives

Plans to reduce the national default speed limit in Wales from 30mph to 20mph on residential roads and busy pedestrian streets will form part of the Welsh Government’s legislative priorities for this year, Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Lee Waters has confirmed.

If passed, Wales will be the first country in the UK to introduce the change which will play an instrumental role in helping to save lives, protect our communities and improve quality of life for everyone.

The first phase of this change is being rolled out in eight communities across Wales this year in order to gather data and develop a best practice approach before the proposed full rollout in 2023. As part of this approach the Welsh Government has today launched a consultation for people to have their say on the change before the necessary legislation is laid.  The consultation will run for 12 weeks and will come to an end on 30 September.

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06/07/2021

Permanent Active Travel Approved - Cowbridge Road, Bridgend

Bridgend County Borough Council’s Cabinet has approved plans for an active travel route along Cowbridge Road which will provide the final major link in the Pencoed to Bridgend town centre network.

Once complete, the Pencoed to Bridgend active travel network will connect to the existing active travel network into Brackla, as well as National Cycle Network Route 885 which links the town centre with Bridgend Railway Station, Broadlands and Tondu.

The £1.8m scheme which is being funded by a Welsh Government Active Travel Grant will see crossing facilities installed, the widening of footways to become a shared walking and cycle route, as well as a reduction of the current speed limit along Cowbridge Road.

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30/06/2021

Relocation of Ynys Roundabout Crossing - A4059 in Aberdare

Public notices have been published as part of plans to relocate the pedestrian crossing at A4059 (Ynys) Roundabout in Aberdare – to improve links between the town centre, school and leisure centre, and improve A4059 traffic flow. 

There are currently two crossing points at the Ynys Roundabout – a toucan crossing and a steep footbridge over the road. These enable pedestrians to move between Duke Street and the Sobell school and leisure site, and in the direction of Aberdare Railway Station, Robertstown and Abernant.

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council’s proposal is to remove both crossings, including the traffic lights at the roundabout, and replace them with a new Active Travel bridge over Afon Cynon and a new crossing on the A4059. The bridge will be located around 80-metres southwards, between the rear of Sobell Leisure Centre and the rear of Aberdare Bus Station.

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24/06/2021

New Posters to Educate Drivers on How to Pass Horses Safely

New roadside posters to educate drivers on how to pass horses safely on the road have been installed at 10 ‘hotspot’ locations across Carmarthenshire.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s road safety team has joined forces with the British Horse Society (BHS) to launch the ‘pass wide and slow’ campaign.

Horses and their riders can be vulnerable on the road; and a collision involving a horse and a vehicle can have life threatening consequences for the horse, the rider as well as the occupants of the vehicle.

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