News

26/07/2017

Argos Recalls Three Child Car Seats

Argos has issue a recall for three child car seats. The recall is as a result of testing that revealed the car seat covers don’t meet fire safety regulations.

Argos has emailed those who bought this car seat, but we’d still urge you to check your seat if you have one of these models but haven’t yet received an email:

Fisher Price Group 0+ Baby Car Seat

Catalogue number 399/9888
Model number LB-320
ECE R44.04 approval number 045126

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18/07/2017

Road Safety Observatory

The Road Safety Observatory provides valuable information, insights and research on a diverse range of topics in road safety and is used by a wide variety of road safety practitioners to inform policy, strategy and the design of interventions.

It is run by a Programme Board formed from a wide range of road safety bodies, including RoSPA, RoadSafe, PACTS, Road Safety Great Britain, Highways England, Department for Transport, TRL, RAC Foundation and other partners.

To help develop the Road Safety Observatory, the Programme Board would like to hear your views on the current website and what you would like to see offered by a resource of this type in the future. Your feedback will directly shape the development of the Observatory's digital offering.

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17/07/2017

Towing Trailers Safely

As the summer holidays are approaching, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is urging drivers to make sure their trailers, caravans and horseboxes are safe and legal.

The DVSA #TowSafe4Freddie campaign was launched in November last year and has been calling on drivers using a trailer to perform basic safety checks following the tragic death of 3-year-old Freddie Hussey.

Freddie was walking with his mother in Bedminster, Bristol, when a two-tonne trailer became detached from a Land Rover. The trailer mounted the kerb before hitting Freddie.

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13/07/2017

Doorstep To Desk

Public Health Wales has published a new easy-to-use visual guide to help organisations play a bigger part in encouraging children to walk or cycle to school.

With fewer than half of children in Wales currently walking or cycling to primary school, the new ‘doorstep to desk’ guide shows how housing developers, transport officers, planners, and even police could play a vital role in making walking and cycling to school an easier choice.

The guide has been produced in consultation with experts from the Active Travel to School National Stakeholder Group - a multi-agency group working to make walking, scooting, or cycling the preferred way of getting to school for children in Wales.

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07/07/2017

Successful Partnership Working to Raise Road Safety Awareness in the Rhondda

Once again South Wales Fire & Rescue Service has been working in partnership with South Wales Police and Rhondda Cynon Taf's Road Safety Unit for a 3 day event which took place on 27-29th June at Tonypandy Fire Station. It was aimed at raising awareness of road safety issues as well as reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on roads throughout Rhondda Cynon Taf.

It proved to be another great success with more than 250 children and adults attending from SS Gabriel & Raphael R.C. Primary, Pontrhondda Primary, Llwynypia Primary, Ysgol Gyfun Cymmer, ITEC College and the Probation service, who were all educated on how to stay safe on or near the road.

There were several activity stations including police cars and motorbikes, beer goggles, alcohol awareness, a presentation on the 'Fatal 5', Virtual Reality (VR) glasses and the importance of child car seats. The organiser of the event, Station Commander John Jenkins, also arranged for fire officers to replicate a road traffic collision scene where they utilized their equipment to cut out a driver/passenger from a vehicle. This gave every person an insight into the consequences of the 'Fatal 5'. The 'Fatal 5' are inappropriate speed, drink/drug driving, careless driving, failure to wear seatbelt and using a mobile phone whilst driving.

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04/07/2017

Injury Road Collisons in Wales Down 11%

The number of road accidents where people suffered injuries in Wales dropped by 11% last year, figures show.  There were 4,921 such crashes in 2016 - 622 fewer than 2015, according to the Welsh Government's annual report.

However, "little progress" has been made on cutting serious motorbike crashes.

Casualty reduction partnership, GoSafe Wales, hailed the "positive" aspects of the report but said it was still "actively working" to hit 2020 targets.

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03/07/2017

DVLA Call All Pupils to Get Creative

Primary school pupils across Wales are being challenged to win state of the art IT equipment for their schools by designing a computer game.

The DVLA Code Challenge is aimed at all primary school children aged between seven and 11 years old in Wales.

Teams of up to five from schools and community-based code clubs are being invited to showcase their programming skills by designing a computer game from scratch based around one of four different themes set by the event’s sponsors.

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30/06/2017

Police Recorded Road Accidents

The Welsh Government has released the Annual Report into Police Recorded Road Accidents in 2016.  It includes information on severity of injury and type of road user.

Key Points

In 2016 there were 4,921 road accidents involving personal injury recorded by the police, a reduction of 622 on 2015 (11% reduction).

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26/06/2017

Road Safety Wales Awards 2017

Presented during the Road Safety Wales Conference (21 June), the awards scheme seeks to recognise individuals, groups and organisations that have made a ‘real commitment to road safety, above and beyond what would normally be expected of them’.

The winners - including a long-serving school crossing patrol and organisers of active travel and motorcycle schemes - were presented with their awards by Susan Storch, Chair of Road Safety Wales.

The 2017 Road Safety Wales Conference saw practitioners come together to explore the key road safety themes highlighted in the Road Safety Framework for Wales.

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26/06/2017

20mph Rule Outside Schools

All four Welsh police forces will use a week-long enforcement campaign to highlight the ‘importance of sticking to the speed limit’ - particularly where the limit is 20mph.

The enforcement week, which got underway on Monday 26 Junehas been organised by the Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership, Go Safe, as part of its #20mphrule outside school campaign. It is supported by the Welsh Government.

In South Wales, police officers will be working to educate and enforce 20mph limits - especially around schools and other areas of community interest.

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