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01/10/2015

Driving for Work: Mobile Phones

Research shows that using a hand-held or hands-free mobile phone while driving is a significant distraction, and substantially increases the risk of the driver being involved in a collision. High mileage and company car drivers are more likely than most to use a mobile phone while driving.

Driving for Work: Mobile PhonesAs a result of this, RoSPA Wales have produced their first in a series of ‘Driving for Work’ factsheets to help employers manage the risk for staff who use the roads as part of their job. This first edition focuses on the dangers and consequences of driving while using a mobile phone.

You are four times more likely to crash, injuring or killing yourself and/or other people, if you use a mobile phone while driving, whatever you’re doing with it.

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24/09/2015

Police Launch Campaign Targeting Motorists Who Use Phones Whilst Driving

The four police forces in Wales, led by Dyfed-Powys Police and in partnership with Road Safety Wales, are launching a major crackdown on motorists who use mobile phones whilst driving. The All Wales enforcement campaign will run from Thursday September 24 to Wednesday October 7, and is urging all road users to ‘keep their eyes on the road’ and not be distracted by answering their mobile phone, reading a text or going online.

Police patrols will increase across Wales for the duration of the enforcement campaign, to draw drivers attention to not only the risks posed by being distracted by mobile phones while in control of a vehicle, but the serious penalties which they will face if they are caught.

Nationally, the numbers of motorists using mobile phones to make calls, texts or social media updates whilst driving has risen and distracted driving is expected to be the biggest single cause of death and injuries on roads as a result in 2015. In Wales more than 900 motorists were caught using their mobile phones whilst behind the wheel during the 2014 campaign.

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22/09/2015

Multimedia Anti Drink/Drug Driving Competition 2015

o promote the anti drink/drug and driving message, youth organisations, schools and colleges are invited to devise, perform and record a live action multimedia presentation that will warn people of the dangers and/or consequences of driving under the influence of drink and/or drugs. With the introduction of a new law relating to drug driving, Road Safety Wales would welcome entries with an anti drug driving theme.

For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/drug-driving-law


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21/09/2015

Drivers Urged to Stop for SCPs

Pembrokeshire County Council is to run a campaign urging drivers to stop for school crossing patrols (SCPs) following increasing concerns that some motorists are not doing so.

Since November 2014, when a SCP in Fishguard was struck by a car, council Stop means Stop officers have been monitoring near misses and have logged numerous incidents of vehicles failing to stop for the patrols, with a number of these incidents reported to the police.

Now the council’s road safety team is running a Stop Means Stop campaign for the month of October.

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15/09/2015

Child Car Seat Checks Results Revealed

65 checks were carried out by officers from the council’s Road Safety Unit during a week of Car Seat Clinics around the county at the beginning of September. The checks were carried out in Newtown, Brecon, Welshpool and Llandrindod Wells.

Road Safety Officers checked the fit and suitability of the child car seats and found that only 9 of the seats did not need any adjustment. In addition to the 48 seats that needed a minor or major adjustment, officers recommended that 8 seats were not used as they did not meet current regulations or safety checks.

A common fault included the headrest interfering with the child car seat, where there should be no contact. When fitting a rearward facing baby seat, check the position of the carry handle – there should be a picture on the side of the seat. The handle will normally, but not always, need to be in the upright position or towards the baby’s feet.

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10/09/2015

Part-time 20mph Speed Limits for Welsh Schools

Transport Minister, Edwina Hart, has announced a £4.5m three-year programme to improve safety at more than 40 schools on trunk roads throughout Wales, mostly through the use of part-time 20mph speed limits.

Following a Welsh Government review of safety on walking and cycling routes to schools on Wales’ trunk road network, 56 schools were identified as having potential for road safety improvements. Earlier this year part-time advisory 20mph speed limits were introduced at eight schools, and they are now in the process of being made permanent.

The Minister announced 41 more schools would receive part time 20mph limits, three will get engineering measures to improve safety and four had no measures identified but will now be part of discussions with the local authority about what else can be done to improve safety. The work will be completed over the next three years.

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01/09/2015

Motorcyclists in Wales are being encouraged to carry free CRASH Cards which contain potentially life-saving information in the event of an incident.

Launched by Road Safety Wales, the CRASH Cards are being made available from motorcycle dealers and road safety teams throughout Wales. The cards contain space to record information which could be vital to paramedics – including medical history and details of any medication currently being taken. There is also space to list the name and contact number of a next of kin.

The cards were created by the Ambulance Motorcycle Club (AMC), and are already used in a number of areas in England, Northern Ireland and parts of Wales.

Road safety teams have been working in partnership with other road safety professionals who make up Road Safety Wales, and the scheme has the backing of the Wales NHS Ambulance Trust.

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25/08/2015

Hanako Moves Up A Gear

A young motorist from Pembrokeshire has steered into a cash prize after taking extra driving tuition.

Hanako Lander from Clunderwen has won £250 as the latest winner of the Pass Plus Cymru quarterly draw.

The 19 year-old’s name was drawn from a list of hundreds of young Welsh motorists who have recently completed the course aimed at making them better drivers. The post-driving test training programme provides young drivers with further tuition to help them improve their road skills.

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24/08/2015

Dyfed-Powys Police Call for Drivers and Riders to Heed Rules of the Road

Whilst the number of casualties on the roads in Dyfed Powys has fallen over the last few years police officers are reminding drivers and riders to take care when they are on the road and to drive safely and not put themselves or other road users in danger.

Between 1st January and 20th August 2015 there have been 22 fatal road traffic collisions which have resulted in 26 fatalities. Unfortunately these figures are very similar for the same period in 2014 when there were 23 fatal road traffic collisions which resulted in 27 fatalities.

The number of fatal casualties can be broken down for each county: Carmarthenshire five, Ceredigion five, Pembrokeshire six and Powys ten.

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10/08/2015

Mid and West Wales Fire & Rescue Service Issue Warning to Road Users Following Series of Serious Road Collisions Across Mid and West Wales.

Firefighters from Crickhowell and Brecon were called to a serious road traffic collision involving a car and a campervan on the A40 near Bwlch in Brecon on Sunday (9th August) which closed the road for several hours. Firefighters needed hydraulic cutting equipment to release one of the passengers who was treated by ambulance crews at the scene.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Road Safety WarningOn Saturday (8th August), fire crews from Brecon and Talgarth were called to another road traffic collision on the A470 near Felinfach, Brecon. This incident involving two private motor vehicles, one of which was towing a caravan, also closed the road for a substantial period of time. Firefighters again needed to use hydraulic cutting equipment to release a seriously injured passenger, who after receiving first aid from firefighters was airlifted to hospital by air ambulance.

Neil Evans, Mid and West Wales Fire & Rescue Service Road Safety Manager said: “We are seeing too many deaths and injuries on our roads this summer. We need you as road users to assist us in reducing these deaths and injuries. Don’t become a statistic yourself.”

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