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20/04/2016

Over 1,400 Stopped Across Wales for Not Wearing a Seatbelt

More than 1,400 people across Wales have been caught for not wearing their seatbelt during a two-week campaign. Between 7th and 21st March all four Welsh police forces, led by North Wales Police, carried out their Seatbelt Campaign to raise awareness amongst drivers and passengers of the dangers of not wearing seatbelts in the event of a collision.

The results were as follows:

North Wales – 146

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18/04/2016

Drivers Urged to be Part of 'Yellow Triangle' Road Safety Scheme in Powys

Drivers in the county are being encouraged by Powys County Council to carry a card that contains potentially life-saving information in the event of a collision. The council’s Road Safety Unit want drivers to be part of its latest initiative called the ‘Yellow Triangle’ scheme. The scheme has two elements, a ‘Your Details’ card and a yellow triangle sticker.

The ‘Your Details’ card, to be completed by the driver, will give information about their next of kin, medical conditions, allergies and medications which emergency services can use in the event of an emergency.

The yellow triangle sticker will accompany the card, which must be displayed in the bottom left-hand corner inside the windscreen and out of the driver’s field of view.

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04/04/2016

RoSPA's New Look Reflects Shift in Focus

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) reveals its new look, as the family safety charity shifts its focus in a continued drive to save lives and reduce life-changing injuries.

After more than 20 years, RoSPA is saying goodbye to the “red square” logo that has become synonymous with accident prevention at home, on the road, at work, in the water and at leisure facilities, and, through the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards, is internationally-recognised as the mark of quality for workplace health and safety.

Its new logo - which features overlapping speech marks - represents the importance of conversation in accident prevention, drawing on people’s and organisation’s own experiences and the value of these experiences in helping others prevent accidents.

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28/03/2016

Motorcyclists targeted in Easter road safety operation

A Welsh Government funded operation which aims to reduce the number of motorcycle-related deaths and serious injuries on Welsh roads over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend is taking place today, Monday 28 March 2016rsgvihnponkinPWAfcaqppfdpd0ddCheckRSWDataProtectionj

Operation Crafanc y Ddraig (Dragon’s Claw) will see roads policing officers from Wales’ four police forces join forces with GoSafe, Wales’ Safety Camera Partnership, to tackle anti-social road use, particularly anti-social riding, and promote casualty reduction on Bank Holiday Monday.

As part of the operation a mixture of marked and unmarked police and GoSafe vehicles will be placed along key sites across Wales using a variety of tactics including engagement, education and enforcement to help reduce road casualties and tackle dangerous and anti-social driving and riding.

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24/03/2016

Police Urge Learner Drivers to Ensure Instructors are Properly Qualified

A joint operation between North Wales Police and the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to check that Driving Instructors were qualified and registered with the DVSA was carried out in the Bangor area yesterday (Wednesday 23rd March).

Driving School CarDuring a series of roadside checks, vehicles displaying L-plates or driving school logos were stopped and instructor accreditations were checked.

One man was arrested on suspicion of fraud and taking payments as an Instructor without the appropriate qualifications and authority from the DVSA. He has since been cautioned.

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24/03/2016

Dead? Or Dead Slow?: New Statistics Reveal Threat on Britain’s Roads for Horse Riders

Over 60% of incidents involving horses on the roads happen between 10am and 3pm, with accidents most commonly occurring in June, new statistics from The British Horse Society (BHS) reveal**.

Dead Slow BHS Campaign

The statistics are disclosed as the charity announces the launch of a campaign urging drivers to slow down to 15mph when they meet a horse and rider on the road.

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23/03/2016

£29m for Transport Schemes to Boost the Economy

Transport Minister, Edwina Hart, has announced nearly £29m funding for transport schemes across Wales to improve safety, create economic growth and promote active travel.

Welsh Government LogoThe announcement was made during a visit by the Minister to the construction site of the final phase of the new Morfa Distributor Road in Swansea. The £5.6m scheme will receive a £1.15m grant from the Local Transport Fund in 2016/17. The new road will improve access to jobs and services, open the area up to further economic development, and reduce congestion and air quality problems on the A4067 Neath Road. New walking and cycling links will also be built alongside the road.

Mrs Hart said:

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29/02/2016

Drive for Life

Experienced motorists aged 65+ can brush up their driving skills on a free one day refresher course.

The Drive for Life course, run by Pembrokeshire County Council takes place once a month at Haverfordwest Fire Station and aims to provide experienced drivers who are driving regularly with an overall update on all aspects of safe driving.

The day is split into two parts, the first is a theory based classroom session followed by a practical session with an approved driving instructor.
The theory sessions covers topics such as:

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29/02/2016

£450,000 For Innovative Projects To Reduce Motorcyclist Casualties

Two projects which aim to improve road safety and reduce the number of motorcyclist casualties will share up to £450,000 of Welsh Government research funding to develop their products, the Economy and Transport Minister, Edwina Hart has announced.

In July of last year the Minister announced the four successful projects under the first stage of the Welsh Government’s Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), which required companies to identify pioneering approaches to reduce motorcyclist casualties in Wales – a priority road safety target for the Welsh Government.

The funding they received helped them to run feasibility studies as part of the first phase of the challenge. The four projects were then invited to bid for funding for phase 2 of the initiative, which will help develop the products to point where they can be marketed.

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16/02/2016

Usk Pupils Receive Crucial Road Safety Training

Year Three pupils in Usk Primary School who completed the national Kerbcraft pedestrian training programme have been presented with certificates by the Chairman of Monmouthshire County Council, Councillor Brian Strong.

Accompanied by Monmouthshire County Council’s Kerbcraft training staff and parent volunteers, the children have been taught to recognise appropriate places to cross roads and acquire skills to become safer pedestrians.

Usk Primary is just one of many schools that participate in the Kerbcraft pedestrian training scheme managed by the council. Offered to all schools in the county, the Welsh government-funded scheme is administered by three staff assisted by over sixty volunteers. In the previous 12 months, over 900 children in Monmouthshire have received Kerbcraft training.

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