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17/05/2016

Wales Road Safety Awards 2016

It was with great pleasure that Sue Storch, Chair of Road Safety Wales, presented the Wales Road Safety Awards at their conference on 12 May.

Nominations were received from across Wales and are a small token of recognition to those individuals, groups and organisations that have made a real commitment to road safety - above and beyond what would normally have been expected of them. The award recipients are not necessarily road safety professionals, but all have been undertaking road safety professionally, and Road Safety Wales would like to thank them for all their work.

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16/05/2016

Daisy Lambe, SCP, Receives Road Safety Wales Award

Daisy Lambe has been a devoted member of Pembrokeshire’s School Crossing Patrol Service since starting as a mobile SCP in the Autumn of 1984. She became the full time SCP at Pembroke Bush School, Pembroke in 1985, but was made to officially retire in 2003, the day before her 65th Birthday, after 18 years of service. Daisy was asked to return as a relief SCP in the summer of 2007 and jumped at the chance, officially returning as a permanent member of staff in 2008. Working on Bush Street, serving Pembroke Dock Community School ever since; she is now 77 years young. Daisy or Aunty Daisy, as she is known by the children she crosses, is a well loved lollipop lady, with a smile and kind word for every child.

Some of the children she crosses today are children of the pupils she crossed when she first began. Kirstie Donoghue, Road Safety Officer for Pembrokeshire County Council said “I have worked with Daisy since she returned to her role, however, Daisy was my ‘lollipop lady’ when I went to Bush School. Knowing her when I was a child and now as her manager, I have great respect for her; she is very committed to her job and loves every second. She is a very kind and thoughtful person; it is an honour to have had Daisy as part of our team for the past 30 years.”

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11/05/2016

Road Safety Wales Conference

Tomorrow (Thursday 12 May), road safety professionals from across Wales will meet at the Road Safety Wales Conference at the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells. 

Topics for the morning session will include: 

  • It’s All About Preventability – a presentation by Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA
  • Workplace Domino - Simon Brown and John Bolton of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service
  • The Work of GoSafe – The Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership

Five presentations planned for the afternoon session are: 

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10/05/2016

Road Safety Quiz Success

Pupils have once again demonstrated they are streets ahead when it comes to road safety knowledge – giving success the green light at the annual road safety quiz. Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor Cllr Barry Stephens was honoured to host the event in the Mayoral Chamber in Pontypridd this month. 

Here, pupils from schools across Rhondda Cynon Taf competed, pitching their grey matter against each other to see who knew the most about staying safe on the roads – whether that is crossing safely, staying visible to cars or being a safe pedestrian and cyclist. 

After the tense opening rounds, Dolau Primary School in Llanharan were named the winners, with Ton Pentre coming in a close second and, hot on their heels were Pontrhondda and Parc Primary, who were joint third, Pontygwaith fourth and Pont Sion Norton came fifth. Dolau Primary will represent Rhondda Cynon Taf and complete against other schools from the region at the south Wales Final Quiz in June. 

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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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