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10/06/2016

Dyfed Powys Police Launches All Wales Anti Drink/Drug Driving Campaign

This summer police will be targeting drivers who risk their lives and the lives of others by driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Dyfed Powys Police will lead the month-long campaign on behalf of the four welsh police forces, running from 10th June to the 10th July, to coincide with the 2016 UEFA European Championships which takes place in France.

Over the next four weeks, thousands of motorists face being stopped as teams from the four forces – North Wales, Dyfed Powys, South Wales and Gwent - conduct road checks at various locations across the country.

Last year in Wales the campaign saw officers carrying out over 12,000 breath tests, of which over 300 roadside breath tests were positive. 52 arrests were made under the new Section 5a drug drive offence

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06/06/2016

New Drug Driving Laws See Almost 800 Arrests in Wales in First Year

Nearly 800 arrests were made for drug driving in Wales in the year after new laws came into force.

The four Welsh police forces made 770 arrests between March 2, 2015, when the new laws came in and the same date this year.

South Wales Police arrested 136 people for drug driving, with 70 people charged, according to figures obtained through Freedom of Information requests by BBC Radio 5 Live. Dyfed Powys made 71 arrests over the period, with 22 facing charges.

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01/06/2016

Young Driver Wins Prize Draw

A young driver from Cwmbran is the lucky winner of £250 from Pass Plus Cymru after taking part in the scheme to improve her driving skills. Eighteen year old Lauren Dockree from Croesyceiliog passed her driving test in 2015 and took the Pass Plus course to gain additional experience.

The course is available to drivers aged 17 – 25 in Wales and is designed to help young drivers to be safer on the roads. It focusses on driving techniques such as driving at night, on the motorway, through country lanes or busy towns.

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01/06/2016

Wales By Bike

Wales By Bike has launched brand new Twitter accounts bringing you hints, tips and blogs for bikers and other road users.

By following, liking and retweeting, you can assist Wales By Bike in helping to ensure that the fabulous roads in Wales can be safely enjoyed by everyone – but especially bikers!

To promote safe motorcycling in Wales and to raise awareness of the risks bikers face as riders, every day during the summer Wales By Bike will be using #100daysofmotorcycling as a hashtag on their tweets.

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26/05/2016

Five Drug Driving Arrests in One Evening

Police Officers in Newport have made five arrests in just one evening by using a roadside device called a 'DrugWipe'.

It can test a saliva sample for drugs like Cannabis and Cocaine within as little as 8 minutes.

A positive test is indicated by the appearance of red lines on the device, similar to a pregnancy test.

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20/05/2016

Ysgol Y Lawnt Takes Part in Walk To School Week

Pupils, parents and staff from Ysgol Y Lawnt celebrated the start of Walk to School Week by holding an additional Walking Bus from St David’s Church in Rhymney to Ysgol Y Lawnt.

The Walking Bus was held in addition to their weekly Wednesday Walking Bus, which has been a success for the last 8 years. Approximately 50 participants regularly attend, with parents and younger siblings often joining the pupils to take part in the early morning stroll.

Many of the pupils have attended the Walking Bus from nursery, right through to Year 6 - with some participants even taking part before starting nursery.

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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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