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16/12/2016

Prize Winners Invest in Their Future

Pembrokeshire College interactive media students and their Lecturer used some of their Multimedia Competition prize money to visit Cardiff for the day.

Visits to the Artes Mundi exhibition at Cardiff Museum and also to the Award Winning S3 Advertising Agency led to a lot of thought provoking issues being discussed throughout the day. A glass was raised at lunchtime to Joel and Shannon for their winning work, and the whole group were thanked for all their hard work in devising entries for the competition.

Course Tutor Denys Bassett-Jones said “Thanks to the recognition by Road Safety Wales of the students’ efforts we have been able to arrange this inspirational trip for them. As well as being thoroughly enjoyable, it will help them to develop their creativity and enable them to make informed choices about their future career path. The balance of the prize money will be invested in equipment which will assist in producing even better animations for future competitions.”

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15/12/2016

Winning Ideas for Road Safety Campaign

A competition searching for videos and poster designs for a national road safety campaign has awarded two Torfaen artists for their creations. Earlier this year, Road Safety Wales appealed for designs to be used in their campaign to warn drivers of the dangers of drinking and taking drugs.

Molly Jones, 11, from West Monmouth School and April Bryant, 20, of Coleg Gwent, were recognised for their efforts, winning £50 each and receiving a certificate from Mayor for Torfaen, Cllr Veronica Crick.

Miss Jones won a prize in the campaign’s Christmas poster competition and came up with a number of different designs highlighting the damage that drinking and driving can do, merging them into one to create her winning entry. Art and design student Ms Bryant won the multimedia competition, using the classic Russian animation ‘The Hedgehog in the Fog’ as inspiration for her short stop-motion animation film.

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07/12/2016

Mamas & Papas Car Seats are Recalled over Crash Fears

Mamas & Papas have recalled certain car seats amid fears they could crack in an accident. However, Mamas & Papas said there have been no incidents of children being hurt as a result of using the car seats at the centre of the recall.

The seats affected are Mamas & Papas Nembus, Mamas & Papas Aureus, Mamas & Papas Group 123, and the Mamas & Papas Altair.

Thousands were sold through Asda, Tesco, Shop Direct, some independent retailers as well as the brand's own website and factory stores.

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06/12/2016

Visit Wales’s Year of Adventure

There is still time to take part in Visit Wales’s Year of Adventure and enjoy the Welsh countryside whilst walking or cycling. Wales has some of the best walking and cycling routes, from the Taff Trail to the Llangollen Canal, through breath-taking scenery and nature.

Sustrans Cymru have listed their top ten best routes in Wales which showcase what Wales has to offer walkers and cyclists of all abilities. Take a look through their list here.

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05/12/2016

Rhondda Cynon Taf Celebrate Road Safety Week 2016

It was a busy week for Rhondda Cynon Taf's Road Safety Team with a string of events and activities taking place across the borough to promote Road Safety Week.

The team worked in partnership with Dan Brain from Halfords to carry out child car seat checks at Asda in Aberdare and to give help and advice on ways to stay safe. They also had the help of the Junior Road Safety Officers from Cwmdar Primary School in Aberdare as well as another special visit 'Zarla the Zebra' the road safety mascot. Several parents took up the opportunity to have their child's car seat checked to ensure they were as safe as possible whilst travelling in the vehicle.

The Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs) in RCT were very busy carrying out their own tasks for Road Safety Week. JRSO's at YGG Llyn-Y-Forwyn, Our Ladys RC, Tylorstown and Penygraig Junior School presented 'Be Bright Be Seen' assemblies as well as acting out a short play on the importance of wearing bright clothing near the road particularly when its dark. Treorchy Primary JRSO's also designed their own PowerPoint on road safety and presented it to the whole school. JRSO's at Llwynypia Primary carried out a parking operation along with RCT Road Safety Officers and the Civil Enforcement Officers to prevent parents from parking on the yellow zig-zag lines.

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02/12/2016

Winners of All Wales Anti Drink/Drug Drive Multimedia Competition 2016

The Road Safety Wales Multimedia Competition challenges schools, colleges and youth groups to devise, perform and record a multimedia presentation with an anti drink/drug drive message in time for the All Wales Winter Anti Drink/Drug Drive Campaign.

Participants aged 11-25 were encouraged to use a variety of genre: film, music, PowerPoint, poetry, animation – the choice was theirs. Unusually, this year, all the winners were animations.

Winners attended the launch of the all Wales Anti Drink/Drug Drive Campaign in Merthyr Tydfil where they were presented with their prizes and their films were premiered.

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01/12/2016

Road Safety Wales Poster Competition Winners Receive their Prizes

The winners of the Road Safety Wales Christmas Poster Competition joined the launch of the All Wales Anti Drink/Drug Drive campaign in Merthyr Tydfil today to receive their prizes.

Susan Storch, Chair of Road Safety Wales said, “We are very grateful to all those young artists who contributed with their entries. A great deal of thought goes into the making of their artwork and I’m sure that the young people involved learn about the consequences of driving under the influence when they are exploring their ideas, researching the topic and creating their excellent posters.

Four outstanding posters were selected by the judges:

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01/12/2016

Wales-Wide Festive Drink and Drug Drive Crackdown

Police forces are preparing to crack down on drivers who get behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs ahead of the festive season.

Drivers will be breathalysed and also checked for drugs during the campaign after a change to the law last spring.

Nearly 23,000 motorists were breathalysed during the operation last December.

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30/11/2016

Parents Need More Help to Keep Kids Safe From Accidents - RoSPA Centenary Survey

Most parents in Wales are unaware that accidents cause the most deaths of children and young people aged 0-19, according to research conducted for the 100th anniversary of UK safety charity the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

Just over a third of parents (34 per cent) across the country correctly identified that accidents are the top killer in this age group in the UK, with more than half (58 per cent) thinking other causes of death, including cancer or intentional self-harm/suicide, were most prevalent or saying they didn’t know what caused the most deaths.

Latest mortality figures* reveal that accidents remain the biggest cause of death of children and young people aged 0-19. Across the UK in 2015, accidents claimed the lives of 405 children and young people in this age group, ahead of congenital conditions (385) and cancer (370).

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21/11/2016

Virtual Reality: Road Safety

Since April 2015, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) has attended over 1,890 road traffic collisions (RTCs) where there have been 39 fatalities and 867 rescues with injuries. The Service will be embracing virtual reality (VR) technology to raise awareness of the dangers on our roads and the Fatal 5, with a focus on using a mobile phone while driving.

SWFRS has found that 22% of its RTCs in the last 18 months have been between the hours of 3pm and 5:59pm, with 246 of those incidents taking place on ‘A’ roads.

The 360° VR video gives drivers the most realistic experience of a road traffic collision from the front seat passenger's perspective, with users experiencing a full crash scene extrication. The technology incorporates 360° filming and is designed to show drivers the dangers of the roads and what can happen if things go wrong, especially when being distracted and using a mobile phone while driving.

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