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05/05/2017

UN Global Road Safety Week 2017

Road safety teams are preparing for UN Global Road Safety Week 2017, which launches on 8 May and runs until 14 May.

This year the focus is on asking drivers to #SlowDown and is timed to coincide with the anniversary of the launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety on 11 May 2011.

Global Road safety Week is organised by the UN Road Safety Collaboration, which was set up by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2004 to ‘discuss global road safety issues’ and ‘facilitate international cooperation and strengthen global and regional coordination among UN agencies’.

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05/05/2017

Pedestrian and Young People Casualities 2015

The Welsh Government recently released bulletins detailing Pedestrian and Young People Casualties 2015.

Briefly, they show:

Pedestrians

All pedestrian casualties

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25/04/2017

Updated Guidance For Doctors on Notifying Fitness to Drive

The General Medical Council’s new guidance on confidentiality comes into effect on 25 April 2017. In addition to revising the general guidance, the GMC has also updated the specific principles on a patient’s fitness to drive and reporting concerns to the DVLA or DVA.

The GMC clearly states the steps that a doctor should take if they believe a patient may pose a risk to others by continuing to drive.

Assess the patient’s fitness to drive against the required standard

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24/04/2017

Road Safety Wales Annual Awards 2017

Nominations are being sought for the Road Safety Wales Annual Awards 2017.

The Award Scheme recognises good road safety practice, innovative projects and personal contributions being undertaken in communities around 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.

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 and raise awareness of their unsung contributions.

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24/04/2017

Tougher Punishments for Speeding Offences

Tougher punishments for the most serious speeding offences have come into force in England and Wales.  The revised guidelines in the Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines come into effect from today (24 April 2017).

The Sentencing Council said it wanted a "clear increase in penalty" as the seriousness of offending increases.  It said previous guidelines did not properly take into account the increase in potential harm that can result as speed above the limit rises.

Sentencing guidelines must be followed, unless a judge or magistrate feels it is not in the interests of justice to do so.

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18/04/2017

Driving Test Changes from December 2017

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has confirmed that the driving test in England, Scotland and Wales will change from Monday 4 December 2017.

The changes are designed to make sure new drivers have the skills they’ll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving and will only apply to car driving tests.

The four changes are:

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12/04/2017

Community Concern "You asked, We Did."

While GoSafe place cameras at sites where people have been killed or injured, they do not believe in waiting for people to be injured before they take action.

That is why mobile cameras also operate in areas where communities have complained that speed is endangering lives and a survey confirms that there is a genuine speeding problem.

One new site will shortly be enforced at Rhosesmor in Flintshire. This has been brought about due to concerns within the community. A speed survey showed that there was a potential speeding issue, and as a result a new site has been created.

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11/04/2017

ACT Before Travelling this Easter

TyreSafe’s tyre safety awareness message to check tyres before travelling this Easter is being featured in a national advertising campaign from Highways England and THINK!

TyreSafe has campaigned for ten years to raise the awareness of the importance of correct tyre maintenance and the dangers of defective and illegal tyres, working closely with key road safety stakeholders including Highways England. The national advertising over Easter will help reinforce TyreSafe’s ongoing road safety initiatives and spread the message to check tyres before a long journey.

Half of all breakdowns are caused by simple mechanical problems which could be avoided with simple checks. However, breakdowns are not the only concern - tyres account for 40% of fatal or serious injuries caused by vehicle defect-related incidents.

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10/04/2017

More than 13,000 Exceed Variable Speed Limit

Thousands of drivers have been caught speeding on the M4 around Newport since enforcement was introduced six months ago, new figures confirm.

The data, released by the Welsh Road Casualty Reduction Partnership, GoSafe, confirms more than 13,000 people have exceeded the variable speed limit.

The system was introduced in 2011 but was inactive for five years. Fines have only been issued since October 10, 2016 following a 14-day period where advisory notices were sent out.

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03/04/2017

Vehicle Safety Checks

With the Easter break approaching, thoughts may be turning to days out, trips to the seaside and visits to other attractions.

Every year Highways England traffic officers deal with more than 85,000 breakdowns on the roads they patrol.

In the last two years, over 40 per cent of these breakdowns were caused by vehicles running out of fuel, tyre maintenance, power loss and engine trouble. You wouldn't fly without the proper checks being carried out, so why drive without them?

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