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23/11/2015

Number of Drivers in Court Over Motoring Offences Increases

The number of drivers prosecuted for motoring offences by magistrates grew by 8% last year, figures have shown.

Almost 54,500 cases were dealt with in 2014, up from about 50,500 in 2013, according to Welsh government numbers.

However, the latest annual figures of fixed penalty notices issued in Wales - 77,000 - dropped by 17%.

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20/11/2015

Have you got a CRASH Card?

Motorcylists are being urged to carry cards which contain potentially life-saving information in the event of an incident.

At some point in a motorcyclist’s riding life they may have an ‘unscheduled dismount’ or they may be with a rider who does. CRASH is a set of easy to remember steps to keep themselves safe, as well as the unfortunate rider who has been involved in a collision.

There is space to record information which could be vital to the attending paramedic, including current medical history and the details of any medication currently being taken.

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18/11/2015

South West Wales RoADAR - Gold!

With their own, and the safety of other road-users in mind, 12 motorcyclists from South West Wales ROADAR have recently achieved Gold standard passes for the RoSPA Advanced Motorcycle test – the highest civilian qualification of its kind obtainable in Europe. This is an exceptional contribution to the region's road-safety record and one that all road-users benefit from.

Unfortunately, the Welsh nation is no stranger to desperately sad news stories of deaths and injuries sustained by motorcyclists whilst enjoying our outstanding countryside. Wales continues to be a ‘destination’ region for motorcycling, contributing enormously to our tourist economy - but the statistics surrounding this recreational activity are sometimes devastating.

Through their voluntary efforts, South West Wales RoADAR group is seeking to address this situation by putting on the roads motorcyclists with exceptionally high safety-awareness and advanced handling skills. Riders from all walks of life – from aid worker to an accountant, are taking up the challenge of the test. Once a pass is gained, all riders are then re-tested every three years to ensure standards are being maintained.
The test evaluates the highest possible level of handling and safety skills that a civilian rider can achieve – all under the scrutiny of serving or ex class 1 police riders. It is truly exceptional to have such a high number of Gold awards, all achieved through the hard work of South West Wales RoADAR group.

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16/11/2015

Child Car Seat Recall: Check Your Car Seat Today

Argos has issued a product recall for three Fisher Price child car seats, due to safety concerns. The car seats have safety restraints that don't fully meet test requirements and could compromise a child's safety, in the event of an accident.

Parents should stop using these three child car seats and return them to Argos for either a replacement or refund.

Three Fisher Price child car seats recalled

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02/11/2015

Eighth Community Speed Watch Scheme in Gwent

The eighth community speedwatch scheme to educate speeding drivers has been set up in Gwent.

The scheme, which trains volunteers to monitor passing vehicles which are driving above the speed limit, was first launched in Llanfair Kilgeddin, near Abergavenny in June of last year, and started in Little Mill/Monkswood on Friday.

There are already schemes running in Llandogo, Tintern, Usk, Abergavenny, Peterstone and Itton. Other parts of Gwent including St Arvans, Rudry, Llangym and Magor are due to set up their schemes shortly.

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29/10/2015

Public: We Want Road Safety Attitudes To Improve

The people of Dyfed-Powys want road users to improve their attitudes towards safety. They have told Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon that the outlook of individuals on issues such as speed, drink, mobile phones and seatbelts needs to get better.

He will use their views as he rolls out a new £335,000 road safety programme. In the first six months of this year more than 600 people were killed or injured on Dyfed-Powys’s roads.

Mr Salmon said: “To save lives and reduce the number of injuries, we need to educate all types of road user; the public say attitudes towards safety must get better.

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27/10/2015

571 Caught Using Their Mobile Phone Whilst Driving

571 motorists were caught using their mobile phones whilst behind the wheel during the 2015 All-Wales Anti-Mobile Phone While Driving Campaign.

The enforcement campaign, which ran between September 24 and October 7, involved road safety partners and urged all road users to ‘keep their eyes on the road’ and not be distracted by answering their mobile phone, reading a text or going online.

Studies show that drivers using a hands-free or handheld mobile phone are slower at recognising and reacting to hazards.

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26/10/2015

Tackling Anti-Social Driving in Ruthin

North Wales Police officers in Ruthin have joined forces with their colleagues in Roads Policing to undertake an operation tackling anti-social driving in the town.

Police CarPutting the brakes on bad and anti-social driving as well as ensuring that vehicles stopped are fit for the road are the aims of the operation. It got underway a few weeks ago as a direct result of concerns that had been raised by local residents.

“The operation will continue as long as the issue persists,” confirmed local Sergeant Dave Nickels. “Dangerous and careless driving will not be tolerated and those found braking the law face not only prosecution but also could have their vehicles seized.”

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16/10/2015

Be Bright Be Seen This Autumn

With the clocks going back later this month and daylight hours growing shorter North Wales Police would like to remind road users to take extra care and remain vigilant when out and about at night.

The arrival of autumn often means foggy weather, strong winds and stormy conditions. These, with the darker mornings and evenings, increase the risk of collisions taking place. Children, pedestrians and cyclists become even more vulnerable as they are less visible to motorists.

Inspector Martin Best from North Wales Police’ Roads Policing Unit said: “With the clocks going back at the end of the month and with it getting darker earlier on, it is more important than ever to make sure you can be seen when you’re out and about near roads. Motorists should drive considerately and reduce their speed to meet the traffic and weather conditions. Lights need to be in good working order and used when visibility is poor during the daytime. However be careful that headlights don’t dazzle other road users.

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14/10/2015

Drivers Who Obstruct Yellow Boxes in Cardiff Will Be Fined

From Monday 12 October, drivers who stop on a yellow box junction and obstruct traffic in Cardiff are to be fined, as part of the city’s Moving Traffic Offences Scheme. The City of Cardiff Council has being issuing warning notices to drivers over the past week who have offended but fines will now be sent out for all captured offences.

The Council is the first local authority in the UK, outside London to enforce yellow box junctions using innovative technology, which allows offences to be issued retrospectively via CCTV. This new technology increases efficiency, as staff do not have to watch live footage to enforce the scheme. This is the next phase of the Moving Traffic Offences Scheme. The Council is already fining drivers for illegal use of bus lanes.

The enforcement of yellow box junctions will take place in a number of phases, with cameras currently in place in Customhouse Street, Bute Terrace and Bute Street Junction. Other junctions are being monitored and more cameras will be placed in other areas of the city centre. The Moving Traffic Offences Scheme has been designed and put in place to change drivers’ behaviour and to crucially keep Cardiff moving in the city.

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