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21/03/2017

TRL Offers a Free Pilot Targeting Tailgating to UK Employers

Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) are looking for employers with young, male drivers who undertake regular driving in light goods vehicles or cars during work, with significant mileage on motorways and major roads.

TRL will work with employers to recruit individual staff to participate in the pilot and aim to recruit 8-16 staff per employer, 80-160 drivers in total.

The selected drivers will undertake the following activities over an 8 week period before the end of April:

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17/03/2017

Day of Action at Fire Station

A Honda Accord smashed into the side of a Ford van and fire fighters set to rescuing the occupant of the car last week.

That was the scenario at a demonstration at Monmouth Fire Station on Saturday, 11th March as members of the public had the chance to view up close the emergency services in action.

To make the scene more realistic, one of the paramedics from next door was hauled out from his tea break and asked to be involved as if he was treating a real collision victim.

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16/03/2017

Scheme to Encourage Motorists to Drive Safely

A joint-campaign in the Penrhosgarnedd area of Gwynedd is encouraging motorists to drive sensibly and respect the school crossing patrol staff who work to secure that school pupils can walk to and from school safely.

Following concerns raised by staff, parents and pupils of Ysgol y Garnedd over recent months regarding some motorists’ attitude towards the school crossing patrol staff, Gwynedd Council’s Road Safety team and North Wales Police officers have been monitoring the situation.

Having considered the matter in detail, a decision has been made that the school crossing patrol officer that assists Y Garnedd pupils to cross the road to the school will wear a body camera. This will enable staff from the Council’s transportation service to monitor the situation and refer any evidence of irresponsible driving on to the police if necessary.

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15/03/2017

Captain Callie and the Adventures of Bola

Swansea Road Safety Team has recently organised a theatre production to visit 60 schools within the City and County of Swansea, with Performance in Education performing ‘Captain Callie and the adventures of Bola’ to pupils in years 3-6.

The story describes how Captain Callie has to try and find the monster Bola after crash landing on earth before he starts to eat everything in sight! Unfamiliar with the traffic and roads on earth, both Captain Callie and Bola are soon alerted to the dangers of trying to cross roads and have to enlist the help of the pupils to help keep them safe.

The performance is extremely engaging and interactive for all pupils and as well as being extremely good fun, the performance delivers and reinforces important road safety messages.

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15/03/2017

Welsh Police Winter Drink/Drug Driving Campaign Results Show Slight Increase

Over 18,000 people in Wales were stopped and tested for drink driving or driving whilst under the influence of drugs, during the recent All Wales Winter Anti Drink/Drug Driving Campaign.

The police campaign was launched by South Wales Police on the 1st December with the help of Angela Coen whose son, Arran, sadly died as a result of getting behind the wheel when he was over the drink drive limit.

Following the conclusion of the campaign on New Year’s Day, officers had stopped and tested 18,408 drivers at the roadside.

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13/03/2017

Belt Up! All Wales Seatbelt Campaign

‘Belting up can save a life’, people will be warned as part of an All Wales campaign stressing the dangers of not wearing seatbelts.

From Monday, March 13 Dyfed Powys Police lead the All Wales Seatbelt Campaign, warning drivers they are risking their lives by not wearing belts, and cracking down on motorists and passengers who refuse to belt up.
 Not wearing a seatbelt can be a fatal decision even on short, familiar journeys and at low speeds. As a driver you are responsible for ensuring that passengers under the age of 14 are wearing a seatbelt, or using the correct child restraint for their height and age.

Although most road users are fully aware of the potential consequences of not wearing a seatbelt, police officers throughout Wales will be clamping down on those who continue to ignore the law, endangering all road users.

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08/03/2017

10,000 Haulage Firms on Safety 'Red List'

About 10,000 haulage operators are on a "red list" because of the risk they pose to other road users, the body that enforces lorry safety in Britain says.

The list represents one in eight transport firms, and is used by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to target enforcement.

The hauliers are failing to ensure adequate maintenance and safety, or to monitor drivers' hours, the DVSA says.

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06/03/2017

Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems

TyreSafe has aired its concern at the implication for road safety of skyrocketing MoT failure rates caused by defects with vehicles’ Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS). More than 23,000 vehicles required a retest following identification of TPMS issues in 2016 compared with a little over 7000 in 2015* - an enormous rise of 212%.

TPMS became mandatory on all new passenger vehicles sold after 1 November 2014 as a safety feature to help reduce the number of vehicles being driven with tyre pressures significantly – even dangerously – below the recommended settings. Such vehicles are not only more difficult to control, increasing the risk of an incident, but also consume more fuel and wear their tyres out more quickly. TPMS notifies the driver to a variance in tyre pressure by illuminating a warning light on the dashboard and, in some cases, sounding an audible alert thereby offering motorists the opportunity to rectify the issue.

If drivers do not see the TPMS alert come on with all other warning lights when they start their vehicle, they should immediately check with their service garage that the system is functioning properly.

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03/03/2017

Euro NCAP Celebrates 20 Years of Testing

More than 78,000 lives have been saved since Euro NCAP’s tough crash safety tests were launched 20 years ago. Euro NCAP reveals it has published over 630 safety ratings, crash-tested some 1,800 cars and collectively spent over 160 million Euro to make cars safer.

The first tests exposed safety failings in top-selling family cars, forcing a fundamental rethink in the way vehicles were designed to prevent accidents and save lives. Twenty years on, 9 out of 10 cars sold on the European market hold a Euro NCAP rating and the motor industry actively supports the development of new requirements for the top safety ratings.

Today, the results of crash tests of two family cars built 20 years apart underline the huge advances in vehicle safety since 1997. Safety technologies that were non-existent or optional at most - such as driver and passenger airbags, side protection airbags, belt reminders and electronic stability control – are now standard on all cars sold in Europe.

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01/03/2017

Put Your Phone Away

From today (1 March) the penalties for using a hand held mobile phone whilst behind the wheel increase to 6 points and a £200 fine.

Road Safety Officers across the country are making the public aware of the dangers of this offence and all 43 police forces in England and Wales are participating in a week of enforcement action against drivers who flout the law.

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