News

07/06/2017

Do Not Disturb While Driving

Apple has announced that its next iPhone software update will feature a ‘do not disturb while driving’ mode.

Due later this year, the iOS 11 update will provide all iPhones with the function, which is designed to address the dangers associated with smartphones and distraction.

The software will sense when a person is driving, and when activated will block notifications from calls, texts and social media. The user won't even be able to access the phone’s homescreen to open apps.

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06/06/2017

One Fateful Day

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has produced a new ‘thought-provoking’ film designed to highlight the importance of safety and compliance in van operations.

‘One Fateful Day’ tells the story of a male van driver, distracted by using his mobile phone as he talks to his office. He is also subsequently found to have been taking drugs and to be driving a defective vehicle – all of which have ‘catastrophic consequences’ for the driver, operations manager and company owner.

The film is the brainchild of Mark Cartwright, the FTA’s head of vans and LCVs, who says the story illustrates some of the typical failings seen among van operators.

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31/05/2017

Don't Drive 'Whilst Under the Influence' this Summer

This summer, police officers across Wales will be targeting drivers who risk their lives and the lives of others by driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Gwent Police will lead the month-long campaign, running throughout June, on behalf of the four Welsh police forces.

Last summer in Wales, over 9500 motorists took part in the campaign, with more than 300 returning either positive results or failing/refusing to take the breath test.

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31/05/2017

Digital Learning Resource for Teachers

The BMW Group has created a digital learning resource to help teachers provide a ‘hands-on and smarter’ approach to delivering sustainability and road safety lessons.

The free ‘Virtual Lab’ app is designed for pupils aged 11-14 years and includes curriculum linked lessons to show pupils how sustainability and design ideas can help reduce carbon footprints.

The app consists of two ‘theme paths’ - design and sustainability - containing interactive games, together with explanatory videos and texts.

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31/05/2017

Best Foot Forward in Caerphilly

Caerphilly puts its best foot forward for Walk to School Week 2017

A record number of children across Caerphilly took part in Walk to School Week 2017, ditching the car in favour of fresh air and exercise!

An impressive 8,000 pupils across 32 Primary Schools took part in the annual initiative which celebrates the health and social benefits of walking to school. Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Road safety Team deliver resources to those schools taking part, working closely with pupil Eco Committees and Junior Road Safety Officers in order to allow the pupils to help run the activities in school. As a result, schools have reported less traffic and congestion and pupils have been wide awake and ready to learn by the time they arrive at school, these are two of the most important immediate effects of walking to school.

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24/05/2017

Hundreds Of Pupils Take Part In ‘Walk To School Week’

Schoolchildren in Pembrokeshire have been putting their best forward in the annual Walk to School week.

The national campaign aims to reverse the decline in the number of children who walk to school - which has dropped from 70% to less than half in a generation.

The national event was supported by Pembrokeshire County Council's Road Safety Team.

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23/05/2017

Ride to Work Week

The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) is encouraging local authorities to use Ride to Work Week 2017 as an opportunity to positively engage with riders.

Taking place between 19-25 June, the annual event aims to encourage a shift towards powered two wheel (PTW) commuting.

Using the tagline #commutehappy, the campaign highlights the benefits of riding a PTW to work, which include saving time and money, easier parking and improving road skills.

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23/05/2017

Cyclists and Motorists Urged to Show Mutual Respect

Dyfed-Powys Police has issued a reminder to drivers and cyclists on how to stay safe.

The force patrols over 8,500 miles of roads and over 7,500 miles of this is classed as ‘minor’ roads. This includes popular and sometimes challenging stretches of road for motorists and cyclists alike.

Roads Policing Units are asking for a bit of mutual respect and vigilance to make these roads as safe as possible for all users.

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22/05/2017

Equine Road Transport Survey

Please help to make transport by road safer for equines and their human handlers.

Nottingham Trent University (NTU), the British Animal Rescue and Trauma Care Association (BARTA) and the British Horse Society (BHS) are working together to identify ways in which horse transport can be made safer. We believe that the experience of owners, riders and trainers can provide invaluable information.

The survey includes questions about your experience of transporting equines - whether they are transported for you or by you – and what measures should be taken to reduce the risks associated with transporting equines by road. The responses to the survey will be analysed and the key factors associated with best practice identified.

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19/05/2017

TT Visitors Warned

The 2017 Isle of Man TT campaign features a series of ‘hard-hitting’ images and messages to encourage bikers to slow down, respect the roads and ride within their capabilities.

The annual campaign reminds visitors that while the TT takes centre stage for two weeks (27 May-9 June), everyday life continues on the Island, with people commuting to work and commercial vehicles out on the roads.

Efforts to promote the campaign begin before visitors set foot on the Isle of Man, with leaflets distributed to people travelling by ferry, and road safety officers on board during busy sailings to speak to bikers.

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