Pupils from Bedwas High School, have for the third consecutive year, been announced as winners of the Anti-Drink Driving Poster Competition, run by Caerphilly County Borough Council.
Every year the Road Safety Team arranges the competition which encourages school pupils to design a poster to remind residents of the serious consequences of drink driving. Bedwas High School has once again created some exceptional pieces of artwork, highlighting the risk a drink driver causes to themselves and other road users.
At a presentation on Friday 15 December, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Cllr. Sean Morgan and Susan Davies, Road Safety Projects Officer, presented awards and professionally printed copies of their winning designs to the overall winner Ellie Austen and runners up Tegan Fletcher and Tahlia Edwards.
The BBC has reported that two Welsh police forces have topped a list for charging the most motorists with drink-driving offences. The figures were gathered by the Press Association, from 45 police forces in the UK and the data covered a 12 month period to May 2017. They revealed North Wales Police prosecuted the second highest number of drink-drivers per population, while Dyfed-Powys Police was fourth.
It showed Lincolnshire Police prosecuted the most drivers per population, 14 per 10,000 population (1,035 motorists). This was followed by North Wales which made 11.2 charges per 10,000 (783 motorists) while Dyfed-Powys had 9.5 charges per 10,000 (493 motorists).
AA president Edmund King said the figures could be down to a number of factors, but whatever the reasons, "there is no excuse for drink-driving."
The Council’s Road Safety Team has completed a busy and successful week engaging with residents across the county borough, as part of Road Safety Week 2017.
Road Safety Week is the UK’s biggest road safety event, and is coordinated each year by road safety charity Brake. This year (November 20-26) its theme was ‘Speed Down, Save Lives’ to raise awareness of the problem of speeding motorists and the potential consequences of driving too quickly on our roads.
In Rhondda Cynon Taf, Road Safety Officers delivered numerous projects made possible through Welsh Government and Council funding. Below are the activities which took place:
Officers in Gwent are urging the public to let them know, anonymously, the details of motorists that drink or drug drive by using a NEW text service launched as part of the All Wales anti-drink and drug driving campaign.
If people know someone who drink or drug drives, they can text Gwent Police 24/7, and help keep our roads safe, on a new texting service.
All that is required is the Car Registration, Make, Model, Location, Time and Driver details if known, and the number to text the information to is 07464 645 100 (this is not a free number, texts are charged at normal rate).
Mollie Scourfield is the latest winner of the Pass Plus Cymru quarterly prize draw and was presented with her £200 prize on 29 November by the Mayor of Newport and the Cabinet Member for Streetscene.
Mollie, who was accompanied by her boyfriend and Nan, said that she felt that the additional experience gained from the training provided by Pass Plus Cymru was extremely useful, and the element dedicated to motorway driving was particularly worthwhile. As a means of improving the skills of young drivers like herself, she feels that Pass Plus Cymru is amazing and would recommend it. At £20, it represents excellent value for money.
The Mayor of Newport, Councillor David Fouweather, presented Mollie with her prize and said “I am delighted to be able to present this prize to Mollie.
During the past few months Road Safety Wales has been delighted to partner with the DVLA for the Wales National Coding Challenge for 7 to 11 year olds, in association with Code Club and the STEM Ambassador Hub Wales.
The challenge enabled pupils to develop their problem solving, communication and teamwork skills as well as improving their knowledge of computer programming in a fun and innovative way, with the opportunity to win amazing prizes and funding for IT equipment for their schools.
With challenge themes relating to road safety, pollution free oceans and anti-bully, the Road Safety Wales challenge called for pupils to build a game to highlight how young people can spot hazards and stay safe while cycling - an extremely important message for children in this age group.
“You should be under no illusion if you get behind the wheel whilst under the influence you not only risk your licence, get a fine or prison sentence, but you are risking lives too” – that is the message being driven by the Welsh Police Forces as they prepare to launch their Christmas Anti Drink and Drug Drive Campaign.
The month-long operation against driving under the influence begins on Friday, 1 December and police forces across the country will be using intelligence-led tactics and local knowledge of hotspots to detect people who are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol over the festive period.
North Wales Police will lead the all Wales campaign and will be using social media to drive home the message the impact of drink and drug driving.
Now that Road Safety Week has taken place we have been sent some fabulous photographs and video of the amazing things that school pupils in Merthyr Tydfil did for the week long event.
Many schools took part in initiatives across the whole week (see the earlier story too) to ask drivers to slow down in the areas around their schools and in the adjoining residential neighbourhoods. Dowlais School took the opportunity to reinforce the Be Bright be Seen message to their pupils as the afteroons become darker earlier and earlier.
A number of schools in Merthyr Tydfil have been supporting Road Safety Week 2017 in different ways. Well done to all of them for their enthusiasm and commitment!
The theme this year is Speed Down Save Lives. With everyone living busy lives there is a temptation to speed up in the hope of saving time, when in fact you will only arrive at your destination fractionally earlier than if you had driven within the posted speed limits.
Pupils engaged with parents at the school gate to pass on this and other important information about driving safely past their schools and within their community.
The annual Crucial Crew safety event, organised by Pembrokeshire County Council and supported by South Hook LNG, has once again passed on important safety lessons to over 1400 local schoolchildren, aged between ten and eleven years.
From the potential dangers of social media, to physical forms of wellbeing, children were guided through a series of workshops focusing on a range of topics from basic first aid, road safety, food hygiene and domestic abuse to beach safety, fire and power line awareness as well as behaviour around dogs. A number of agencies were on hand to guide children through realistic scenarios in which they need to recognise the importance of staying safe.
Commenting on the event, Cabinet Member for Planning and Infrastructure, Cllr Phil Baker said: “We were delighted to welcome 46 schools to Crucial Crew this year. We’re very grateful to South Hook LNG for supporting such an important event, and to all the agencies which took part and made the event so enjoyable and informative for local children. If just some of the training stays with our young people it will help to save lives in the future.”