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.
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.
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.
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?
From today, members of the public will be able to submit footage and images of road traffic offences being committed on the roads of South Wales.
Working in partnership with Go Safe, Operation Snap will provide a safe alternative way to share footage of offences seen by motorists. Road traffic offences targeted as part of the operation will include – dangerous driving; driving without due care and attention; contravening solid white lines; mobile phone use; improper control of vehicle; contravening of red traffic lights.
The 2016 road safety statistics released by the European Commission show a drop of 2% in the number of fatalities recorded across the EU last year. 25,500 people lost their lives on EU roads in 2016, 600 fewer than in 2015 and 6,000 fewer than in 2010. A further 135,000 people were seriously injured on the road according to Commission's estimates.
Following two years of stagnation, 2016 marks the return of a positive downwards trend and over the last six years, road fatalities have been cut by 19%. While this pace is encouraging, it may nevertheless be insufficient if the EU is to meet its target of halving road fatalities between 2010 and 2020. This calls for further efforts from all actors and particularly from the national and local authorities, which deliver most of the day-to-day actions, such as enforcement and awareness-raising.
Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said ''Today's statistics are an improvement and something positive to build on. But it's not the figures that worry me the most – it's the lives lost, and the families left behind. Just today we will lose another 70 lives on EU roads and five-times as many will sustain serious injuries! I'm inviting all stakeholders to step up their efforts so we can meet the objective of halving the number of road deaths between 2010 and 2020".
An operation aimed at reducing the risk of motorcycle-related deaths and serious injuries on the roads of North Wales was launched on 27 March.
Darwen is an all Wales campaign which runs from early Spring through until the autumn and is aimed at motorcycle safety and reducing casualties on the roads.
Over the coming months, officers from Roads Policing Units will engage with riders at popular meeting spots for enthusiasts as well as certain routes as part of the operation. Go Safe vans will also be deployed as part of the operation.