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05/12/2016

Rhondda Cynon Taf Celebrate Road Safety Week 2016

It was a busy week for Rhondda Cynon Taf's Road Safety Team with a string of events and activities taking place across the borough to promote Road Safety Week.

The team worked in partnership with Dan Brain from Halfords to carry out child car seat checks at Asda in Aberdare and to give help and advice on ways to stay safe. They also had the help of the Junior Road Safety Officers from Cwmdar Primary School in Aberdare as well as another special visit 'Zarla the Zebra' the road safety mascot. Several parents took up the opportunity to have their child's car seat checked to ensure they were as safe as possible whilst travelling in the vehicle.

The Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs) in RCT were very busy carrying out their own tasks for Road Safety Week. JRSO's at YGG Llyn-Y-Forwyn, Our Ladys RC, Tylorstown and Penygraig Junior School presented 'Be Bright Be Seen' assemblies as well as acting out a short play on the importance of wearing bright clothing near the road particularly when its dark. Treorchy Primary JRSO's also designed their own PowerPoint on road safety and presented it to the whole school. JRSO's at Llwynypia Primary carried out a parking operation along with RCT Road Safety Officers and the Civil Enforcement Officers to prevent parents from parking on the yellow zig-zag lines.

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01/12/2016

Wales-Wide Festive Drink and Drug Drive Crackdown

Police forces are preparing to crack down on drivers who get behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs ahead of the festive season.

Drivers will be breathalysed and also checked for drugs during the campaign after a change to the law last spring.

Nearly 23,000 motorists were breathalysed during the operation last December.

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07/11/2016

Campaign Targets Phone Use Behind the Wheel

A crackdown on drivers using mobile phones behind the wheel has been launched today, as part of a Gwent Police-led initiative.

The four police forces in Wales, led by Gwent Police and in partnership with Road Safety Wales, have launched the enforcement campaign, in a bid to clamp down on ‘distracted driving’ - said to be the single biggest cause of death and injuries on roads in 2016.

The campaign, which will run until Sunday 20 November, will urge all road users to ‘keep their eyes on the road’, with officers speaking to drivers about the dangers of using phones and being distracted.

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27/10/2016

Daylight Savings at 100 – A Century of Wasted Opportunity

As the daylight savings system reaches 100 years old in 2016, family safety charity RoSPA – which also celebrates its centenary this year – is calling for a time-shift fit for the 21st century.

British Summer Time (BST) was introduced during the First World War in May 1916 in response to the German decision to take the same step to make the most of daylight hours. In the UK for the rest of the war, the clocks ran one hour ahead of GMT through the summer.

This same practice has been implemented by the Government since then, other than a short period during the Second World War and an experiment between 1968 and 1971, during which year-round BST was trialled, saving around 2,500 deaths and serious injuries each year of the trial period.

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27/10/2016

Think! Country Roads Campaign

The THINK! team has relaunched its ‘Country Roads’ campaign which will run until the end of November.

This campaign is targeting drivers aged 25-34 years, using the message ‘Brake before the bend, not on it’. Evaluation shows that this age group did reduce their speed into bends following the 2015 campaign.

59% of all road fatalities occur on country roads, and in 2015, 10,307 people were killed or seriously injured on country roads in Great Britain. The number of people killed on country roads is 10 times higher than on motorways.

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20/10/2016

Project EDWARD Results

Results from the first European Day Without A Road Death (Project EDWARD) have been published by TISPOL (the European Traffic Police Network) and the European Commission.

Summary of results:

  • On Wednesday 21 September 2016 (Project EDWARD day) there were 43 road deaths across 31 countries
  • This compares with 70 fatalities on the same day in 2015 and represents a like-for-like reduction of almost 39 per cent
  • 19 countries recorded zero fatalities on 21 September, compared with 11 countries in 2015. Eight of these countries had recorded at least one fatality on 21 September 2015
  • Seven other countries recorded a reduction in fatalities, compared with the same day in 2015
  • Three countries recorded an increase in fatalities
  • A full country-by-country result sheet is available here

Twitter impact:

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19/10/2016

Over 150 Vehicles Stopped by Gwent Police as Officers Target Illegal Drivers in Newport

On Monday 17th October 2016 Gwent Police had a day of action along the M4 in Newport.

The operation came as part of Modern Day Slavery Week, in a bid to tackle the perpetrators and offer support to victims of slavery.

Officers on the day worked closely with colleagues from Trading Standards, VOSA, DVLA, DWP and licensing officers from local councils.  Together they have been gathering intelligence, visiting businesses, carrying out patrols, and conducting vehicle checks across Gwent.

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17/10/2016

Drivers to be Prosecuted using Dash Cam Evidence

Reckless drivers could be prosecuted through ‘dash cam’ evidence sent in by members of the public in a new initiative by North Wales Police. Operation Snap or #OpSnap has been launched in response to the ever increasing submissions of video and photographic evidence from people who have witnessed driving offences.

North Wales Police are encouraging members of the public to send in their footage by completing a newly-devised online form.

Chief Inspector Darren Wareing from North Wales Police’ Roads Policing Unit said: “If you have footage from a dash cam, your pedal cycle cam or any other source that you feel supports you as a witness to an alleged motoring offence, we want to hear from you.

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12/10/2016

Gwent Police Officers Bring in Results of Roads Policing Operation

A recent roads policing operation took place along the A465, Llangua, Monmouthshire.

Crews from across Gwent joined forces with partners to tackle illegal drivers and bring action upon them.

As a result:

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27/09/2016

Project EDWARD - a ‘fantastic awareness-raiser’ for road safety

Ruth Purdie, TISPOL General Secretary reports that Project EDWARD was a ‘fantastic awareness-raiser’ for road safety.

  • Pledge count topped 103,000 on TISPOL website
  • Twitter reach of 19 million

We are taking the opportunity to thank everyone who participated in the first Project EDWARD (European Day Without A Road Death), which took place in 30 countries on Wednesday 21 September.

Yes, we set out to make one day without death on Europe’s roads. That was always going to be a very challenging task, and I know that there were some fatalities. But as a way of raising awareness and striking a chord far beyond the road safety sector, Project EDWARD was a runaway success and I am excited about how we take the concept forward.

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