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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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26/09/2016

Don't Chance It - Check It

TyreSafe is launching their annual tyre safety campaign on 1 October, which will run for the whole of October.

Research carried out by the TyreSafe team and Highways England into tyre tread depth at the point of replacement, has shown that over 340,000 tyres, surveyed by 800 retailers across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales confirmed that more than one-in-four British motorists are replacing their tyres when they are already illegal. In 2016, that equates to potentially over 10 million illegal and dangerous tyres on Britain’s roads. In combination with the number of casualties resulting from tyre-related incidents, the MoT failure rate due to defective tyres, and surveys of British motorists’ awareness of tyre safety issues, there is unquestionable evidence that attitudes need to change.

In addition to the fact that routine tyre checks would prevent many of these incidents, this evidence has been the inspiration behind this year’s Tyre Safety Month campaign – Don’t chance it, Check it.

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19/09/2016

Project EDWARD: Let's Make 21st September a European Day Without a Road Death

The first European Day Without A Road Death is taking place across Europe on Wednesday 21 September. Devised as Project EDWARD by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL), the initiative seeks to draw attention to the average of 70 deaths occurring every day on the roads of Europe.

UK support for Project EDWARD comes from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), Road Safety GB, Road Safety Scotland, Road Safety Wales, the Automobile Association and many public and private organisations.

TISPOL believes it’s vital to gain the support of national governments, as well as winning the hearts and minds of individual road users, in order to bring about sustained and significant reductions in death and injury on Europe’s roads.

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