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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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10/06/2016

Dyfed Powys Police Launches All Wales Anti Drink/Drug Driving Campaign

This summer police will be targeting drivers who risk their lives and the lives of others by driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Dyfed Powys Police will lead the month-long campaign on behalf of the four welsh police forces, running from 10th June to the 10th July, to coincide with the 2016 UEFA European Championships which takes place in France.

Over the next four weeks, thousands of motorists face being stopped as teams from the four forces – North Wales, Dyfed Powys, South Wales and Gwent - conduct road checks at various locations across the country.

Last year in Wales the campaign saw officers carrying out over 12,000 breath tests, of which over 300 roadside breath tests were positive. 52 arrests were made under the new Section 5a drug drive offence

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06/06/2016

New Drug Driving Laws See Almost 800 Arrests in Wales in First Year

Nearly 800 arrests were made for drug driving in Wales in the year after new laws came into force.

The four Welsh police forces made 770 arrests between March 2, 2015, when the new laws came in and the same date this year.

South Wales Police arrested 136 people for drug driving, with 70 people charged, according to figures obtained through Freedom of Information requests by BBC Radio 5 Live. Dyfed Powys made 71 arrests over the period, with 22 facing charges.

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26/05/2016

Five Drug Driving Arrests in One Evening

Police Officers in Newport have made five arrests in just one evening by using a roadside device called a 'DrugWipe'.

It can test a saliva sample for drugs like Cannabis and Cocaine within as little as 8 minutes.

A positive test is indicated by the appearance of red lines on the device, similar to a pregnancy test.

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