Operation Snap Launches Wales-Wide

Motorists can now contribute to help Wales’s police forces keep roads safe by putting digital footage from dash cams and other devices to good use.

From today, as part of Operation Snap, members of the public throughout Wales can submit footage and images showing traffic offences being committed – from driving dangerously or carelessly to contravening solid white lines, using a mobile phone while driving or ignoring traffic lights.

Initially devised and piloted by the GoSafe unit in North Wales Police and the Road Casualty Reduction Partnership, the operation has now been introduced Wales-wide following further developments by South Wales Police and GoSafe. It will give members of the public the power to assist forces in taking action against those who put other road users at risk.

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Bedwas Pupils Share Their Anti-Drink Driving Message

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.

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Know Someone that Drink or Drug Drives? Let Gwent Officers Know!

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).

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Christmas Campaign Against Drink and Drug Driving

“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.

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MOT Reminder Service

A test version of a new government service has launched to remind drivers by text message and email when their MOT is due.  The GOV.UK service, developed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), makes it easy to get a reminder every year when your vehicle’s MOT is due.

When you sign up, you’ll get a reminder:

  • 4 weeks before your MOT is due
  • 2 weeks before your MOT is due, if you still haven’t had it tested

You’ll also get alerts that your vehicle no longer has an MOT.

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Welsh Transport Network Ready for Winter

Plans are in place to help keep Wales moving during the winter months, with over 216 thousand tonnes of salt and thirteen new frontline salt spreaders ready and waiting. 

The winter of 2009/10 saw stocks at some local authorities reach crisis point, and Economy Secretary Ken Skates is keen to ensure Wales is fully prepared over the coming months, whatever the weather.

Mr Skates said:

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Promoting Gwynedd Road Safety Schemes

Gwynedd Council has been working with Bangor City Football Club to promote two worthwhile schemes available to the county’s residents - "Pass Plus Cymru" and "Living Well Driving Well".

The "Pass Plus Cymru" scheme is aimed at young drivers between 17 and 25, who have passed their driving test, to get more driving skills and experience in order to try and reduce the risk of them being involved in road accidents.

The "Living Well Driving Well" scheme is aimed at drivers 65+ and gives individuals the opportunity to have a qualified driving instructor go out with them in their own car for a short drive, on a familiar route, to offer tips and advice on any issues that cause them concern when driving.

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Time to Think About Your Tyres

With a cold weather warning sweeping the nation, now is the right time for drivers to pay particular attention to tyre safety for the coming wintry months, says TyreSafe. That’s especially relevant to those who drive significant distances as the weather increasingly turns to the classic British experience of ‘all four seasons in a day’. That makes winter tyres an option for many but all road users should at least ensure tyres are in good condition and ready to face all possible road conditions.

As the UK’s average mean temperature is below 7°C throughout the winter months*, winter tyres become the optimal choice for motorists. Even at low temperatures, they stay supple and provide the best levels of grip unlike summer tyres which harden in these conditions. Winter tyres also have an increased number of ‘sipes’ or grooves in the tread allowing more contact with the road in icy or wet conditions.

All-season tyres are an increasingly popular option as they provide better performance than summer tyres in winter and are designed to be driven all year-round. However, they do not offer the optimal performance of summer tyres in warm weather or winter tyres in the cold.

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Brighten Up! Be Safe, Be Seen

Police are urging road users to be safe as the darker mornings and evenings approach.

Sunday 29 October marks the end of British Summer Time and North Wales Police would like to remind road users to take extra care and remain vigilant when out and about.

With the clocks going back by one hour, the changes mean the days become shorter and it becomes darker much earlier and children, pedestrians and cyclists become even more vulnerable as they are less visible to motorists.

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Tread Carefully Not to End Up on Skid Row

Don’t end up on skid row. That’s the message from Carmarthenshire Council’s Road Safety Unit targeting tyre safety on our county roads.

The tyre safety campaign coincides with ‘National Tyre Safety Month’. The message is simple, tyres should be checked frequently and especially before a long journey. Drivers should take care of their tyres, keep them correctly inflated and replace them when worn or damaged.

Passenger vehicles (other than motorcycles) for not more than 8 seated passengers, Goods vehicles (not exceeding 3,500kg max gross weight), Light trailers (not exceeding 3,500kg max gross weight), must have a tread depth of at least 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and around the entire circumference. Most vehicles larger than those listed above and motorcycles 50cc and over with or without a sidecar, must have a minimum legal tread depth of 1mm.

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