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15/12/2016

Winning Ideas for Road Safety Campaign

A competition searching for videos and poster designs for a national road safety campaign has awarded two Torfaen artists for their creations. Earlier this year, Road Safety Wales appealed for designs to be used in their campaign to warn drivers of the dangers of drinking and taking drugs.

Molly Jones, 11, from West Monmouth School and April Bryant, 20, of Coleg Gwent, were recognised for their efforts, winning £50 each and receiving a certificate from Mayor for Torfaen, Cllr Veronica Crick.

Miss Jones won a prize in the campaign’s Christmas poster competition and came up with a number of different designs highlighting the damage that drinking and driving can do, merging them into one to create her winning entry. Art and design student Ms Bryant won the multimedia competition, using the classic Russian animation ‘The Hedgehog in the Fog’ as inspiration for her short stop-motion animation film.

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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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11/11/2016

Injured Horse Rider Urges Drivers to Slow Down

An event rider from the Newcastle Emlyn area is urging drivers to slow down and take care when they drive on rural roads, following an accident only five minutes from her home between the villages of Rhydlewis and Brongest last week.

It was originally thought that Sophie Spiteri had suffered a clot on the lung following her fall on the tarmac, but she came away with only minor injuries.

A knowledgeable horse woman, Sophie can be seen riding her retired race horses and youngsters daily around the country lanes of Brongest, the village where she lives. On her usual daily morning hack on her five-year-old thoroughbred gelding Gulliver, she was met by a white van, and Sophie says the driver made no attempt to stop.

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09/11/2016

Government Confirms Plans to Double Mobile Phone Penalties

The Government has confirmed it is planning to double the penalties for those caught using a mobile phone while driving.

Announced today (8 Nov) as part of a response into a consultation on the issue, the move means that those found committing the offence will be docked six points and receive a £200 fine.

In January, the Government launched its consultation seeking views on proposals to increase penalty points and fixed penalty notice (FPN) levels for the offence.

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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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01/11/2016

Nearly a Third of Tyres Replaced in Wales are Already Illegal

A recent survey, compiled by TyreSafe, of over 25,000 tyres as they were being replaced at Welsh tyre outlets, showed that 29.1% were illegal.

October has been Tyre Safety Month, and Road Safety Wales Partners have been highlighting the importance of tyres to safer motoring through social media. It has been disappointing to note that two recent police campaigns highlighted problems with tyres on a number of vehicles. Drivers who fail to comply with the regulations face a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre. Leaving your tyre checks until the MOT is due could be an expensive decision.

Motorists can help reduce the risks to themselves and other road users by carrying out tyre checks every month and before long journeys. The air pressure in each tyre should follow the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended settings, and tread depth should be well over the minimum legal limit of 1.6mm, roughly the same as the rim of a 20p piece. If a 20p piece is inserted into the tread and the rim is visible, the tyre may be illegal. However, professional advice is to replace your tyres ideally as soon as they reach 3mm. While checking tread depth, also look out for any lumps, bumps, signs of ageing or scuffing on the tyre which may indicate internal damage.

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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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25/10/2016

Newport M4 Speed Cameras: 240 Drivers Caught in Three Days

Almost 250 people were caught speeding in the first three days since enforcement was introduced on the M4 around Newport.

The variable speed limit covers the stretch from junction 24 (Coldra) to junction 28 (Tredegar Park).

The system was introduced in 2011 but was inactive for five years - fines have only been issued since 10 October.

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21/10/2016

Stop Means Stop - Drivers Putting Lives at Risk

Children and School Crossing Patrol Staff are being put at risk of death or injury by drivers who fail to stop when the Stop sign is displayed.

Drivers are legally obliged to obey the School Crossing Patrol Sign under the Road Traffic Act 1988. As soon as a patrol raises their sign, even if they have not stepped into the road, the law states that drivers must be prepared to stop.

Once the School Crossing Patrol is in the road displaying the sign, drivers MUST stop, and not proceed until the School Crossing Patrol and any accompanying children have finished crossing the road.

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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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