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23/11/2015

Number of Drivers in Court Over Motoring Offences Increases

The number of drivers prosecuted for motoring offences by magistrates grew by 8% last year, figures have shown.

Almost 54,500 cases were dealt with in 2014, up from about 50,500 in 2013, according to Welsh government numbers.

However, the latest annual figures of fixed penalty notices issued in Wales - 77,000 - dropped by 17%.

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02/11/2015

Eighth Community Speed Watch Scheme in Gwent

The eighth community speedwatch scheme to educate speeding drivers has been set up in Gwent.

The scheme, which trains volunteers to monitor passing vehicles which are driving above the speed limit, was first launched in Llanfair Kilgeddin, near Abergavenny in June of last year, and started in Little Mill/Monkswood on Friday.

There are already schemes running in Llandogo, Tintern, Usk, Abergavenny, Peterstone and Itton. Other parts of Gwent including St Arvans, Rudry, Llangym and Magor are due to set up their schemes shortly.

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27/10/2015

571 Caught Using Their Mobile Phone Whilst Driving

571 motorists were caught using their mobile phones whilst behind the wheel during the 2015 All-Wales Anti-Mobile Phone While Driving Campaign.

The enforcement campaign, which ran between September 24 and October 7, involved road safety partners and urged all road users to ‘keep their eyes on the road’ and not be distracted by answering their mobile phone, reading a text or going online.

Studies show that drivers using a hands-free or handheld mobile phone are slower at recognising and reacting to hazards.

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26/10/2015

Tackling Anti-Social Driving in Ruthin

North Wales Police officers in Ruthin have joined forces with their colleagues in Roads Policing to undertake an operation tackling anti-social driving in the town.

Police CarPutting the brakes on bad and anti-social driving as well as ensuring that vehicles stopped are fit for the road are the aims of the operation. It got underway a few weeks ago as a direct result of concerns that had been raised by local residents.

“The operation will continue as long as the issue persists,” confirmed local Sergeant Dave Nickels. “Dangerous and careless driving will not be tolerated and those found braking the law face not only prosecution but also could have their vehicles seized.”

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16/10/2015

Be Bright Be Seen This Autumn

With the clocks going back later this month and daylight hours growing shorter North Wales Police would like to remind road users to take extra care and remain vigilant when out and about at night.

The arrival of autumn often means foggy weather, strong winds and stormy conditions. These, with the darker mornings and evenings, increase the risk of collisions taking place. Children, pedestrians and cyclists become even more vulnerable as they are less visible to motorists.

Inspector Martin Best from North Wales Police’ Roads Policing Unit said: “With the clocks going back at the end of the month and with it getting darker earlier on, it is more important than ever to make sure you can be seen when you’re out and about near roads. Motorists should drive considerately and reduce their speed to meet the traffic and weather conditions. Lights need to be in good working order and used when visibility is poor during the daytime. However be careful that headlights don’t dazzle other road users.

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14/10/2015

Drivers Who Obstruct Yellow Boxes in Cardiff Will Be Fined

From Monday 12 October, drivers who stop on a yellow box junction and obstruct traffic in Cardiff are to be fined, as part of the city’s Moving Traffic Offences Scheme. The City of Cardiff Council has being issuing warning notices to drivers over the past week who have offended but fines will now be sent out for all captured offences.

The Council is the first local authority in the UK, outside London to enforce yellow box junctions using innovative technology, which allows offences to be issued retrospectively via CCTV. This new technology increases efficiency, as staff do not have to watch live footage to enforce the scheme. This is the next phase of the Moving Traffic Offences Scheme. The Council is already fining drivers for illegal use of bus lanes.

The enforcement of yellow box junctions will take place in a number of phases, with cameras currently in place in Customhouse Street, Bute Terrace and Bute Street Junction. Other junctions are being monitored and more cameras will be placed in other areas of the city centre. The Moving Traffic Offences Scheme has been designed and put in place to change drivers’ behaviour and to crucially keep Cardiff moving in the city.

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01/10/2015

Driving for Work: Mobile Phones

Research shows that using a hand-held or hands-free mobile phone while driving is a significant distraction, and substantially increases the risk of the driver being involved in a collision. High mileage and company car drivers are more likely than most to use a mobile phone while driving.

Driving for Work: Mobile PhonesAs a result of this, RoSPA Wales have produced their first in a series of ‘Driving for Work’ factsheets to help employers manage the risk for staff who use the roads as part of their job. This first edition focuses on the dangers and consequences of driving while using a mobile phone.

You are four times more likely to crash, injuring or killing yourself and/or other people, if you use a mobile phone while driving, whatever you’re doing with it.

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24/09/2015

Police Launch Campaign Targeting Motorists Who Use Phones Whilst Driving

The four police forces in Wales, led by Dyfed-Powys Police and in partnership with Road Safety Wales, are launching a major crackdown on motorists who use mobile phones whilst driving. The All Wales enforcement campaign will run from Thursday September 24 to Wednesday October 7, and is urging all road users to ‘keep their eyes on the road’ and not be distracted by answering their mobile phone, reading a text or going online.

Police patrols will increase across Wales for the duration of the enforcement campaign, to draw drivers attention to not only the risks posed by being distracted by mobile phones while in control of a vehicle, but the serious penalties which they will face if they are caught.

Nationally, the numbers of motorists using mobile phones to make calls, texts or social media updates whilst driving has risen and distracted driving is expected to be the biggest single cause of death and injuries on roads as a result in 2015. In Wales more than 900 motorists were caught using their mobile phones whilst behind the wheel during the 2014 campaign.

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21/09/2015

Drivers Urged to Stop for SCPs

Pembrokeshire County Council is to run a campaign urging drivers to stop for school crossing patrols (SCPs) following increasing concerns that some motorists are not doing so.

Since November 2014, when a SCP in Fishguard was struck by a car, council Stop means Stop officers have been monitoring near misses and have logged numerous incidents of vehicles failing to stop for the patrols, with a number of these incidents reported to the police.

Now the council’s road safety team is running a Stop Means Stop campaign for the month of October.

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15/09/2015

Child Car Seat Checks Results Revealed

65 checks were carried out by officers from the council’s Road Safety Unit during a week of Car Seat Clinics around the county at the beginning of September. The checks were carried out in Newtown, Brecon, Welshpool and Llandrindod Wells.

Road Safety Officers checked the fit and suitability of the child car seats and found that only 9 of the seats did not need any adjustment. In addition to the 48 seats that needed a minor or major adjustment, officers recommended that 8 seats were not used as they did not meet current regulations or safety checks.

A common fault included the headrest interfering with the child car seat, where there should be no contact. When fitting a rearward facing baby seat, check the position of the carry handle – there should be a picture on the side of the seat. The handle will normally, but not always, need to be in the upright position or towards the baby’s feet.

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