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28/03/2016

Motorcyclists targeted in Easter road safety operation

A Welsh Government funded operation which aims to reduce the number of motorcycle-related deaths and serious injuries on Welsh roads over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend is taking place today, Monday 28 March 2016rsgvihnponkinPWAfcaqppfdpd0ddCheckRSWDataProtectionj

Operation Crafanc y Ddraig (Dragon’s Claw) will see roads policing officers from Wales’ four police forces join forces with GoSafe, Wales’ Safety Camera Partnership, to tackle anti-social road use, particularly anti-social riding, and promote casualty reduction on Bank Holiday Monday.

As part of the operation a mixture of marked and unmarked police and GoSafe vehicles will be placed along key sites across Wales using a variety of tactics including engagement, education and enforcement to help reduce road casualties and tackle dangerous and anti-social driving and riding.

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29/02/2016

£450,000 For Innovative Projects To Reduce Motorcyclist Casualties

Two projects which aim to improve road safety and reduce the number of motorcyclist casualties will share up to £450,000 of Welsh Government research funding to develop their products, the Economy and Transport Minister, Edwina Hart has announced.

In July of last year the Minister announced the four successful projects under the first stage of the Welsh Government’s Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), which required companies to identify pioneering approaches to reduce motorcyclist casualties in Wales – a priority road safety target for the Welsh Government.

The funding they received helped them to run feasibility studies as part of the first phase of the challenge. The four projects were then invited to bid for funding for phase 2 of the initiative, which will help develop the products to point where they can be marketed.

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28/01/2016

Road Safety Initiatives For Motorcyclists in Powys

Motorcyclists in Powys have the opportunity to become safer riders thanks to a series of road safety initiatives that are now available.

Powys County Council’s Road Safety Unit has a number of initiatives to help motorcyclists ride safely, thanks to funding from the Welsh Government.

The first initiative is called ‘Ride On’ – a one-day motorcycle course designed to give motorcyclists an introduction to advanced motorcycling. It consists of an informal theory session followed by an assessment ride out, which is captured on the tutors’ bike mounted camera.

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20/11/2015

Have you got a CRASH Card?

Motorcylists are being urged to carry cards which contain potentially life-saving information in the event of an incident.

At some point in a motorcyclist’s riding life they may have an ‘unscheduled dismount’ or they may be with a rider who does. CRASH is a set of easy to remember steps to keep themselves safe, as well as the unfortunate rider who has been involved in a collision.

There is space to record information which could be vital to the attending paramedic, including current medical history and the details of any medication currently being taken.

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18/11/2015

South West Wales RoADAR - Gold!

With their own, and the safety of other road-users in mind, 12 motorcyclists from South West Wales ROADAR have recently achieved Gold standard passes for the RoSPA Advanced Motorcycle test – the highest civilian qualification of its kind obtainable in Europe. This is an exceptional contribution to the region's road-safety record and one that all road-users benefit from.

Unfortunately, the Welsh nation is no stranger to desperately sad news stories of deaths and injuries sustained by motorcyclists whilst enjoying our outstanding countryside. Wales continues to be a ‘destination’ region for motorcycling, contributing enormously to our tourist economy - but the statistics surrounding this recreational activity are sometimes devastating.

Through their voluntary efforts, South West Wales RoADAR group is seeking to address this situation by putting on the roads motorcyclists with exceptionally high safety-awareness and advanced handling skills. Riders from all walks of life – from aid worker to an accountant, are taking up the challenge of the test. Once a pass is gained, all riders are then re-tested every three years to ensure standards are being maintained.
The test evaluates the highest possible level of handling and safety skills that a civilian rider can achieve – all under the scrutiny of serving or ex class 1 police riders. It is truly exceptional to have such a high number of Gold awards, all achieved through the hard work of South West Wales RoADAR group.

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01/09/2015

Motorcyclists in Wales are being encouraged to carry free CRASH Cards which contain potentially life-saving information in the event of an incident.

Launched by Road Safety Wales, the CRASH Cards are being made available from motorcycle dealers and road safety teams throughout Wales. The cards contain space to record information which could be vital to paramedics – including medical history and details of any medication currently being taken. There is also space to list the name and contact number of a next of kin.

The cards were created by the Ambulance Motorcycle Club (AMC), and are already used in a number of areas in England, Northern Ireland and parts of Wales.

Road safety teams have been working in partnership with other road safety professionals who make up Road Safety Wales, and the scheme has the backing of the Wales NHS Ambulance Trust.

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24/08/2015

Dyfed-Powys Police Call for Drivers and Riders to Heed Rules of the Road

Whilst the number of casualties on the roads in Dyfed Powys has fallen over the last few years police officers are reminding drivers and riders to take care when they are on the road and to drive safely and not put themselves or other road users in danger.

Between 1st January and 20th August 2015 there have been 22 fatal road traffic collisions which have resulted in 26 fatalities. Unfortunately these figures are very similar for the same period in 2014 when there were 23 fatal road traffic collisions which resulted in 27 fatalities.

The number of fatal casualties can be broken down for each county: Carmarthenshire five, Ceredigion five, Pembrokeshire six and Powys ten.

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01/04/2015

Operation Darwen Begins This Weekend

An operation aimed at reducing motorcycle-related deaths and serious injuries on the roads of North Wales begins this weekend (Good Friday, April 3).

Operation Darwen is a force-wide campaign which runs from Easter through until early autumn which is aimed at motorcycle safety and reducing casualties on our roads.

Historically high numbers of motorcyclists descend onto North Wales due to the challenging nature of the roads in areas of outstanding natural beauty such as Snowdonia. Motorcyclists are more at risk of being killed or seriously injured in a road traffic collision than any other road user, representing 1% of road traffic but accounting for 18% of all fatalities.

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17/03/2015

Grid Reference Stickers and Location Markers

One hundred and ninety ‘Ride Safely’ information posters are currently being placed on roads around the County, Powys County Council has announced.

Not only do the posters act as a reminder to motorcyclists but they also highlight the presence of motorcyclists to all other road users. Additionally, since 2011, all of the posters also have a grid reference sticker and location marker on the back. It is hoped that if a motorcyclist is involved in a collision or breaks down, they can use the sticker to provide their exact location on unfamiliar roads.

The sticker comprises a 12-figure grid reference, which can be given to the emergency services control rooms, together with a description of the road number and route. These stickers were used to aid the emergency services with 5 collisions in the last financial year.

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04/02/2015

A Number of Initiatives for Motorcyclists in Powys

With 3,400 miles of road, Powys has the largest road network in Wales and motorcyclists come from far and wide to enjoy our rural roads.

In 2014, 6 motorcyclists lost their lives as a result of a road traffic collision in the County and in excess of 25 motorcyclists received serious injuries. As one of the most vulnerable road users in Powys, the Council’s Road Safety Unit wants to reduce the number of motorcyclists involved in collisions.

The Unit has introduced a number of initiatives to help motorcyclists ride safely, thanks to funding from the Welsh Government.

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