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01/06/2015

Keep Drink and Drugs Off The Road This Summer

With summer just around the corner and the prospect of parties around the barbecue in the long evenings, police across Wales are warning motorists that officers will be on heightened alert to spot anyone driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

Led by North Wales Police, the month-long All Wales Summer Anti Drink and Drug Drive Campaign throughout June, will see all four Welsh police forces increase the pressure and focus on those drivers who drink and drive or drive under the influence of drugs.

Sergeant Alun Davies from North Wales Police’ Roads Policing Unit said: “We all enjoy the prospect of longer evenings and the possibilities they present for socialising in homes, gardens, local pubs, festivals and other events.

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26/05/2015

Powys residents are encouraged to get ‘On Your Bike’

Residents in Powys who would like to cycle more but are lacking in confidence now have the opportunity to take part in a free training session, thanks to Powys County Council.

The ‘On Your Bike’ initiative was launched last year by the Council’s Road Safety Unit, thanks to funding from the Welsh Government.

Aimed at all adults regardless of their cycling ability, the initiative sees participants have a one hour assessment with a qualified National Standards Cycling Instructor. The initiative is completely free for Powys residents.

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19/05/2015

Driven to Distraction

“Switch off before you drive off” – that is the message being given by North Wales Police’ Roads Policing Unit as they launch a two-week distraction campaign.

Officers from the specialist unit are teaming up with colleagues from across the force to launch a campaign targeting people who use their mobile phones whilst driving.

As well as imposing penalties on drivers who are caught, dedicated officers will also use the campaign as an opportunity to educate motorists of the dangers of distraction driving.

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19/05/2015

RoSPA Responds to Police Federation Call for Lower Drink-Drive Limit

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), the country’s leading family safety charity, has responded to the Police Federation’s call for a lower drink-drive limit.

Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at RoSPA, said: “One of RoSPA’s long-standing campaigns is for the drink-drive limit to be lowered from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg across the whole of the UK, so we are pleased to see the Police Federation taking up this cause.

“Despite decades of drink-drive education and enforcement, over 75,000 people are still caught drink driving every year in England and Wales[1], and between 4 and 5 people die in drink-drive accidents every week.

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15/05/2015

Roads And Routes For Walkers And Cyclists In £27m Boost

Road bottlenecks and safer routes for walkers and cyclists in Wales will be tackled by nearly £27m funding.

It includes nearly £2m for a Llangefni Link Road on Anglesey and major road schemes costing around £1.3m each in Carmarthen, Ceredigion, and Swansea.

Transport Minister Edwina Hart said the cash would support economic growth, improve safety, and promote walking and cycling.

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07/05/2015

Bravery Award for Rhoose School Crossing Patrol Karin

A school crossing patrol who stepped in front of an out-of-control car to protect schoolchildren has received an award for her bravery.

Karin Williams from Rhoose, Vale of Glamorgan, was injured along with five children and three adults outside Rhws Primary School in July 2013. On Wednesday, she was presented with a Royal Humane Society bronze medal for her actions.

The driver of the car was found guilty of careless driving in May 2014.

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13/04/2015

All Wales Seatbelt Campaign Results

Welsh police have caught more than 1,250 vehicle occupants not wearing their seat belts in just two weeks - including eight children. The South Wales, Dyfed Powys, North Wales and Gwent forces teamed up for March's campaign, which was aimed at raising awareness amongs drivers and passengers of the dangers of not wearing seatbelts in the event of a collision.

Some 360 adults were found not to be wearing a seatbelt on the roads of South Wales, while in Dyfed-Powys 716 adults and eight children were caught. The total number of people caught across Wales was 1,257.

South Wales Police Chief Inspector Martyn Stone: "Our focus is on educating drivers about the risks to themselves and others of not wearing a seatbelt and the potential harm that can be caused by passengers in the back of the car who are not strapped in.

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08/04/2015

Child Car Seat Checks Results Revealed

Sixty three child car seats needed an adjustment after being checked by Powys County Council, it has been revealed.

Ninety 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 end of March. The checks were carried out in Newtown, Brecon, Machynlleth, Ystradgynlais and Llandrindod Wells.

Road Safety Officers checked the fit and suitability of the child car seats and found that only 26 of the seats did not need any adjustment. 23 of the seats needed a major adjustment while 40 seats needed a minor adjustment and 1 seat was not suitable for the vehicle it was being used in.

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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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01/04/2015

Don't be a Fool Today, Get to Know the Fatal 5

A Road Safety Wales information leaflet and poster have been developed to make road users aware of the five main causes of road traffic collisions and injuries in Wales.

The bilingual leaflet covers:

Drinking and Driving - Don’t risk being one of the 100,000 drink or drug drivers caught each year, or you could face a minimum 12 month ban, a large fine, a criminal record or even imprisonment. Stay alive don’t drink and drive.

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