Gwent Police Drink/Drug Driving Warning As They Launch Wales-Wide Campaign

Gwent Police Drink/Drug Driving Warning As They Launch Wales-Wide Campaign

The month-long winter campaign, launched in Cwmbran today, will start on December 1 and will see an increase in the number of roadside breath tests.

ACC Julian WilliamsLast year in Wales a total of 30,718 people were tested as part of the campaign with 488 returning either positive results or refusing to take the breath test.

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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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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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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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Child Car Seat Recall: Check Your Car Seat Today

Argos has issued a product recall for three Fisher Price child car seats, due to safety concerns. The car seats have safety restraints that don't fully meet test requirements and could compromise a child's safety, in the event of an accident.

Parents should stop using these three child car seats and return them to Argos for either a replacement or refund.

Three Fisher Price child car seats recalled

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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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