Drink Related Deaths in Great Britain 2016

Estimated figures, published by the Department for Transport on 9 August, show that there were 230 drink-drive related deaths in Great Britain during 2016, a year-on-year rise of 15%.

The DfT does not believe that the estimate, which is higher than the 2015 figure, is statistically significant, and is lower than the DfT’s initial estimate of 240 drink-drive related deaths in 2016.

The figures also show that:

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Hoggin the Bridge 2018

Hoggin’ the Bridge will take place this year on the weekend of 29 and 30 September, and will be looking to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

The event is run by Caldicot Town Team, a not-for-profit community interest company run entirely by volunteers, with all proceeds from Hoggin’ the Bridge going to local and national charities.  Organisers are expecting more than 10,000 visitors with the event beginning on Saturday 29 September with live music from local bands, Rusty Shackle and The Bug Club.  Camping at the David Broome Event Centre in Caldicot will also be available. 

The main ride on 30 September leaves Aust services at 11.00 am, and ends at the David Broome Event Centre.

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We're All Going on a Summer Holiday

This Friday and Saturday are again expected to be busy days on the roads of the UK, with people travelling to airports, ferry ports and to holiday destinations in the UK and Europe.  A single breakdown could cause further disruption to your journey, so it pays to be prepared before you set off.

A few simple checks around your car, motorhome, trailer or caravan can save you from spending time on the hard shoulder or waiting for a recovery service to arrive.

  • Check oil and coolant levels following the instructions in the handbook.
  • Check the condition of the tyres, (including the spare, if you have one) for correct pressures and legal tread depth.  Check also that the tyre walls are undamaged, with no bulges or cracking.
  • Make sure the jack and wheel brace are in correct working order. If locking wheel nuts are fitted, ensure the locking key is stored safely in the vehicle.
  • Check all the exterior lights are working correctly, including on a caravan or trailer.
  • Never overload your vehicle, trailer or caravan beyond their designed carrying capacity.
  • Check all wiper blades for wear or splitting, check the windscreen washer fluid level and check that the washer jets are adjusted correctly

 Finally, leave plenty of time for your journey, especially if you need to catch a flight or a ferry.  Take plenty of breaks, stay hydrated and have a great trouble free holiday.

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Road Safety in Monmouthshire

Monmouthshire's Road Safety Team has produced a Newsletter outlining the work that has been going on throughout the County during the Summer Term.

The Newsletter is sent out to all primary schools, but if you haven't had an opportunity to see a copy you can download one below.  For further information on any of the programmes and training opportunities for teachers, volunteers and children please contact  You can also keep up to date with the programme for schoolsl by folloiwng their Twitter account Mon Road Safety (@Mon_roadsafety).

Summer Newsletter (English)

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Wales by Bike Highlights Motorcycling in Powys

Geoff from Powys County Council’s Road Safety Unit has been talking to Wales by Bike, the website for bikers written by bikers. 

Highlighting some of the opportunities for residents in the Powys area, Geoff said:

“In conjunction with Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service we run Biker Down! Cymru workshops throughout the county, a free three-hour course covering:

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