Stay Alive, Get To Know The Fatal 5
Road Safety Wales is reminding road users of the Fatal 5, the five main causes of road traffic collisions and injuries in Wales. Most people abide by the rules of the road but unfortunately a small minority choose to put themselves, their families and innocent road users at risk.
The bilingual Fatal 5 leaflet produced by Road Safety Wales covers the following:
Don’t Drink/Drug Drive - 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. Prescribed medication can still affect your ability to drive and therefore make you liable for prosecution so please check with your doctor or pharmacist.
Kill Your Speed - You are twice as likely to kill someone you hit at 35mph than you are at 30mph. Just a 1mph cut in your average speed can result in a 5% reduction in the collision rate. By using your judgement and driving to the conditions you can help cut casualties on our roads and make them safer for everyone.
Don’t Get Careless - A vehicle can become a lethal weapon when driven carelessly. Getting a fixed penalty will result in a £100 fine and 3 points on your licence. Causing death by dangerous driving can mean a prison sentence of up to 14 years. Please drive or ride carefully every time and encourage friends and family to do the same.
Belt Up – You are twice as likely to die if you don’t belt up. Not wearing a seatbelt can be a fatal decision, even on short, familiar journeys and at low speed. As a driver you are responsible for ensuring that passengers under the age of 14 are wearing a seatbelt or using the correct child restraint for their height and age. On the spot fines are £100, but if prosecuted, the maximum is £500.
Switch It Off - You are four times more likely to crash if you use a mobile phone whilst driving, whatever you’re doing with it. The consequences for using your phone behind the wheel are a £200 fine and 6 points on your licence. If you cause a death, you could face up to 14 years imprisonment. Been driving less than two years? Get caught using your mobile when driving just once and you’ll have to take your theory and practical tests again.
We have some of the safest roads in the world but with your help we can make them even better. Stay alive, get to know the Fatal 5.
Copies of the leaflet are available from your local road safety officer – you can find their contact details here.