News

14/11/2019

Road Safety Spot Checks Outside Denbighshire Schools

A clampdown on anti-social parking outside schools will take place in Denbighshire, council officers will be carrying out spot checks at schools and informing motorists about road safety.

Police Community Support Officers and Civil Enforcement Officers will also be attending schools to deter parents from parking on zig zags and double yellow lines.

Emlyn Jones, Denbighshire County Council’s Head of Planning and Public Protection Services, said, “Anti-social driving and parking around the county’s schools puts children’s lives in danger. We are urging parents to observe the Highway Code and facilitate the safeguarding of our children. Parking on pavements and zig zags forces children to walk on roads which are busy and congested during these hours.

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11/11/2019

Further Drink And Drug Driving Arrests Across The North Wales Region

As officers prepare for the forthcoming Christmas Anti Drink and Drug Driving campaign, motorists in North Wales are being reminded that the Police will continue to crack down on those caught driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs, ahead of the festive period.

Recent arrests have taken place in Rhyl, Trawsfynydd, Shotton, Caernarfon, Porthmadog, Bodelwyddan, Llandudno, Caerwys, Broughton, Wrexham and Bangor.

Temporary Sergeant Darren Newby of the Roads Policing Unit said, “Despite our repeated warnings regarding the dangers of drink and drug driving, people are still choosing to risk their own lives and the lives of other road users by taking to the roads whilst under the influence.

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11/11/2019

New Road At Five Mile Lane

Vale of Glamorgan Council Deputy Leader Lis Burnett was joined by Welsh Government Minister for Economy and Transport Ken Skates AM to mark the opening of the new A4226, known locally as Five Mile Lane.

In a joint project that saw investment of more than £20 million, the new route, which runs from the Sycamore Cross junction of the A48 to the Weycock Cross roundabout in Barry, will be safer than its predecessor and offer improved journey times.

The scheme also brings a significant environmental benefit, with a range of plants along its route creating an ecological corridor.

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06/11/2019

Illegal Off-Road Vehicles Seized As Part Of Operation Red Mana

Four more off-road vehicles have been seized in Cardiff as part of Operation Red Mana and all of the bikes will be crushed and recycled unless the owners claim their vehicle back with the correct paperwork and insurance details.

A 30-year-old man was arrested by South Wales Police recently on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs when he was stopped and had his bike seized in Coryton, Cardiff. A further three off-road vehicles were confiscated from the Rover Way area.

Cllr Michael Michael, Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Environment and Recycling said, "The number of people in communities across the city who complain to me about these bikes and quads being ridden over park land and on the city's roads is increasing.

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01/11/2019

Government To Close A Legal Loophole To Improve Safety

The government has confirmed it will close a legal loophole which has allowed drivers to escape prosecution for hand-held mobile phone use while behind the wheel.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, has announced that he will urgently take forward a review to tighten the existing law preventing hand-held mobile use while driving.

At present, the law prevents drivers from using a hand-held mobile phone to call or text. However, people caught filming or taking photos while driving have escaped punishment as lawyers have successfully argued this activity does not fit into the ‘interactive communication’ currently outlawed by the legislation.

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31/10/2019

Powerful Message for Young Road Users

A graphic message demonstrating the consequences of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol has been delivered to young people in Pembrokeshire.

Targeted at new - or soon to be – drivers, the road safety event ‘Get Smashed’ recreated first-hand the effects of a devastating road accident through sights, sounds and smells.

Young people watched a DVD entitled ‘Could you live with yourself?’ which reflects the crash which killed motorcycle passenger Karen Boulcott in 2006.

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29/10/2019

Be Seen This Halloween

Parents across Carmarthenshire are being reminded to make sure their children can ‘Be seen this Halloween’.

The council’s road safety team has launched its annual ‘be seen’ campaign to coincide with the clocks going back on Sunday, October 27.

With the darker mornings and nights coming in, children are being encouraged to wear bright clothing. Parents could also consider investing in fluorescent / reflective armbands or tabards to help keep their children safe when out and about near roads.

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29/10/2019

Green Light for Car Chargers

Local authorities in Gwent have been awarded £459,000 from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to install electric vehicle charge points in car parks in residential areas.

Thanks to the funding the five local authorities (Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen) will work to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure across 33 local authority car parks in Gwent - installing up to 73 fast charge points.

The joint bid was put together by the authorities aided by the Energy Saving Trust and submitted by Blaenau Gwent Council. The project has also been supported financially by the Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales who funded a feasibility study.

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28/10/2019

£1million of Active Travel Schemes Delivered in Ceredigion in 2018-19

Ceredigion County Council has recently published its Annual Active Travel Report which contains details of £1million worth of new cycling and walking schemes delivered in Ceredigion during the 2018-19 financial year.

Details of Welsh Government grants and match-funding contributions from the council and other partners are included in the report for schemes such as the new shared use path between Bow Street and the IBERS Campus. This path will help link the new Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus development site to the Bow Street Rail Station, which is scheduled to open next year. The council is currently working on proposals to extend the shared use path towards Penrhyncoch.

Innovative cycle infrastructure such as cycle wheel ramps, public bike repair stations, new e-bike charging stations and new cycle shelters were installed at various locations in Aberystwyth to further enhance provision for cyclists.

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24/10/2019

All Aboard for the Walking Bus at Tynewydd Primary School

Tynewydd Primary School in Newbridge are the latest school in Caerphilly County Borough to take part in the walking bus initiative as part of International Walk to School Month.

Pupils were joined by staff, parents, the council’s road safety officer and Alfie the dog earlier this week as they set off on their first walking bus from the centre of Newbridge.

20 Caerphilly primary schools across the county have a walking bus and regularly hold assemblies and lessons to teach pupils about road safety.

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