News

19/10/2018

Review of the Highway Code

Transport Minister Jesse Norman has announced a review of the Highway Code to help keep cyclists and pedestrians safe on the roads.

The new Highway Code is expected to highlight how to avoid the dangers of close passing, and encourage people to adopt the ‘Dutch reach’, a method of opening a car door with the hand furthest from the handle, to force drivers to look over their shoulder for passing traffic. It may also set new rules for giving pedestrians and cyclists the right of way at side roads.

Cycling and Walking Minister, Jesse Norman said, “Britain has some of the safest roads in the world, but we need them to be safer still for all – and particularly for cyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.

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16/10/2018

Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel Survey

People residing in the Dyfed-Powys Police force area are being asked to identify the issues they would most like the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel to focus on over the coming year.

The Panel is made up of representatives from across Dyfed-Powys and aims to give local people a greater voice in how the police serve local communities. Members support the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, but also hold him to account.

In preparing their schedule for 2019-20, the Panel want people to have a say on the areas they should focus on; to assist a survey has been launched asking for people’s views. The brief online questionnaire, which can be completed in a few minutes, also asks what people know about the Panel and its work.

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12/10/2018

Arrests, Searches and Vehicle Seizures - Operation Raptor Crackdown in Newport

Antisocial behaviour, drugs offences and suspicious vehicles were the subject of the latest Operation Raptor activity in Newport.

Between 4pm and midnight on Friday, 28th September 2018, officers from Gwent Police's Area Support Unit (ASU), East Tasking team, Dog Section, Neighbourhood and Response Policing Teams joined forces for the crackdown across the city.

Inspector Matt Havard, of ASU East, said: "The operation was intelligence-led, and focused on issues we know are important to our communities.

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11/10/2018

Bobby Goes Home

Do you remember Bobby? He was the loveable police car that travelled around schools in the 90s to deliver important road safety messages.

After attending countless schools with his partner, PC Roger Hughes, he went into semi-retirement at a community partnership centre called the Safety Zone in Treforest. Whilst there, he was used by South Wales Police to continue delivering road safety messages when school children visited. Approximately 5 years ago, the Safety Zone was closed and Bobby stayed with Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, waiting for the Police to re-house him.

The council got in touch with the South Wales Police Heritage Centre (museum) where a suitable home for Bobby was finally found. He is now FULLY retired and on display in the Police Museum at South Wales Police headquarters in Bridgend. This came just in time for their refurbishment and open doors event held recently.

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10/10/2018

SWFRS Bridgend Retain UK Extrication Title For The Sixth Time

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service Bridgend Extrication Team remain the very best in the country after defending their U.K. Extrication Team title and winning for a sixth time.

The team fought off strong competition from teams across the UK on home soil at the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) Challenge in Cardiff Bay. The team also picked up Best UK Extrication Technical Team and Best UK Extrication Medic.

Hosted by South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and drawing thousands to the iconic and sunny Cardiff Bay the event saw 600 firefighters battle it out in Trauma, Water, Extrication, Rope and Urban Search and Rescue challenges showcasing the very best in rescue skills and techniques.

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10/10/2018

Last BikeSafe Workshop of 2018 in North Wales

The last of the 2018 workshops is to be held in Rhyl this weekend.

BikeSafe – a national police-led motorcycle project; offers practical advice about road safety and educates riders by passing on knowledge and skills. The workshop encourages motorcyclists to take post-test training, which can realise their best potential and help them to become safer riders.

Supported by the six local authorities in the North Wales Police region, the workshops are held throughout the year and the last session for 2018 will be held at Rhyl Community Fire Station on Sunday 14th October.

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09/10/2018

A Reminder For Extra Care Around The Crossing

A bright and bold new banner can now be seen at Cleddau Reach VC School in Llangwm, Pembrokeshire, encouraging drivers to take extra care around the pedestrian crossing used by pupils.

Staff, parents and pupils were concerned that a small minority of motorists were not as vigilant as they could be when approaching the crossing in the busy car park. As a result, the school council launched a competition inviting pupils to design a banner encouraging drivers to be more careful.

Two hundred children took part in the competition and the school council shortlisted nine designs before asking the road safety team at Pembrokeshire County Council to select an overall winner.

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01/10/2018

Celebrating a Silver Anniversary

Crucial Crew is getting ready to mark its 25th anniversary in Pembrokeshire.

With the continued support of South Hook LNG, Pembrokeshire County Council is again bringing together agencies providing focused safety input to around 1,400 schoolchildren.

During the past 25 years, thousands of Pembrokeshire youngsters have received important safety insights through the annual Crucial Crew scheme. From understanding basic first aid, road and coastal safety to recognising domestic abuse situations and online awareness, children continue to be guided through realistic scenarios that promote the importance of staying safe. 

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28/09/2018

UKRO Challenge 2018 Comes to Cardiff Bay

There's still time to visit Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff Bay for the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) Challenge. UKRO is a charitable organisation, which "aims to drive the national agenda on road death reduction, by pushing vehicle extrication to its professional pinnacle and showcasing other rescue disciplines."

Running until Sunday 30 September, the exciting event is a chance for emergency services personnel to demonstrate techniques across all rescue disciplines. The Safety Village will host a range of fun activities and the venue provides a tremendous view of the action, including:

  • Vehicle extrication
  • Trauma care
  • USAR (urban search & rescue)
  • Rope rescue
  • Water rescue

South Wales Fire Service Rescue Teams have a very successful history in competing at regional, national and world level; with the Bridgend Extrication Team holding the titles of world and UK champions in 2016 and 2017.

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24/09/2018

National Eye Health Week

National Eye Health Week takes place between 24th and 30th September 2018, which aims to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular eye tests.

Good eyesight is vital when using the road, no matter what age you are. Drivers and motorcyclists must be able to read a vehicle registration plate from a distance of 20 metres (or 20.5 metres if the vehicle was registered before September 2001) wearing glasses or contact lenses if required.

If you’re finding it difficult to read road signs, particularly those with text, it could indicate that your eyesight has deteriorated and you may require corrective lenses. If you’re finding it harder to see clearly in the dark, this may also mean you need to wear glasses or contact lenses.

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