100 Drink and Drug Drivers in Wales Involved in Collisions During Campaign

More than 500 people were caught at the wheel while under the influence of drink or drugs during a campaign run by Wales’ four police forces at Christmas.

The annual drink and drug driving campaign, which ran from 1 December 2021 to 1 January 2022, saw 299 arrests for drink driving, with another 120 for drug driving.

Almost 100 of those arrests - 85 drink-drive and 14 drug-drive - came following road traffic collisions.

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First Bike on Scene (FBoS) in Neath Port Talbot

Spaces have become available for the First Bike on Scene (FBoS) course this Sunday, 23rd January in Neath Port Talbot.

First Bike on Scene is a one day nationally recognised First Aid course for motorcyclists. It is accredited by the Quality Casualty Care Alliance (QCCA) and is designed to provide the knowledge and skills to deal with the initial management of a causality involved in a road traffic collision or any incident where injury is sustained.

Bikers will be encouraged to provide necessary Basic Life Support (BLS) in the event while waiting for emergency services.

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North Wales Police Community Speed Watch Scheme

North Wales Police is currently recruiting Community Speed Watch volunteers force-wide. The role involves working with North Wales Police with the aim to:

  • Reduce the risk of death, injury and collisions
  • Improve the safety and quality of life for local communities
  • Increase public awareness of speeding and other traffic offences

Monitoring locations are chosen by the volunteers who are then trained in the use of hand-held speed monitoring devices to record the speed of motorists driving through their village or parish.

Operating at the roadside in 20, 30 or 40mph zones, volunteers monitor the speeds of passing vehicles using portable or tripod mounted speed indicator devices. Some devices signal their speed to the drivers, others don’t. The volunteers record the speed and details of vehicles travelling above the speed thresholds. The registered keepers of vehicles observed exceeding these limits are then sent warning letters by the Police.

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Winter Road Maintenance In Caerphilly

It’s that time of year again, winter is in the air and Caerphilly County Borough Council’s gritters continue to help to keep residents on the move.

The Council has 13 gritters available to use, all of which can be fitted with a snow plough if needed and around 9,000 tonnes of rock salt in stock ready to treat roads during the frosty nights.

All main salt vehicles are fitted with the latest technology in salt distribution, including trackers and salt monitoring systems, which allow the Council to programme the vehicles accurately, depending on the route and weather conditions. This results in a more effective and efficient use of the salt supplies, reducing costs and the environmental impact that the salt has on the County Borough.

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Pupils Say Farewell To Their 'Lollipop Lady'

School Crossing Patrol Officer Carol Evans, has hung up her high-viz jacket and her patrol sign for the final time and has retired after an amazing 35-year career at Pontrhondda Primary School.

Mrs Evans, 65, of Llwynypia, Rhondda, has helped generations of children safely across the road to and from school each day, in all kinds of weather, all year around. Married to Anthony for 47 years, she now plans to enjoy her retirement with her family, which includes her two children and three grandchildren.

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Motorcyclists: Have you got a CRASH Card?

Road Safety Wales is encouraging all motorcyclists to take advantage of a free scheme which could be lifesaving in the event of a collision.

Hopefully you’ll never need to use a CRASH Card, but if the worst happens a medical professional will be able to see the green dot on the right hand corner of your visor/helmet and can look for the card inside the helmet lining.

The details that you write on the card could provide vital information for attending ambulance crews, saving valuable time and helping treatment, especially if you’re unconscious or unable to communicate.

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Speeding HGV Drivers Caught on the A55

Speeding HGV drivers were targeted last weekend as part of North Wales Police's ongoing commitment to safer roads.

Following recent public concern regarding speeding through the current roadworks on the A55 at Tal y Bont near Bangor, officers from the Roads Policing Unit carried out an operation.

A total of 13 drivers in foreign-registered vehicles were stopped and issued with Graduated Fixed Penalty Notices – meaning they had to pay ‘on the spot’ fines.

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Town Centre Pedestrian Safety Work to Begin in New Year

Work will begin in the New Year on work to make crossing the road in a section of Merthyr Tydfil town centre safer for pedestrians.

Following a public consultation last summer, an ‘informal crossing’ at Victoria Street will become a zebra crossing with a much wider raised area for pedestrians.

The project is one of a series of walking and cycling improvement schemes being carried out by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council as part of its Welsh Government-funded Active Travel programme.

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Council Issues Update on Plans to Introduce 20mph Zones in Monmouthshire

Plans for the introduction of pilot 20mph zones across Monmouthshire were raised at Monmouthshire County Council’s full council meeting on Thursday 16th December. The Welsh Government scheme will see 20mph zones introduced in phases, the first of which will include eight communities, two of which are in Monmouthshire.

Councillor Jane Pratt, cabinet member for Infrastructure said: “We appreciate that many towns and villages across the county support the reduction of speed on our roads. The benefits of lowering the urban speed limit from 30mph to 20mph will contribute to a reduction in the frequency and severity of road collisions, more opportunities to walk and cycle in our communities, make our streets safer and help to safeguard the environment for future generations.

“At this time, pilot projects in Abergavenny and Severnside are being prioritised, with consultation for the Traffic Order scheduled to commence on 22nd December and running for 28 days. The consultation period has been extended to account for the Christmas break.  Provided there are no objections raised that cannot be resolved, the 20mph zones will be implemented in February in Abergavenny and Severnside.  We’re grateful for the support received from the Welsh Government and Transport for Wales officers.”

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Potholes Filled To Keep Swansea's Traffic Moving

Thousands of potholes and hundreds of road repairs and upgrades are helping keep city traffic on the move backed by £5.3m of council funding in Swanea.

Since the start of the year 3,500 potholes have been fixed and more than 200,000 sqm of road surfaces on main roads and side streets have been upgraded as part of major improvement works. In the last month alone around 30,000 sqm of skid-resistant road resurfacing has been carried out on more than a dozen roads in the countdown to the winter months.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Enhancement and Infrastructure Management, said, "Despite the pandemic, our highways teams have been very extremely busy throughout 2021 filling in thousands of potholes, 99% of them within 48 hours of being reported.

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