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22/11/2019

Caerphilly Begins Winter Preparations

Caerphilly County Borough Council has begun its winter preparations, with a fleet of new vehicles ready to grit over 250 miles of primary routes.

The council has added 8 new vehicles to its fleet for the coming winter, featuring the latest health and safety design features along with up to date fuel efficient engines. These new vehicles will see the council invest an additional £1.4million into its winter maintenance service over the next four year period. This investment includes new digital mapping and route navigation technology to increase the efficiency of the council’s winter maintenance service.

With this new technology, routes are uploaded into the vehicle and the in-cab route navigation system guides the driver around the route, enabling drivers to follow any route with no prior knowledge.  Pre-determined levels of salt are deposited and spread as it progresses around the route, thanks to its automated salting technology.

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20/11/2019

Key Safety Messages Delivered In Crucial Crew Pembrokeshire

Taking part in a mock school bus evacuation, crawling through a smoke-filled house and learning lifesaving first aid Year 6 children have been experiencing all this and more in Crucial Crew.

The event includes a range of workshops run by the emergency services and other organisations, all designed to boost safety awareness among 10 and 11 year olds in Pembrokeshire.

More than 1,400 children from 42 local primary schools participated in the event, which took place over two weeks at Withybush Showground.

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19/11/2019

Help To Teach School Children In Torfaen How To Cross Roads Safely

Kerbcraft is a road safety scheme which teaches children how to be safer pedestrians. Funding within Torfaen is provided by the Welsh Government and Torfaen County Borough Council, and the council is currently asking drivers to assist with the training.

During the 10-12 week course, road safety officers and volunteers take primary school children out to real roads and show them how the right decision-making and behaviour can really help them to keep safe. The children learn skills including how to choose safe places and routes to cross the road, crossing safely near parked cars and crossing safely near junctions.

Lesley Rosser, Child Pedestrian Training Co-ordinator for Torfaen, said, “We train more than 1,000 children per year across the borough, and in late September we started training 17 primary schools.

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18/11/2019

Penarth To Have The First Public eBike Share Scheme in Wales

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has set aside funding to pilot the first fully electric bike share scheme in Wales.

Following the success of the nextbike cycle hire scheme in Cardiff, which has recorded more than 548,000 rentals since its launch in 2018, the Vale of Glamorgan Council has received requests for a similar system.

In response to these requests, as well as in recognition of the potential benefits to the community and environment, nextbike, the UK’s leading bike share scheme provider, will implement the project.

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18/11/2019

Activities planned as part of Road Safety Week

A programme of activities is taking place across Carmarthenshire during Road Safety Week, coordinated by Brake the road safety charity.

The aim of the week – which is being held between November 18 and 24 - is to raise awareness of road safety issues, and in particular what we can all do to make our roads safer and reduce the number of accidents.

The council’s road safety team has organised various events from walk to school initiatives, Kerbcraft - child pedestrian training, and training on what to do if you are first on the scene to a motorcycle collision.

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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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