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25/01/2019

Workshops For Mature Drivers In Powys

Mature drivers in north Powys are being given the opportunity to brush up on their road knowledge thanks to an informal workshop organised by the county council.

Powys County Council's Road Safety Unit will be holding its Driver Theory Refresher workshop in Welshpool on Tuesday, 5 February at 1.30pm for two hours.

Aimed at drivers in the county aged 65 years and over, the two-hour classroom-based informal workshop will provide attendees a refresh of the Highway Code and driver licence requirements. It will also cover topics including night-time driving, medicine and alcohol laws and personal safety behind the wheel. Attendees will also be provided with details of a practical one-hour driving assessment if wanted.

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22/01/2019

More Cycling Routes In Development In Swansea

Swansea Council has started a number of schemes in the city to create more cycle routes and encourage families to ditch the car and cycle to work, school or just for fun.

The improvement works follow a successful bid to the Welsh Government for more than £2 million of Active Travel Funding which was allocated to Swansea in the summer of 2018.

A widening scheme of the popular promenade cycle track near Sketty Lane is almost complete and further schemes included in the programme have started.

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17/01/2019

37 Years Of Service To The Community

Popular School Crossing Patrol Officer Sandrea Howells of Stop and Call in Goodwick has hung up her hi-vis jacket after nearly four decades of helping children to cross the road in Fishguard.

Since 1981, Mrs Howells has helped several hundred schoolchildren to cross Vergam Terrace outside Holy Name Catholic Primary School.

The dedicated School Crossing Patrol Officer was presented with gifts and cards by pupils and staff at a special assembly last week, and thanked by Headteacher Abigail Davies for her hard work over many years, “Sandrea has kept generations of children safe, and the pupils and staff alike will miss her very much.”

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15/01/2019

Winter Driving Advice From Gwent Police

As the cold weather creeps in this January, Gwent Police has issued advice so that drivers are prepared for varying conditions:

Make sure you adapt your driving for different situations; in the wet, fog and ice keep well back from the car in front and always drive more slowly in the dark.

  • Take extra care in bad weather – stopping distances double in wet weather and are ten times longer in ice and snow
  • In snow or particularly poor weather conditions, avoid driving altogether if you can
  • Plan your route before you set off and check the latest weather forecast
  • Watch out for other road users; pedestrians, cyclists motorcyclists and horse riders may be harder to see in poor weather
  • Try not to brake, accelerate or manoeuvre quickly to keep control of your vehicle
  • If you skid, ease off the accelerator but don’t brake suddenly

Maintain your vehicle: During the winter months especially it is always advised to make sure your wipers and lights are in good working order and your battery fully charged.

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11/01/2019

Motorists Urged To Park Smart In Caerphilly

Caerphilly County Borough Council is set to take over civil parking enforcement duties from Gwent Police in April 2019.

The transfer of powers will allow the council to provide a co-ordinated and consistent approach to enforcement of traffi­c regulations and will help improve road safety, tra­ffic flow and reduce obstructions.

From April, civil enforcement o­fficers will undertake enforcement duties in towns and villages across the Caerphilly County Borough and if a vehicle is found to be parked unlawfully may issue a Penalty Charge Notice.

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11/01/2019

RoSPA Road Safety Conference 2019

Policies and practical initiatives to protect Britain’s most vulnerable road users will be the theme for RoSPA’s annual Road Safety Conference, held on Wednesday, 13 February.

Despite Britain having some of the safest roads in the world, every year, thousands of road users are killed or injured whilst going about their daily lives. This conference looks at emerging issues, national strategies and practical initiatives aimed at individuals and local communities.

The conference is aimed at all road safety practitioners, researchers, policy makers and stakeholders, and will involve a number of interesting talks covering a range of topics, and networking opportunities throughout the day.

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08/01/2019

Road Safety Operation in Denbigh

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit and Special Constabulary stopped and spoke to several motorists in Denbigh last weekend as part of ongoing efforts to reduce the number of casualties in the area.

In the operation, officers carried out vehicle and driver checks in and around the Denbigh area. Several TORs (Traffic Offence Reports) were given for defective lights, exhausts and tyres. Motorists were also given tickets for having illegal number plates and several breath tests and roadside drug tests were administered.

PC John Hewitt of the Roads Policing Department said, “We hope that the weekend’s operation will send a message to other motorists in the area and beyond. It was disappointing to find so many issues in the vehicles we checked, but this is why we carry out operations like this, to identify issues, make sure they are resolved, and remind drivers of their responsibilities.

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02/01/2019

Experience Makes Teenager’s Wish Come True

Carmarthenshire County Council’s highways team has made a Carmarthen teenager’s wish come true, giving her a chance to ride in one of its gritting lorries.

Fifteen-year-old Ashleigh Harrison, of Johnstown, loves to see the gritting crews pass her front room window when they are dispatched from the nearby depot to treat county highways ahead of freezing weather conditions.

Ashleigh, a pupil of QE High School’s Canolfan Elfed inclusion centre for children with additional needs, keeps an eye on weather forecasts and waits to see the crews pass by with their flashing orange lights.

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20/12/2018

Kerbcraft Volunteer Shares His Experiences

Don Leahy, a long-standing volunteer with the Kerbcraft scheme in Monmouthshire recently explained why he’s committed to helping children to stay safe as pedestrians.

“About 10 years ago, that’s when I began my ‘career’ as a Kerbcraft volunteer. Working with children who are 6 or 7 years old has proven to be the single most satisfying experience of my long working life.

“These children are, in the main, incredibly keen to learn. Watching them change from nervous, insecure pedestrians into confident, safety-conscious youngsters is a joy to behold and the pleasure I get, when they tell me how to cross the road safely, is truly immense. This is the ultimate test for me and shows that all of the time spent with them has been completely worthwhile.

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18/12/2018

Road Safety Lesson For Ruthin Pupils

Safety conscious pupils at Rhos Street School in Ruthin have been learning about speed reduction by getting to grips with some of the technology used to enforce speed limits.

Pupils from the school have been chosen as designated Road Safety Officers, as part of the national Kerbcraft initiative, a child pestestrian safety project targeting five to seven year olds in schools. In Kerbcraft the children are taken out of school by Co-ordinator Rebecca Musgrave and trained volunteer parents, in groups of no more than three, to learn three main skills: choosing safe places and routes to cross the road; crossing safely at parked cars and crossing safely near junctions.

In their latest road safety lesson, they were introduced to PCSO David Jones from North Wales Police who talked about the dangers of speed and demonstrated some of the technology used on the roadside to monitor the speed of vehicles. They were taken to a location near the Glasdir Estate, Ruthin, where they were able to have a go at using the equipment and recording the speeds.

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