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10/12/2019

Neyland Engagement Event for Car Enthusiasts

Police and partners are holding an event at Brunel Quay, as part of a wider plan to tackle anti-social driving concerns in Neyland. It is hoped the engagement will break down barriers between drivers, residents and police.

Sergeant Justin Williams of Pembrokeshire Roads Policing Unit, said, “The number of complaints about anti-social driving has risen recently and we are trying to look at the issue differently. We know not all car enthusiasts and car cruisers are ‘boy/girl racers’ and we don't want to stop such enthusiasts from enjoying their vehicles, as long as this is done safely and in a considerate way.

“This is aimed at being a friendly event where car enthusiasts can engage with the police and other agencies, with a view to gaining a better understanding of local community concerns. I hope that by having conversations about the effect of anti-social driving, it will help curb the problem."

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09/12/2019

Campaign To Promote Safer Parking Around Denbighshire Schools

A clampdown on anti-social parking outside schools has taken place in Denbighshire, with Council officers carrying out spot checks at schools and speaking to a number of motorists about road safety.

Police Community Support Officers and Civil Enforcement Officers also attended 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, “I’d like to thank all the pupils, teachers and parents who engaged with Road Safety Week in Denbighshire. The campaign to raise awareness was a success and helped spread the message that anti-social driving and parking around the county’s schools puts children’s lives in danger.

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06/12/2019

The Legacy Project – Thanking the Wales Air Ambulance

GoSafe’s Legacy Project gives a voice to people who have been affected by serious or fatal collisions on the roads of Wales. The project aims to share their experiences and stories to positively influence the behaviour and attitude of road users.

As part of the launch event held in September, GoSafe hosted a charity auction in aid of the Wales Air Ambulance, whose dedication, professionalism and swift response plays a major role in saving countless lives. Wales Air Ambulance is run solely on donations and receives no state aid. A total of £1,145 was raised during the evening, and today members of the GoSafe team presented a cheque at the charity’s base in Llanelli.

Five families from across Wales have shared their powerful stories with GoSafe as part of the 2019 Legacy Project.

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04/12/2019

A Busy Road Safety Week In Rhondda Cynon Taf

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council provided road safety training across the county during Brake’s recent Road Safety Week – including 14 sessions in local schools and a ‘Drive Safer for Longer’ course with residents aged 60 and over.

The Council’s dedicated Road Safety Team organised an itinerary of events within the local community, including ‘Kerbcraft’ sessions, which were held in 12 schools – Aberdare Town Church in Wales Primary, Caegarw Primary, Cilfynydd Primary, Cwmdâr Primary, Llwyncrwn Primary, Llwynypia Primary, Tonysguboriau Primary, Trerobart Primary, YGG Bodringallt, YGG Dolau, YGG Llwyncelyn and YGG Tonyrefail.

The ‘Kerbcraft’ initiative, which is funded by the Welsh Government, teaches pupils in Year 2 essential skills to stay safe as pedestrians. Part of the training took place in local communities, where the children’s learning and training on the Green Cross Code was put into practice.

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03/12/2019

DVLA Code Challenge 2019

In recent years, Road Safety Wales has been delighted to partner with the DVLA for the Wales National Coding Challenge for 7-11 year olds and 11-14 year olds.

The challenge calls for pupils to develop their problem solving, communication and teamwork skills as well as improving their knowledge of computer programming in a fun and innovative way, while having the chance to win excellent IT equipment prizes for their schools or groups.

Today sees the culmination of the pupil’s hard work with an event at the Richard Ley Development Centre in Swansea, hosted by news presenter Sian Lloyd.

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28/11/2019

#SurroundTheTown - Cwmbran

Following the success of the Newport enforcement day, 'Surround The Town' returns today in Cwmbran. Gwent Police will again be working with GoSafe, Torfaen County Borough Council and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, to address poor driving and local crime priorities and to highlight local services.

'Surround the Town' will involve multiple teams across the town to help ensure that those living in, working or visiting Cwmbran can do so in a safe environment. The operation will target motoring offences and raise awareness of collision risk factors. Parking enforcement, tackling anti-social behaviour, drug offences and organised crime groups will also be a part of the enforcement initiative.

The key road safety activities are:

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25/11/2019

Gwynedd Council Introduces Electric Vehicles To Its Fleet

As part of its commitment to tackling climate change, Gwynedd Council has launched its intention to introduce electric vehicles to its fleet over the coming years.

The council has underlined its commitment to adding more green vehicles and to reduce the use of petrol and diesel vehicles from its fleet in the years ahead.

Over the past decade, the council has reduced its carbon emissions by almost 40%, and this latest commitment to introducing electric vehicles to the authority’s fleet is the latest in Gwynedd’s efforts to improve on this figure.

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25/11/2019

Sixty Six Active Travel Projects To Benefit From £14.5 Million Of Funding

Lee Waters, Deputy Economy and Transport Minister, has announced how £14.5 million of active travel investment will be spent across Wales.

Active travel involves making journeys by physically active means. The funding will improve and create active travel routes and facilities in Wales, as part of efforts to encourage more people to walk and cycle.

The Deputy Minister had previously called on local authorities to be radical and ambitious in their work to improve active travel. He called for proposals to go further in creating infrastructure enabling people to choose walking and cycling as the most natural way to undertake shorter journeys.

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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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