South Wales Police, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and GoSafe launched Operation Close Pass at the 2018 Velothon Wales event. The Close Pass initiative aims to improve the safety of cyclists on the road by educating drivers in overtaking safely.
The Highway Code recommends that road users should give vulnerable road users, such as motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders, the same amount of room as they would when overtaking a car – this is typically 1.5 metres.
Operation Close Pass deploys police officers on bicycles fitted with cameras to record the behaviour of drivers who overtake them. If an offence is detected, the officer contacts colleagues further down the road to direct the vehicle into a checkpoint where the driver will be offered roadside education from fire service colleagues using specially designed equipment to illustrates the safe passing distance.
Don’t Chance It, Change It focuses on the message that it’s safer to change your motorcycle tyre than repair it, a sentiment supported by John McGuinness, Isle of Man TT legend. “There’s absolutely no chance that I would repair a tyre. To be honest, it wouldn’t even enter my head. I didn’t even know that you can repair a bike tyre,” he said in a video made especially for TyreSafe’s campaign.
TyreSafe’s latest video features an interview with John McGuinness who talks honestly and openly about his view of tyre safety for motorbikes. The campaign message Don’t chance it, change it focuses on the concerns around motorcyclists assuming that bike tyres are like car tyres and can be repaired without a second thought.
The Nicky Grist Stages, taking place on Saturday 14 July, is proud to continue its association with GoSafe – The Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership, which is encouraging rally fans to help make the roads of Wales safer by getting involved in Operation SNAP. The Nicky Grist Stages, GoSafe Partnership and Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service came together for a special event, along with Osian Pryce and Nicky Grist, at the GoSafe headquarters this week.
The initiative is a response to increasing submissions of video and photographic evidence relating to driving offences that members of the public have witnessed. Until recently, these reports have been submitted to the police in all sorts of ways and so a streamlined on-line process has now been developed through www.gosafe.org to deal with them – dramatically reducing valuable police time by making it easier to collect and assess evidence.
The rally event is also proud to help raise awareness of the Fatal 5, an all-Wales initiative which focusses on the five main causes of road traffic collisions and injuries in Wales – speed, driving while impaired through alcohol and/or drugs, use of mobile phones, the non-use seatbelts and careless driving.
More than 3,000 people attended the second edition of a road safety event in Wales, which has been described by the organisers as a ‘roaring success’.
Organised by the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (FRS), Cruz Cymru took place on 9 June and provided the opportunity for road users, emergency services and road safety partners to meet in one place at the same time.
The event was supported by GoSafe, Road Safety Wales Partners and Dyfed Powys Police and focused on the ‘biggest factors that cause accidents’ on roads in Wales, collectively known as the ‘FATAL 5’ – speeding, alcohol/drugs, mobile phones, seat belts and careless driving.
A major operation has seen a number of dangerous vehicles and loads stopped on a Mid Wales road.
The Dyfed-Powys Police specialist roads policing unit, based in Newtown, teamed up with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and HM Customs to carry out random checks throughout Monday on the Welshpool bypass.
A number of vehicles were stopped for breaking the law in various ways, and officers have issued a warning to other road users in the area.
The Road Safety Wales Awards recognises individuals, groups and organisations that have made a real commitment to road safety, above and beyond what would normally be expected of them.
The winners this year included a Sustrans volunteer, an enforcement team, and the organisers of active travel and motorcycle events in Wales. The recipients were invited to attend the Road Safety Wales Conference in Llandrindod Wells where they were presented with their awards by Teresa Ciano, Chair of Road Safety Wales.
Speaking at the event, Teresa said: "The Road Safety Wales Awards recognise the good road safety practice, innovative projects and personal contributions being undertaken in Wales.
Road safety professionals from across Wales met at the Road Safety Wales Conference at the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells on 19th June. This annual event, which is free to member organisations, explores key road safety topics, advances in technology, and provides a valuable networking opportunity.
Speakers for the morning session were:
Lyn Morris of Carmarthenshire Road Safety - Horsin’ Around on the Road
Alan Hiscox from British Horse Society – Safer Drivers, Safer Riders, Safer Horses
Russell Whitehouse, First Car – Introducing the First Car Academy
Neil Davies of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service - UKRO 2018, Cardiff
Anne-Marie Penny, Highways England – Work Related Road Safety, The Captive Audience
The afternoon sessions highlighted the varied enforcement work being carried out across Wales with:
Welsh Police forces have launched a month long campaign to reduce the number of drivers putting themselves and others at risk by driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
Led by South Wales Police, the campaign will see increased resources on the roads across Wales.
In the last 50 years, road casualties caused by drink driving have fallen dramatically- this is due to change in attitude regarding drink driving and also the improvements in technology and processes by the Police. However according to the Department for Transport there has been a six-fold increase in the number of people caught drug-driving across the UK.
Free Drive for Life courses are being run by Pembrokeshire County Council's road safety section. The one-day refresher course is for experienced motorists, over 65, who are driving regularly. It aims to give them an overall update on all aspects of safe driving, both in theory and in practice.
Mr Sam Hassan, 78, from Milford Haven, recently undertook the course with his wife Janet. He said all drivers aged over 65 should consider doing it.
"It was very beneficial," said Mr Hassan, a former electrical engineer at Total. "I've been advising people my age that if they have the chance, they should go and do it! And it was a nice day as well, very enjoyable."