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11/02/2021

Results of Christmas Anti-Drink/Drug Drive Campaign Revealed

Despite coronavirus restrictions and a national lockdown in December, Welsh police forces breathalysed almost 5,000 motorists.

Of the 4,906 breath tests administered, 181 (3.7%) motorists failed, or failed to provide a specimen, and will lose their licences.

Officers also carried out 469 DrugWipe tests, with 274 (58.4%) failing, leading to 377 arrests.

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09/02/2021

Big Funding Boost For Healthy Travel

The Welsh Government has unveiled a £55 million funding package for councils to encourage people to take up healthier travel for short local journeys. The record funding boost represents an eleven-fold increase in the dedicated budget for investment in Active Travel in the last five years.

Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, said, “We want to make it easier for people to make everyday journeys in ways that benefit their health and the environment.”

The 2021 to 2022 budget has allocated more than £55 million to be spent on active travel, an increase of £20 million from last year - up from £5 million in 2016 at the start of this Welsh Government term.

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08/02/2021

129 Arrests Made Across North Wales During The Christmas Anti Drink And Drug Drive Campaign

The month-long campaign, which took place throughout December, ran in conjunction with a UK-wide operation led by the National Police Chief’s Council. In north Wales a total of 129 motorists were arrested, with 47 people failing breath tests and 82 people providing positive drugs tests.

Chief Inspector Jon Aspinall of the Force’s Operational Support Services said, “Despite fewer people being caught drink or drug driving over the 2020 Christmas period, we must acknowledge that the coronavirus pandemic is likely to be a significant factor.

“With more people working from home, roads being quieter and no big party nights, less people were taking unnecessary risks.

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04/02/2021

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service: Winter Driving

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service is calling on all residents to take extra care when driving this winter, with 138 Road Traffic Collisions having already been recorded across the Service area.

Road Safety Manager, Station Manager Spencer Lewis, said, “With the numbers of RTC recorded this winter so far, it's imperative that we take more care on the roads to help reduce this number. Driving during poor wintry conditions requires a different approach and by making some simple changes to driving habits, drivers can reduce their chances of being involved in a collision. 

He added, “At this time of year, driving conditions can be treacherous. I urge motorists to be prepared to drive with care and adjust their driving to suit the conditions.”

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01/02/2021

10-year Tyre Ban Now in Force

From today (1 February), tyres aged over 10 years are banned on the front steered axles of lorries, buses and coaches along with all single wheels of minibuses (9-16 passengers seats).

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is enforcing the new legislation at roadside checks along with vehicle annual tests.

Updated sanctions policy

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28/01/2021

Touchless Technology to be Trialled at Six Pedestrian Crossings

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council will begin to install touchless technology at six busy pedestrian crossings, in a trial funded by the Welsh Government as part of its support for sustainable transport measures in response to COVID-19.

The new setup will allow pedestrians to activate each of the signal controlled crossings by moving their hand under a sensor, instead of pushing a button. This detection technology is more reliable and efficient than the current button activation, and will help reduce the spread of coronavirus during the pandemic.

The technology will be trialled over four weeks, with installations beginning in the week commencing Monday, January 25. Stickers and signage will be placed at each crossing to inform pedestrians. These will be in place before the technology comes into use. If no issues arise during the trial, the technology could be implemented at all signal-controlled crossings in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The following six locations will be used for the initial trial exercise:

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25/01/2021

Improving Pedestrian Safety In Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is installing permanent bollards in the town centre to combat the increasing problem of vehicles using pedestrianised sections and causing a danger to shoppers.

There will be 31 bollards installed in Market Square and Upper High Street over the next month to restrict access to goods delivery vehicles only, and at certain times of the day and week.

Councillor Geraint Thomas, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Public Protection said, “Our Regeneration team have been working on developing a scheme to prevent the daily and prohibited vehicle movement on our pedestrianised High Street.

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22/01/2021

Welsh Government Grant to Boost Cycling in Swansea

A Swansea street is being saved from losing its tree-lined character thanks to a multi-million pound investment to boost cycling in the city.

Swansea Council received more than £5.1 million in the summer last year to develop new Active Travel cycle routes in the city.

In total, nine kilometres of new cycle track are proposed across the city. One of the routes is along Mayals Road - a tree lined street and a main route between the seafront and the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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20/01/2021

More Than 100 People Arrested

Gwent Police arrested 109 people on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs as part of the force’s Christmas road safety campaign.

Officers from Gwent Police joined forces across Wales, and the wider UK, in conducting intelligence-led vehicle checks on roads within the force area between Tuesday 1 December and Thursday 31 December.

During the campaign period, more than half of the motorists arrested for drug-related driving offences were aged under 30, while a majority of older motorists – aged over 30 – were arrested for drink driving.

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18/01/2021

Online Courses from Carmarthenshire Road Safety Team

Carmarthenshire County Council road safety team has a number of online courses planned over the next few months and they are encouraging people to take part.

For more information on any of the courses below, please call 01267 228285 or email roadsafety@carmarthenshire.gov.uk.

Biker Down! Cymru

Biker Down! Cymru aims to reduce the number of motorcyclists killed and seriously injured in road collisions and is delivered by operational firefighters from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

The course focuses on what you should do if you are first on the scene to a motorcycle collision. You do not need to be a biker to book a place.

  • 25th January
  • 15th February
  • 15th March

Courses are available to residents and road users of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys. They take place online via Microsoft Teams and start at 6:30pm, finishing around 8:30pm.

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