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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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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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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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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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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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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The Return Of Operation Tramline

A week of action along the M4 Motorway has recently been undertaken by South Wales Police, Dyfed Powys Police and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). An unmarked HGV has been used to give officers an elevated position in order to detect a range of motoring offences.

Wayne Tucker, Road Safety Manager at South Wales Police said, “Recently, through Operation Tramline, 63 vehicles were stopped and a total of 98 offences detected. These included 48 seatbelt offences and 14 mobile phone offences.

“In addition, officers dealt with 29 construction and use offences, including illegal tyres and defective lights.

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Operation SNAP Recognised At The Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards

Since 1987 the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards have given recognition to those who have improved road safety internationally.

On the 11th December, the Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership (GoSafe) attended the prestigious gala presentation at The Savoy, London, to be presented with an award by HRH Prince Michael of Kent for their innovative Operation SNAP initiative.

Operation SNAP was devised in response to requests from the public for police to deal with traffic offences detected by media such as dashcam, helmet cameras or personal video. It was the first project of this kind in the UK, utilising processes and resources established by GoSafe.

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Choose Wisely

North Wales Police officers arrested 19 people in the first week of the Winter Anti Drink and Drug Driving Campaign. Of those arrests, 13 were made in relation to drink driving and six for drug driving.

The highest breath test reading of the campaign so far has been 146mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath - the legal limit is 35mg.

Inspector Dave Cust, from North Wales Police' Roads Policing Unit, said, "It is disappointing that a small minority of people are still intent on ignoring our messages, despite our repeated warnings.

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Vale Student Wins Pass Plus Cymru Quarterly Prize Draw

Chloe Cotter, from Penarth, was randomly selected by Road Safety Wales, as the winner of the latest Pass Plus Cymru quarterly prize draw. Chloe will receive £250, after she completed and returned an evaluation questionnaire on Pass Plus Cymru.

Pass Plus Cymru is an enhanced version of the standard Pass Plus course and is supported by the Driving Standards Agency.

It is a short expert-led higher driving course designed to develop techniques, increase awareness and widen experience. It is available to young people aged 17-25 in Wales for just £20 as the remaining cost is covered by the Welsh Government through grant funding to the local authorities.

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