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24/08/2018

Stay Alive, Get To Know The Fatal 5

Road Safety Wales is reminding road users of the Fatal 5, the five main causes of road traffic collisions and injuries in Wales. Most people abide by the rules of the road but unfortunately a small minority choose to put themselves, their families and innocent road users at risk.

The bilingual Fatal 5 leaflet produced by Road Safety Wales covers the following:

Don’t Drink/Drug Drive - Don’t risk being one of the 100,000 drink or drug drivers caught each year, or you could face a minimum 12 month ban, a large fine, a criminal record or even imprisonment. Prescribed medication can still affect your ability to drive and therefore make you liable for prosecution so please check with your doctor or pharmacist.

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21/08/2018

Off to Nepal Thanks to Pass Plus Cymru

Congratulations go out to Susin Shakya from Swansea who is the winner of the recent Pass Plus Cymru quarterly prize draw. Susin received his prize of £250 from Amanda Howarth, Road Safety Officer at the Guildhall Swansea.

Susin commented that he thoroughly enjoyed the course which has given him confidence to travel on the M4 to Heathrow Airport on several occasions since completing his practical training.

“The prize will go towards a trip I’m planning to Nepal at the end of the year, thanks very much.”

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20/08/2018

Campaign Results from North Wales Police

The All Wales Anti-Drink and Drug Drive Summer Campaign, which coincided with the month-long World Cup, resulted in 174 arrests in the North Wales Police force area. During the campaign period 109 drivers were arrested for drink driving with a further 65 arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.

Temporary Superintendent Paul Joyce of the Roads Policing Unit said: “Despite warnings, in just over four weeks, 174 motorists have been arrested in north Wales following a roadside breath or drugs test.

“Using the latest technology we are better equipped than ever to detect those who are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you take that risk, it’s only a matter of time before you’re caught and put before the courts.

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14/08/2018

Drink Related Deaths in Great Britain 2016

Estimated figures, published by the Department for Transport on 9 August, show that there were 230 drink-drive related deaths in Great Britain during 2016, a year-on-year rise of 15%.

The DfT does not believe that the estimate, which is higher than the 2015 figure, is statistically significant, and is lower than the DfT’s initial estimate of 240 drink-drive related deaths in 2016.

The figures also show that:

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13/08/2018

Hoggin the Bridge 2018

Hoggin’ the Bridge will take place this year on the weekend of 29 and 30 September, and will be looking to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

The event is run by Caldicot Town Team, a not-for-profit community interest company run entirely by volunteers, with all proceeds from Hoggin’ the Bridge going to local and national charities.  Organisers are expecting more than 10,000 visitors with the event beginning on Saturday 29 September with live music from local bands, Rusty Shackle and The Bug Club.  Camping at the David Broome Event Centre in Caldicot will also be available. 

The main ride on 30 September leaves Aust services at 11.00 am, and ends at the David Broome Event Centre.

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09/08/2018

We're All Going on a Summer Holiday

This Friday and Saturday are again expected to be busy days on the roads of the UK, with people travelling to airports, ferry ports and to holiday destinations in the UK and Europe.  A single breakdown could cause further disruption to your journey, so it pays to be prepared before you set off.

A few simple checks around your car, motorhome, trailer or caravan can save you from spending time on the hard shoulder or waiting for a recovery service to arrive.

  • Check oil and coolant levels following the instructions in the handbook.
  • Check the condition of the tyres, (including the spare, if you have one) for correct pressures and legal tread depth.  Check also that the tyre walls are undamaged, with no bulges or cracking.
  • Make sure the jack and wheel brace are in correct working order. If locking wheel nuts are fitted, ensure the locking key is stored safely in the vehicle.
  • Check all the exterior lights are working correctly, including on a caravan or trailer.
  • Never overload your vehicle, trailer or caravan beyond their designed carrying capacity.
  • Check all wiper blades for wear or splitting, check the windscreen washer fluid level and check that the washer jets are adjusted correctly

 Finally, leave plenty of time for your journey, especially if you need to catch a flight or a ferry.  Take plenty of breaks, stay hydrated and have a great trouble free holiday.

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09/08/2018

Road Safety in Monmouthshire

Monmouthshire's Road Safety Team has produced a Newsletter outlining the work that has been going on throughout the County during the Summer Term.

The Newsletter is sent out to all primary schools, but if you haven't had an opportunity to see a copy you can download one below.  For further information on any of the programmes and training opportunities for teachers, volunteers and children please contact Roadsafety@monmouthshire.gov.uk.  You can also keep up to date with the programme for schoolsl by folloiwng their Twitter account Mon Road Safety (@Mon_roadsafety).

Summer Newsletter (English)

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06/08/2018

Wales by Bike Highlights Motorcycling in Powys

Geoff from Powys County Council’s Road Safety Unit has been talking to Wales by Bike, the website for bikers written by bikers. 

Highlighting some of the opportunities for residents in the Powys area, Geoff said:

“In conjunction with Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service we run Biker Down! Cymru workshops throughout the county, a free three-hour course covering:

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26/07/2018

Check Your Tyres Before Push Comes to Shove

TyreSafe, the UK's charity dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of tyre safety has launch its Summer campaign.  TyreSafe is reminding all motorists whether they're a day tripper or holiday-maker, that they should be aware that more tyre-related incidents happen on Britain’s roads during the summer months than at any other time of year. To keep risks to a minimum, everyone should ensure they have checked their vehicle's tyres before starting their jouney.

TyreSafe says, "You’re likely to be carrying more luggage and more passengers, and travelling further too. This makes it essential your car tyres are in tip-top condition.

Remember, never change a tyre yourself on the hard shoulder of a motorway or dual carriageway.  Call for assistance using the emergency phone provided on the hard shoulder or your breakdown recovery service and then stand in as safe a place as possible."

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23/07/2018

DVLA Asking UK Drivers to Retake Eye Test

UK drivers are being urged to test their eyesight after a DVLA survey suggested 50% of motorists were not aware of the minimum standards needed for a licence.

Drivers must be able to read a number plate from 20m (65ft) away.

But the agency's survey found only half of drivers knew about the eye test and used it to regularly self-check, as they are legally required to do.  Those who do not pass the test should visit an optician, a DVLA doctor said.

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