Dyfed-Powys Police To Launch All Wales Fatal 5 Campaign

On Tuesday 19 January 2021, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys, Dafydd Llywelyn, will hold a virtual community engagement day, specifically focusing on road safety and the launch of an All Wales Fatal 5 campaign.

Dyfed-Powys Police will lead on the campaign, which focuses on five significant factors in fatal and serious injury collisions: drink/drug driving; speed; not wearing a seatbelt; using a mobile phone; and careless driving.

The campaign will be launched by Dafydd Llywelyn, during his first Commissioner in Conversation live Facebook broadcast of the year. He will be joined by ACC Mark Travis from South Wales Police - Strategic Lead for Roads Policing in Wales, and Teresa Ciano - GoSafe Partnership Manager.

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Essential Journeys Only!

Road Safety Wales is asking everyone in Wales to consider if the journeys they are making are absolutely essential.

Along with other key workers, our emergency services and NHS colleagues have worked tirelessly over the past year doing everything possible to keep us safe – putting themselves in danger, sometimes with the worst outcome imaginable for them and their families.  If you are starting to feel really fed up and worn out due to the pandemic, please spare a thought for how these people must be feeling.

If just one person decides to make a non-essential journey and is unfortunate to be involved in a collision, the added pressure this puts on our emergency responders and hospitals can be huge.

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Have Your Say On Active Travel In Rhondda Cynon Taf

Residents can now have their say on the current walking and cycling routes in Rhondda Cynon Taf, as well as their aspirations for future improvements, by taking part in the Council’s latest Active Travel consultation.

In October 2020, Cabinet agreed for the Council to undertake a further extensive public engagement exercise into its future Active Travel plans – as Members acknowledged the economic, health and environmental benefits of residents walking and cycling more often, as part of their daily routines.

The consultation will help the Council update its Integrated Network Map, which sets out the aspirations for investment in Active Travel over the next 15 years – for submission to Welsh Government during December 2021.

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Active Travel Improvements For Newtown

Works to extend the shared path on Llanidloes Road in Newtown to the college and theatre are due to begin shortly.

Funded by the Welsh Government, the improvements will complete the main Active Travel routes within the town, previously identified in consultations with residents, businesses and local communities. These Active Travel routes in Newtown will provide a safer network of routes for all users.

As part of the planned improvements, the path under Nantoer Bridge will be widened, significantly reducing the safely risk for pedestrians and cyclists, particularly young people travelling to and from the college.

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Road Safety Wales Awards

The Road Safety Wales Awards recognise individuals, groups and organisations that have made a real commitment to road safety, above and beyond what would normally be expected of them.

We would traditionally invite our winners to the annual Road Safety Wales Conference to collect their award but unfortunately we have been unable to host an event this year.

Chair of Road Safety Wales, Teresa Ciano said, "Despite a difficult year for everyone, Road Safety Wales is delighted to be able to recognise so many deserving people who have made a significant difference to the lives of those in their community.

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Drug Driving: The Law

While most people wouldn't even consider using drugs, let alone drive or ride a vehicle afterwards, unfortunately a small minority of people choose to put themselves and others at risk. 

Many people are already aware that it is an offence to drive with certain drugs above a specified level in your blood - just as it is with drink driving.

It’s illegal to drive if either:

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Active Travel (Walking and Cycling): April 2019 to March 2020

Information collected through the National Survey for Wales about active travel by people during April 2019 to March 2020 has been published by the Welsh Government.

Active travel is measured as walking for at least 10 minutes or cycling as a means of transport to get to a particular destination. It doesn’t include walking or cycling done for pleasure, health reasons or training.

The active travel questions in the most recent National Survey for Wales were asked of adults aged 16+ and over.

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St Albans Bridge, Blaenrhondda Reopens

The new St Albans Bridge in Blaenrhondda reopened to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians on Friday afternoon, following good progress made on its replacement scheme throughout the autumn months.

The bridge reopened on the 11 December, after a road safety audit was completed. The final stages of the scheme have seen the installation of street lighting, drainage and paving to the bridge deck – before the final resurfacing and white lining to the road was completed.

St Albans Bridge was built over the River Rhondda and railway line in the 1930s. In 2016, the Council’s Cabinet agreed to support its replacement and £1.78m funding was allocated towards the scheme in 2017/18 through #RCTinvest – with further funding allocated as the project progressed. The total cost of the scheme is £2.09m.

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Road Safety Improvements Planned for Newtown

Works to extend the path on Llanidloes Road in Newtown to the college and theatre are due to begin in the New Year.

Funded by the Welsh Government, these improvements will complete the main Active Travel routes within the town, previously identified in consultations with residents, businesses and local communities.

These Active Travel routes in Newtown will provide a safe network of routes for all users, including vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

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HSE’s Driving for Work Survey

Driving for work contributes to far more work-related accidental deaths and serious injuries than all other work activities.

The Health and Safety Executive’s essential guidance on Driving for Work is currently under review, to reflect the significant number of developments in technology and practices that have occurred in recent years.

The HSE survey seeks opinion on how the guidance can be improved and updated and aims to gather experiences and opinion from a broad range of respondents, whether they drive for work themselves, employ people who do, or have a role in the sector. The results will help shape updates to the HSE guidance to encourage greater compliance.

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