Crucial Crew Goes Online

An annual event designed to give vital safety messages to primary school children in Pembrokeshire has moved online this year, due to Covid-19.

Crucial Crew is normally held at Withybush Showground and involves some 1,300 children attending workshops held by the Police, Fire and Rescue Service, and many other agencies.

However, this year, it will be delivered through a series of pre-recorded videos distributed to all Pembrokeshire’s primary schools via HWB.

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Stay Safe This Christmas

There is no escaping the fact that 2020 has been tough – with local and national lockdowns and restrictions on travel – for everyone. While Christmas may feel different this year, but the rules of the road remain the same.

Gwent Police is reminding motorists to stay safe by continuing to follow the rules of the road – which will remain the same – this Christmas.

Although the roads may be quieter than normal, it is expected that major and minor routes will be busier between Wednesday 23 December and Sunday 27 December as people travel around Wales and the wider UK to visit their families for Christmas.

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Christmas Anti-drink And Drug Driving Campaign Launches

Police forces from across Wales will once again be carrying out the Christmas drink and drug drive campaign throughout December to target those who put the lives of others at risk by getting behind the wheel while under the influence.

During last year’s campaign 10% of all vehicles stopped had a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Dyfed-Powys Police Superintendent Clark Jones-John said this figure was simply not acceptable. He added, “This year has been particularly difficult and we understand people may want to enjoy themselves but we are reminding them that getting behind the wheel while under the influence can have dire consequences.

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School Crossing Patrol Officers Receive 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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Getting about Actively, Safely and Legally this Christmas

This year, some Christmas lists may include an e-scooter, which have become an increasingly common sight as people look for an alternative to public transport or a way to cut down on car use.

Road Safety Wales would like to inform anyone considering purchasing an e-scooter, that it is illegal to use a privately owned e-scooter on public roads, pavements or cycle paths.  Please don't risk being issued with a £300 fine, 6 penalty points on your driving licence or having your new Christmas gift seized.

Additionally, for a driver who has passed their driving test in the last two years it could mean a driving disqualification and the need to re-take both the theory and practical driving test.

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A 24/7 Air Ambulance for Wales

Thanks to the donations from the people of Wales, the Wales Air Ambulance has achieved its ambition to become a 24/7 service.

From this month, the charity, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2021, will start operating an overnight helicopter. The cost of running a 24/7 operation is £8 million, meaning Wales Air Ambulance must raise an additional £1.5 million per annum.

The helicopter operation is supported by the people of Wales through charitable donations, with the medical capability on board delivered thanks to a unique third sector-public sector partnership between the charity, the Welsh Government and NHS Wales.

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Keeping You Moving Night And Day

With the colder mornings and nights now upon us, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is doing all it can to keep the main roads open and residents moving while on their essential journeys.

This is an unprecedented year, first dealing with the severe floods, followed by the Covid-19 pandemic, which continues to affect all of our lives.

Throughout all of this, Council staff have continued with kerbside collections, street cleansing and highways maintenance and praise and comments have been received from residents of Rhondda Cynon Taf, who appreciate all the work being carried out by dedicated Streetcare teams.

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New Draft Transport Strategy From The Welsh Government

The Welsh Government today published its new draft Transport Strategy pledging a major reduction in carbon emissions from the transport network in Wales.

Transport currently makes up 17% of Wales’ carbon emissions but the Welsh Government has committed to set new and stretching five year priorities to tackle carbon emissions as it seeks to meet decarbonisation targets.

The draft strategy, ‘Llwybr Newydd – New Path’, will shape Wales’ transport system over the next two decades. It sets out a range of new ambitions to reshape transport in Wales, including a new sustainable transport hierarchy that will help shape investments towards greener transport options.

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Two Forces, One Mission - To Tackle Impaired Driving

Gwent Police and Gloucestershire Constabulary are collaborating in an operation to target those who choose to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Following the easing of restriction across Wales and the month-long lockdown in place throughout England, local police forces are concerned that drivers will run the risk of driving under the influence as they take advantage of the differences between the two nations.

Alcohol and drugs significantly impact on a person’s ability to drive safely. By choosing to the get behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence, a driver increases the chance of causing harm or fatalities.

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Gwent Healthy Travel Charter

More than 20 leading public sector organisations across Gwent have committed to the Healthy Travel Charter, a commitment which supports and encourages sustainable travel.

The charter identifies 15 ambitious commitments to promote walking, cycling, agile working and the use of public transport and ultra-low emission vehicles.

The public sector in Gwent employs almost one in three working adults. By working together, public sector organisations across Gwent aim to increase sustainable journeys made to and from workplaces, reducing the impact on the environment and improving health in Gwent for current and future generations.

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