A Day in the Life of a Road Safety Officer

Ceredigion Road Safety Officer, Kayleigh Tonkins, recently gave an interview about her role as a Road Safety Officer to Ceredigion Council's web team.

"Where do I begin with what’s involved within my role as Road Safety Officer? Road Safety affects everyone; there are so many aspects to road safety that no day is the same for us and we cater for all ages. I visit schools on a regular basis, either to pop in to deliver an assembly or spend half a day with groups of children discussing road safety matters which impact on their lives. I also enjoy encouraging active travel, and will happily help to organise a walking bus with a school, to try to encourage pupils to walk, scoot or cycle to their school at least once a week. School Crossing Patrol Officers (SCPs) make up the backbone of our Road Safety Team. They are out every day braving the elements ensuring that all pupils that do walk to school are crossed safely to their destination.

Both my colleague, Heulwen, and I are qualified child car seat advisors, and we regularly attend family centres and play groups to discuss issues parents may be having, and offer checks if the child car seat is fitted correctly. We offer this service from our office in Penmorfa, Aberaeron, so if you want to check your child car seat, simply give us a call to arrange a day and time!

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Driver Refresher Workshops

Mature drivers in the Welshpool area are being given the opportunity to brush up on their road knowledge, thanks to informal workshops organised by the county council.

Powys County Council’s Road Safety Unit will be holding its Driver Theory Refresher workshop on the following days:

  • Monday, June 11 – Newtown
  • Tuesday, June 12 - Welshpool
  • Monday, August 20 – Welshpool
  • Wednesday, August 22 – Newtown
  • Monday, October 29 – Welshpool
  • Tuesday, October 31 – Newtown

Aimed at drivers in the county aged 65 years and over, the two-hour and classroom-based informal workshop will provide attendees a refresh of the Highway Code and driver licence requirements.

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Bank Holiday Weekend Response

North Wales Police are thanking the public as well as their own officers and staff following a difficult Bank Holiday weekend which has sadly seen further fatal and serious collisions happening on the region’s roads.

Superintendent Jane Banham, from the Force’s Operational Support Services said: “Once again we have had a desperately sad weekend whereby our officers have dealt with fatal and serious collisions, and we would like to extend our heartfelt sympathies to all families and friends of those involved.

“Dealing with fatal and serious collisions is never easy and I would like to commend our staff – as well as colleagues from other emergency services, for their continued professionalism when dealing with such incidents. They dealt with difficult scenes in very hot and humid weather conditions, and although additional police officers were brought on duty due to the sheer number of collisions that they were dealing with, many of them worked additional hours and for that we are extremely grateful.

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DVLA Scam Warning

DVLA has confirmed that they do not send emails or text messages that ask you to confirm personal details or payment information such as for a vehicle tax refund.

With so many more transactions now available online, it can sometimes be tricky to remember exactly what you have applied for.  However, if you receive anything purporting to be from DVLA don't open any links and delete the email or text immediately. 

Beware also of misleading third party websites passing themselves off as DVLA. These sites might, for example, offer to help you apply for a driving licence, tax your car or connect you to our contact centre. These sites will often charge additional fees for services that you can get for free or at a lower cost on GOV.UK.

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Child Car Seat Checks in Ceredigion

It’s Family Safety Week from 23 to 27 April and to raise awareness of safety issues involving child car seats, Ceredigion County Council’s Road Safety Team is promoting the free car-seat check service they provide to residents.

Kayleigh Tonkins, road safety project officer, said: “The Road Safety Team offer free child car seat checks across the county at various family centres, or for individuals who can travel to Aberaeron.

“We can demonstrate the safe fitting of your child’s car seat in your vehicle, and supply you with an in-depth guide to child car seats that gives advice on what seat is suitable for your child and the legalities.”

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MOT Rule Changes 20 May 2018

The MOT test will change on 20 May 2018, with new defect types, stricter rules for diesel car emissions, and some vehicles over 40 years old becoming exempt.  The changes will affect cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles in England, Scotland and Wales – the MOT Test works differently in Northern Ireland.

There are 5 main changes you need to know.

1.   Defects will be categorised differently

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Crucial Crew in Torfaen

Around 1000 pupils from schools across Torfaen recently booked in to visit the TA Centre in Cwmbran to take part in this year’s health, safety and responsibility extravaganza, Crucial Crew.

Across the eight day event a total of 12 agencies delivered information sessions to Year 6 pupils from across the borough. The road safety session focussed on the importance of wearing a seatbelt on every journey.

Twenty six schools attended the event and of all the 916 children surveyed, a surprisingly high proportion (502) reported they did not always wear their seatbelt, that’s 55%.

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Cabinet Secretary announces £25.9m in Local Transport Grants

Local Authorities in Wales will today find out their allocated slice of £25.9m worth of transport grants.  The money will go towards programmes to improve safety, reduce congestion, create economic growth and promote active travel.

Local authorities were invited to submit applications for their priority schemes. A total of 190 applications were received.

The Local Transport Fund of £6.15 million will allow 18 schemes across 13 local authorities to continue work on multi-year projects. A further £5 million has been provided to fund local authorities to progress active travel scheme development.

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Police Use Unmarked HGV

All four Police forces in Wales are using an unmarked HGV to catch dangerous drivers.  The Operation Tramline lorry started being used in England three years ago and will now also tour Wales.

The speed of the police HGV is not limited and it has also been fitted with flashing lights. Police say being higher up in a truck cab gives officers a "different perspective" to spot and record video of potentially dangerous drivers.

The Operation Tramline HGV will target hazardous driving and people committing motoring offences including:

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Gwent Police's Crash Investigators

A TV series going inside the cordon with Gwent Police's dedicated forensic collision investigators will be starting in BBC One Wales tonight, at 8.30 pm.

A spokeswoman for the BBC said that, across Britain, millions of cars clock up billions of miles, and every week 500 people are killed or seriously injured on the roads.

She added: "When the emergency services have left the scene of a collision, an expert team of investigators begin the essential work of piecing together the evidence left behind in order to discover the truth.

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