Dyfed-Powys Police Open Day

Dyfed-Powys Police will be opening its doors on Sunday 16th September to proudly give communities a behind-the-scenes view of policing at their celebratory Open Day, to be held at Police HQ, Llangunnor, Carmarthen.

The event is an opportunity for communities to come together and celebrate its 50th year as one service.

On the 1st April 1968 Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire Constabulary, the Mid Wales Constabulary and the Pembrokeshire Police came together to form Dyfed-Powys Constabulary, making it the largest police force geographically in England and Wales. The name changed to Dyfed-Powys Police in 1974.

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First 999 Emergency Services Day Honoured by Council

Flintshire County Council honoured the first 999 Emergency Services Day by flying the flag at County Hall.

The Chairman of the Council, Councillor Paul Cunningham welcomed everyone to the ceremony by saying:

“We are here to raise the 999 flag at 9am on the 9th day of the 9th month, which explains the earliness of the hour – but we do know that our emergency services never sleep.

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Proposed End to Daylight Saving Time

Responding to the news that the EU commission will recommend the abolition of daylight savings time, following a public poll, RoSPA Chief Executive Errol Taylor said:

“We cautiously welcome the findings of the poll undertaken by the commission.

“The proposal is in its very early stages, and there is much more detail yet to be announced that would need to be carefully considered before a definitive decision is made.

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Project EDWARD 2018

The countdown to European Day Without A Road Death (Project EDWARD) is well and truly under way.  Taking place this year on Wednesday 19 September, everyone is asked to reflect on one simple question: 

What can I do for Road safety today?

Organised by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, Project EDWARD seeks to bring together everyone with an interest in reducing the number of people killed on our roads.  To assist partners a library of resources has been put together, with hints and tips on using the material.

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Police Recorded Road Accidents 2017

Welsh Government has published information on the severity of injury and type of road user for the year 2017.

Key points:

  • In 2017 there were 4,556 road accidents involving personal injury recorded by the police, a reduction of 365 on 2016 (7.4 per cent reduction).
  • These recorded accidents resulted in 6,202 casualties, which was 651 fewer than in 2016.

Within the 6,202 casualties:

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Biker Engagement with North Wales Police

It’s an uncomfortable reality that bikers are over-represented in road casualty figures for the North Wales region and Wales as a whole.

John Urry from Motor Cycle News (MCN) recently spent the day out on the road with North Wales Police to see what approach is being taken and just how welcome bikers are in the region.

Following a briefing to outline the objectives of Operation Darwen and a discussion around collision hot spots, the team headed out for a day of biker engagement and enforcement.

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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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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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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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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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