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30/11/2018

Campaign Against Drink And Drug Driving

“Someday you will realise the damage that you have caused but by then it’s too late. Everybody has a choice” – that is the message being driven by Police across Wales as they launch their annual Winter Anti Drink and Drug Driving Campaign.

Led by North Wales Police the month-long operation against driving under the influence begins on Saturday, 1st December and officers across the country will be using intelligence-led tactics and local knowledge of hotspots to detect people who are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol over the festive period.

The campaign features officers from the North Wales Police Roads Policing Unit giving their own accounts of dealing with the aftermath of a collision involving an impaired driver.

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22/11/2018

Home Safely On Safe Tyres

TyreSafe, the UK’s tyre safety charity, has launched a new awareness campaign aimed at all those parent chauffeurs taking their children to swimming, music lessons, drama, dance, football, karate and the innumerable other activities they enjoy. By the time their child is 20, they are likely to have spent over 3,000 hours driving them around - that’s 125 days non-stop motoring.

Parents can clock up over 30 miles a week driving their children to different clubs and hobbies or 1,500 miles a year, almost the same as driving from Land’s End to John O’Groats and back. And it’s not just them clocking up the miles, it’s their tyres too.

While it’s the driver’s responsibility to check them and keep them in good condition, worryingly a recent TyreSafe survey revealed that more than one in four parents may be driving with illegal or poorly maintained tyres.

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23/10/2018

Caru Ceredigion Promoting the Positives

Through the Caru.Love Ceredigion initiative Ceredigion County Council is inspiring residents and visitors to maintain positive behaviours and attitudes to their surroundings.

Using a series of promotional posters on a range of day-to-day topics, everyone is encouraged to contribute to making Ceredigion healthier and more sustainable.

Responsible driving and parking is one of the key messages, along with keeping pavements obstacle free. Footpath clutter is highlighted as being particularly problematic for older road users, wheelchair users, those using pushchairs and prams and pedestrians with limited vision.

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11/10/2018

Bobby Goes Home

Do you remember Bobby? He was the loveable police car that travelled around schools in the 90s to deliver important road safety messages.

After attending countless schools with his partner, PC Roger Hughes, he went into semi-retirement at a community partnership centre called the Safety Zone in Treforest. Whilst there, he was used by South Wales Police to continue delivering road safety messages when school children visited. Approximately 5 years ago, the Safety Zone was closed and Bobby stayed with Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, waiting for the Police to re-house him.

The council got in touch with the South Wales Police Heritage Centre (museum) where a suitable home for Bobby was finally found. He is now FULLY retired and on display in the Police Museum at South Wales Police headquarters in Bridgend. This came just in time for their refurbishment and open doors event held recently.

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28/09/2018

UKRO Challenge 2018 Comes to Cardiff Bay

There's still time to visit Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff Bay for the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) Challenge. UKRO is a charitable organisation, which "aims to drive the national agenda on road death reduction, by pushing vehicle extrication to its professional pinnacle and showcasing other rescue disciplines."

Running until Sunday 30 September, the exciting event is a chance for emergency services personnel to demonstrate techniques across all rescue disciplines. The Safety Village will host a range of fun activities and the venue provides a tremendous view of the action, including:

  • Vehicle extrication
  • Trauma care
  • USAR (urban search & rescue)
  • Rope rescue
  • Water rescue

South Wales Fire Service Rescue Teams have a very successful history in competing at regional, national and world level; with the Bridgend Extrication Team holding the titles of world and UK champions in 2016 and 2017.

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24/09/2018

National Eye Health Week

National Eye Health Week takes place between 24th and 30th September 2018, which aims to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular eye tests.

Good eyesight is vital when using the road, no matter what age you are. Drivers and motorcyclists must be able to read a vehicle registration plate from a distance of 20 metres (or 20.5 metres if the vehicle was registered before September 2001) wearing glasses or contact lenses if required.

If you’re finding it difficult to read road signs, particularly those with text, it could indicate that your eyesight has deteriorated and you may require corrective lenses. If you’re finding it harder to see clearly in the dark, this may also mean you need to wear glasses or contact lenses.

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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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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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29/06/2018

Operation SNAP in Action

The Nicky Grist Stages, taking place on Saturday 14 July, is proud to continue its association with GoSafe – The Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership, which is encouraging rally fans to help make the roads of Wales safer by getting involved in Operation SNAP. The Nicky Grist Stages, GoSafe Partnership and Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service came together for a special event, along with Osian Pryce and Nicky Grist, at the GoSafe headquarters this week.

The initiative is a response to increasing submissions of video and photographic evidence relating to driving offences that members of the public have witnessed. Until recently, these reports have been submitted to the police in all sorts of ways and so a streamlined on-line process has now been developed through www.gosafe.org to deal with them – dramatically reducing valuable police time by making it easier to collect and assess evidence.

The rally event is also proud to help raise awareness of the Fatal 5, an all-Wales initiative which focusses on the five main causes of road traffic collisions and injuries in Wales – speed, driving while impaired through alcohol and/or drugs, use of mobile phones, the non-use seatbelts and careless driving.

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14/06/2018

Month Long Drink/Drug Drive Campaign

Welsh Police forces have launched a month long campaign to reduce the number of drivers putting themselves and others at risk by driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Led by South Wales Police, the campaign will see increased resources on the roads across Wales.

In the last 50 years, road casualties caused by drink driving have fallen dramatically- this is due to change in attitude regarding drink driving and also the improvements in technology and processes by the Police.  However according to the Department for Transport there has been a six-fold increase in the number of people caught drug-driving across the UK.

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