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27/05/2021

Have You Got a Black Belt in Self-Defence?

Do you always wear a seatbelt when travelling in a vehicle? You are twice as likely to die if you’re involved in a collision and you aren’t wearing your belt.

Not belting up can be a fatal decision, even on short, familiar journeys and at low speed. You must wear a seatbelt if one is fitted in the seat you’re using - there are only a few exceptions. Also be aware that you are only allowed 1 person in each seat fitted with a seatbelt.


Children

The driver is responsible for ensuring that passengers under the age of 14 are wearing a seatbelt or using the correct child restraint for their height and age.

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24/05/2021

Road Safety Wales Poster Competition 2021

Young people aged up to 18 are invited to design a poster that will promote the safe use of active travel, the benefits of 20 mph speed limits on communities or to encourage safer driver behaviour across Wales.

The winning entries will be shared on Road Safety Wales Partner social media channels.

Competition Guidelines

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08/04/2021

Week-long Road Safety Operation Uncovers Several Offences

Overloaded vehicles, defective tyres, excess driver’s hours and drug driving were just some of the offences uncovered during a week-long road safety operation held recently in North Wales.

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit, Commercial Vehicle Unit, Special Constabulary Road Safety Unit and the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) took part in Operation Blue Yawl where over 100 vehicles, mainly commercial vehicles, were taken into the three sites to be checked.

Throughout the week officers uncovered a number of offences including:

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08/02/2021

129 Arrests Made Across North Wales During The Christmas Anti Drink And Drug Drive Campaign

The month-long campaign, which took place throughout December, ran in conjunction with a UK-wide operation led by the National Police Chief’s Council. In north Wales a total of 129 motorists were arrested, with 47 people failing breath tests and 82 people providing positive drugs tests.

Chief Inspector Jon Aspinall of the Force’s Operational Support Services said, “Despite fewer people being caught drink or drug driving over the 2020 Christmas period, we must acknowledge that the coronavirus pandemic is likely to be a significant factor.

“With more people working from home, roads being quieter and no big party nights, less people were taking unnecessary risks.

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20/01/2021

More Than 100 People Arrested

Gwent Police arrested 109 people on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs as part of the force’s Christmas road safety campaign.

Officers from Gwent Police joined forces across Wales, and the wider UK, in conducting intelligence-led vehicle checks on roads within the force area between Tuesday 1 December and Thursday 31 December.

During the campaign period, more than half of the motorists arrested for drug-related driving offences were aged under 30, while a majority of older motorists – aged over 30 – were arrested for drink driving.

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14/01/2021

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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23/12/2020

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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07/12/2020

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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13/11/2020

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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21/09/2020

National Eye Health Week

National Eye Health Week takes place between 21 and 27 September 2020, promoting the importance of good eye health and the need for regular eye tests for all.

As with the majority of health services, accessing routine eye testing during the COVID-19 lockdown proved impossible. Since then, opticians throughout the country have been putting new protocols into action so that you can receive quality eye care and source the correct prescription glasses.

Whatever your age, good eyesight is vital when using the road. 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.

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