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26/02/2024

More than 56,000 tests conducted in national Christmas drink and drug drive operation

Policing’s national operation to tackle drink and drug driving has seen consistently high results for the second year running, with more than 6,600 motorists arrested for offences.

Many police forces undertake a proactive operation around Christmas each year to increase breath testing and targeted vehicle stops for drivers suspected of being under the influence. Christmas 2022 saw the first national operation, called Op Limit, to coordinate this activity across the country – bringing together all police forces in a concerted effort to remove drink and drug drivers from our roads.

2023 saw all police forces take part in the operation, engaging in education and awareness events, communications around the risks of driving under the influence, targeted vehicle stops in hot spot areas and intelligence led patrols.

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16/01/2024

244 arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in South Wales

Between 1st December 2023, and 1st January 2024, South Wales Police officers conducted 3,145 breath tests and 203 drug tests as part of national campaign, Op Limit.

One hundred and fifty-seven were found to be over the drink drive limit, and 87 of those who were tested for drugs gave a positive result.

Roads Policing Inspector Michael Prickett said: “I am extremely proud of my officers for their work in taking these drivers off the streets.

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08/09/2023

Enjoy the 2023 Rugby World Cup Safely

Before the start of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, Road Safety Wales is reminding people to plan ahead if they intend to drink alcohol.

If you are drinking alcohol when watching the games, live in France, or in a bar or club, please make arrangements to get home without driving, before you go out. This could be by saving the telephone number for a local taxi in your phone, finding out times of public transport or arranging a lift with someone sober. 

Apart from the risk of causing a collision, an injury or even a fatality, the penalties for drink driving can be life-changing. You could be imprisoned, banned from driving and face a fine if you’re found guilty. If you drive as part of your job, this could seriously affect your work prospects for many years to come.

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30/08/2023

Know the difference between e-bikes and electric motorcycles

Following a wave of seizures and arrests across the country, Road Safety Wales would like to clarify the difference between electric bicycles, commonly known as e-bikes, and electric motorcycles, as these are vastly different modes of transport.

An e-bike is an electrically assisted pedal cycle (EAPC) which is equipped with an electric motor to assist a rider when they are pedalling. By law it cannot propel the rider on its own - if it does, it is classed as a motorcycle or moped.

To ride an e-bike, a person must be at least 14 years old. However, you do not need a driving licence and an e-bike does not need to be registered, taxed or insured.

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25/08/2023

Please drive safely on Powys roads

Powys County Council highways staff are having to deal with increasing numbers of drivers jumping temporary red lights, ignoring stop signs, and speeding through road works.

Not only is this driving behaviour illegal, it is also putting the hardworking highways teams at risk of serious injury.

Cllr Jackie Charlton, Cabinet Member for a Greener Powys, said: "I was stunned to hear of the situations that our highways teams are placed in whilst simply doing their jobs and ensuring that the thousands of miles of roads in Powys are maintained, repaired and improved.

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02/08/2023

DVLA launches new online account for motorists

From today (2 August 2023), motorists can opt for digital vehicle tax reminders rather than having to wait for a paper reminder to drop through their letter box. The change comes as part of DVLA’s new Driver and vehicles account  service, which launches on GOV.UK today.

The new service, which allows motorists to easily access their driver and vehicle information in one place, has been launched as a public beta and DVLA are asking motorists to provide feedback to help develop the service.

The Driver and vehicles account is easy-to-use, secure, and it only takes around 5 minutes to sign up. Once an account has been set up, motorists can simply sign in using their email and password, and will be able to:

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21/07/2023

Summer plans for Llangollen parking

Council and police officers are working together to manage parking at Llangollen’s Horseshoe falls and the surrounding area this summer season.

Denbighshire County Council and North Wales Police are urging visitors to the hotspot to park responsibly this summer and consider planning ahead to visit other attractions that are available across the Dee Valley if the area is busy.

The Council has made a number of preparations already to manage an increase in visitors.

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26/04/2023

Get ready for 20mph

Work to prepare Powys roads for the upcoming default 20mph speed limit will begin this week.

On 17 September, the Welsh Government will introduce a default 20mph speed limit on restricted roads across Wales. Restricted roads are generally those where streetlights are placed no more than 200 yards apart and are usually located in residential and built-up areas with high pedestrian activity.

The move will see Wales become the first UK nation to introduce a lower speed limit following in the footsteps of European countries, such as Spain, where 30km/h (18.5mph) is already in place.

Evidence shows reducing the default speed limit from 30mph to 20mph on these roads, will see a number of benefits including a reduction in road collisions and serious injury, more people walking and cycling and improvements to health and wellbeing.

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22/02/2023

Fatal 5: Police support national campaign targeting use of mobiles while driving

Drivers are four times more likely to crash if they’re using a phone, police have warned as they support a national road safety campaign.

To crack down on the issue of people using their phone while driving, the four Welsh police forces, along with GoSafe are supporting a National Police Chiefs Council campaign.

The three-week operation, which Dyfed-Powys, South Wales, Gwent and North Wales Police will take part in, aims to remind motorists of the risks of calling, texting, using the internet or streaming music or videos while driving – and the penalties faced by those who are caught.

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19/01/2023

Welsh Pavement Parking Taskforce Amended Recommendations

Written Statement:
Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Climate Change

“In 2019, I set up the independent Wales Pavement Parking Taskforce (WPPT) to help tackle anti-social pavement parking in our communities.

“All ten of the Pavement Parking Taskforce’s recommendations were accepted by the Welsh Government.

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