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19/03/2019

Creatively Highlighting the Fatal 5

Creative Media students at Pembrokeshire College have devised short original films depicting the five main causes of road traffic collisions and injuries in Wales. The films highlight the dangers of drink and drugs, speed, carelessness,  seatbelt non-compliance and the use of mobile phones – the Fatal 5.

Their creative work was entered into a competition run by the College in conjunction with the Road Safety Team at Pembrokeshire County Council.

The winning film was produced by Simon Latham, with Pierre Dizon and Megan Stanley commended as runners-up.

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11/03/2019

All-Wales Seatbelt Enforcement Campaign Begins

Since the introduction of seatbelt laws in the UK, tens of thousands of lives have been save by the simple act of belting up. Nevertheless, every day a small minority of people are risking travelling in a vehicle without using this vital safety device.  

Police officers enforce seatbelt laws throughout the year and during the current all-Wales enforcement campaign efforts will be stepped-up to remind drivers and their passengers that non-compliance is not acceptable.

Drivers are also legally responsible for ensuring that passengers under the age of 14 are using the correct child restraint for their height and age, or the adult seatbelt if they are over 135cms tall or over 12 years old.

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27/02/2019

UK Government to Consult on Options to Ban Older Tyres

The UK government will consult on options to ban older tyres from use on buses, coaches, heavy goods vehicles and minibuses to help keep road users safe.

The Department for Transport announced that it will consult on legislation to make it illegal for these vehicles to run with a tyre aged 10 years or over. This follows a research project, launched by the government last year, to look at whether the age of a tyre has a direct impact on its safety.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: "Keeping people safe on our roads is our priority, and we have been working hard to understand the link between tyre age and road safety. Emerging evidence and leading expert testimony shows us that we need to ban tyres over the age of 10 years from larger vehicles based upon the ‘precautionary principle’ – a move that will make our roads safer for everyone."

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20/02/2019

Driving Abroad After Brexit – Things Are Changing

If you’re planning to drive abroad over the coming weeks and months, the driving documents you’ll need may change. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has issued the following advice which you can find below.

International Driving Permits

Before the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019, holders of UK licences can drive in all EU countries and the European Economic Area (EEA) without the need for any additional documentation.

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12/02/2019

Council Drives Home The Vehicle Weight Safety Message

Denbighshire County Council is cracking down on motorists who could be putting lives at risk by overloading their vehicles.

The Council works closely with its partners from North Wales Police and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to raise awareness of the dangers around overloading vehicles, but also carrying out random checks to see whether people are complying with the law.

Since September 2017, 338 vehicles have been weighed in Denbighshire. 58 of those vehicles were reported for action, 30 written warnings issued, 14 verbal warnings/advice issued and a number of other offences identified, including the use of red diesel, no tax and insurance, no licence, unsafe loads, faulty tyres, faulty suspension, loose wheels and drug driving.

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28/01/2019

Camera Enforcement Van To Help Keep Pupils Safe

The safety of children around schools is paramount and Neath Port Talbot Council believes the school vicinity should be a safe haven and not a threat caused by parking issues.

The Council’s Road Safety Team has carried out a county-wide School Gate Parking campaign in partnership with South Wales Police and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service to produce banners to be displayed outside all schools to raise awareness as well as delivering education to all pupils - encouraging them to be a positive influence on those taking them to school.

Enforcement for persistent drivers however appears to be the most effective way to tackle this growing issue.

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25/01/2019

Workshops For Mature Drivers In Powys

Mature drivers in north Powys are being given the opportunity to brush up on their road knowledge thanks to an informal workshop organised by the county council.

Powys County Council's Road Safety Unit will be holding its Driver Theory Refresher workshop in Welshpool on Tuesday, 5 February at 1.30pm for two hours.

Aimed at drivers in the county aged 65 years and over, the two-hour classroom-based informal workshop will provide attendees a refresh of the Highway Code and driver licence requirements. It will also cover topics including night-time driving, medicine and alcohol laws and personal safety behind the wheel. Attendees will also be provided with details of a practical one-hour driving assessment if wanted.

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11/01/2019

Motorists Urged To Park Smart In Caerphilly

Caerphilly County Borough Council is set to take over civil parking enforcement duties from Gwent Police in April 2019.

The transfer of powers will allow the council to provide a co-ordinated and consistent approach to enforcement of traffi­c regulations and will help improve road safety, tra­ffic flow and reduce obstructions.

From April, civil enforcement o­fficers will undertake enforcement duties in towns and villages across the Caerphilly County Borough and if a vehicle is found to be parked unlawfully may issue a Penalty Charge Notice.

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08/01/2019

Road Safety Operation in Denbigh

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit and Special Constabulary stopped and spoke to several motorists in Denbigh last weekend as part of ongoing efforts to reduce the number of casualties in the area.

In the operation, officers carried out vehicle and driver checks in and around the Denbigh area. Several TORs (Traffic Offence Reports) were given for defective lights, exhausts and tyres. Motorists were also given tickets for having illegal number plates and several breath tests and roadside drug tests were administered.

PC John Hewitt of the Roads Policing Department said, “We hope that the weekend’s operation will send a message to other motorists in the area and beyond. It was disappointing to find so many issues in the vehicles we checked, but this is why we carry out operations like this, to identify issues, make sure they are resolved, and remind drivers of their responsibilities.

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10/12/2018

Choose Wisely

North Wales Police officers arrested 19 people in the first week of the Winter Anti Drink and Drug Driving Campaign. Of those arrests, 13 were made in relation to drink driving and six for drug driving.

The highest breath test reading of the campaign so far has been 146mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath - the legal limit is 35mg.

Inspector Dave Cust, from North Wales Police' Roads Policing Unit, said, "It is disappointing that a small minority of people are still intent on ignoring our messages, despite our repeated warnings.

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