News

09/01/2020

Young Drivers Targeted in Tywyn, Gwynedd

Young drivers in Tywyn have been targeted by police in an operation to clamp down on anti-social driving.

Officers from the Special Constabulary Road Safety Unit and the local policing team carried out a dedicated campaign focussing on the Tywyn area due to several complaints from local residents.

In response to the concerns, the local PCSO’s for the area linked in with the Road Safety Unit to arrange the operation to target those driving modified vehicles in an anti-social manner and at excess speed on the High Street in Tywyn.

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18/12/2019

Warning To Road Users Who Ignore Bridge Signs

Road users are being advised by Pembrokeshire County Council that they could face prosecution if they ignore signs warning that the Cleddau Bridge is closed to high-sided vehicles in bad weather.

Because of the strong winds over the past few days, the bridge has been closed intermittently to high-sided vehicles.

But it hasn’t deterred some road users who have continued to cross the 820-metre bridge despite the possibility of their high-sided vehicle being blown over.

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28/11/2019

#SurroundTheTown - Cwmbran

Following the success of the Newport enforcement day, 'Surround The Town' returns today in Cwmbran. Gwent Police will again be working with GoSafe, Torfaen County Borough Council and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, to address poor driving and local crime priorities and to highlight local services.

'Surround the Town' will involve multiple teams across the town to help ensure that those living in, working or visiting Cwmbran can do so in a safe environment. The operation will target motoring offences and raise awareness of collision risk factors. Parking enforcement, tackling anti-social behaviour, drug offences and organised crime groups will also be a part of the enforcement initiative.

The key road safety activities are:

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25/11/2019

Gwynedd Council Introduces Electric Vehicles To Its Fleet

As part of its commitment to tackling climate change, Gwynedd Council has launched its intention to introduce electric vehicles to its fleet over the coming years.

The council has underlined its commitment to adding more green vehicles and to reduce the use of petrol and diesel vehicles from its fleet in the years ahead.

Over the past decade, the council has reduced its carbon emissions by almost 40%, and this latest commitment to introducing electric vehicles to the authority’s fleet is the latest in Gwynedd’s efforts to improve on this figure.

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14/11/2019

Road Safety Spot Checks Outside Denbighshire Schools

A clampdown on anti-social parking outside schools will take place in Denbighshire, council officers will be carrying out spot checks at schools and informing motorists about road safety.

Police Community Support Officers and Civil Enforcement Officers will also be attending schools to deter parents from parking on zig zags and double yellow lines.

Emlyn Jones, Denbighshire County Council’s Head of Planning and Public Protection Services, said, “Anti-social driving and parking around the county’s schools puts children’s lives in danger. We are urging parents to observe the Highway Code and facilitate the safeguarding of our children. Parking on pavements and zig zags forces children to walk on roads which are busy and congested during these hours.

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11/11/2019

Further Drink And Drug Driving Arrests Across The North Wales Region

As officers prepare for the forthcoming Christmas Anti Drink and Drug Driving campaign, motorists in North Wales are being reminded that the Police will continue to crack down on those caught driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs, ahead of the festive period.

Recent arrests have taken place in Rhyl, Trawsfynydd, Shotton, Caernarfon, Porthmadog, Bodelwyddan, Llandudno, Caerwys, Broughton, Wrexham and Bangor.

Temporary Sergeant Darren Newby of the Roads Policing Unit said, “Despite our repeated warnings regarding the dangers of drink and drug driving, people are still choosing to risk their own lives and the lives of other road users by taking to the roads whilst under the influence.

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11/11/2019

New Road At Five Mile Lane

Vale of Glamorgan Council Deputy Leader Lis Burnett was joined by Welsh Government Minister for Economy and Transport Ken Skates AM to mark the opening of the new A4226, known locally as Five Mile Lane.

In a joint project that saw investment of more than £20 million, the new route, which runs from the Sycamore Cross junction of the A48 to the Weycock Cross roundabout in Barry, will be safer than its predecessor and offer improved journey times.

The scheme also brings a significant environmental benefit, with a range of plants along its route creating an ecological corridor.

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31/10/2019

Powerful Message for Young Road Users

A graphic message demonstrating the consequences of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol has been delivered to young people in Pembrokeshire.

Targeted at new - or soon to be – drivers, the road safety event ‘Get Smashed’ recreated first-hand the effects of a devastating road accident through sights, sounds and smells.

Young people watched a DVD entitled ‘Could you live with yourself?’ which reflects the crash which killed motorcycle passenger Karen Boulcott in 2006.

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18/10/2019

Operation Confine: Targeting Motor Insurance Fraud

A North Wales Police initiative to disrupt criminal activity has seen over 300 insurance policies being cancelled thanks to ongoing work led by the Roads Policing Unit in conjunction with local policing teams.

Operation Confine involves targeting those who cause the most harm within communities and who have failed to disclose previous convictions to their insurance companies. The initiative sees officers focusing on the problem of ‘application fraud’ where they suspect an individual has not disclosed required material information to the relevant insurance company.

Temporary Chief Inspector Dave Cust from the Roads Policing Unit said, “When we make enquires into whether an individual has disclosed information such as unspent motoring or criminal convictions, depending on what a particular company asks, we’re not disclosing anything other than what the policy holder should have told them.

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27/09/2019

Rural Road Collisions Still a Cause for Concern

Carmarthenshire County Council is launching a rural road safety scheme to encourage motorists to drive more safely.

Figures show that nearly 120 people have been seriously injured and 26 were killed on rural roads in the county in the last two years.

Some 125 serious collisions were recorded between 2016 and 2018 with 23% involving young drivers between the ages of 17 and 24.

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