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.
Hoggin’ the Bridge will take place this year on the weekend of 29 and 30 September, and will be looking to raise thousands of pounds for charity.
The event is run by Caldicot Town Team, a not-for-profit community interest company run entirely by volunteers, with all proceeds from Hoggin’ the Bridge going to local and national charities. Organisers are expecting more than 10,000 visitors with the event beginning on Saturday 29 September with live music from local bands, Rusty Shackle and The Bug Club. Camping at the David Broome Event Centre in Caldicot will also be available.
The main ride on 30 September leaves Aust services at 11.00 am, and ends at the David Broome Event Centre.
South Wales Police, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and GoSafe launched Operation Close Pass at the 2018 Velothon Wales event. The Close Pass initiative aims to improve the safety of cyclists on the road by educating drivers in overtaking safely.
The Highway Code recommends that road users should give vulnerable road users, such as motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders, the same amount of room as they would when overtaking a car – this is typically 1.5 metres.
Operation Close Pass deploys police officers on bicycles fitted with cameras to record the behaviour of drivers who overtake them. If an offence is detected, the officer contacts colleagues further down the road to direct the vehicle into a checkpoint where the driver will be offered roadside education from fire service colleagues using specially designed equipment to illustrates the safe passing distance.
Don’t Chance It, Change It focuses on the message that it’s safer to change your motorcycle tyre than repair it, a sentiment supported by John McGuinness, Isle of Man TT legend. “There’s absolutely no chance that I would repair a tyre. To be honest, it wouldn’t even enter my head. I didn’t even know that you can repair a bike tyre,” he said in a video made especially for TyreSafe’s campaign.
TyreSafe’s latest video features an interview with John McGuinness who talks honestly and openly about his view of tyre safety for motorbikes. The campaign message Don’t chance it, change it focuses on the concerns around motorcyclists assuming that bike tyres are like car tyres and can be repaired without a second thought.
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.
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.
Riders and employers are being encouraged to join the motorcycle industry in promoting the benefits of commuting on two wheels, as part of an annual week-long initiative.
Organised by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), Ride to Work Week 2018 takes place between 18-24 June, with 18 June named as Ride to Work Day.
Using the tagline #commutehappy, Ride to Work Week aims to encourage a shift towards powered two wheel (PTW) commuting. The campaign highlights the benefits of riding a PTW to work which include saving time and money, easier parking and improving road skills.