News

30/08/2018

Police Recorded Road Accidents 2017

Welsh Government has published information on the severity of injury and type of road user for the year 2017.

Key points:

  • In 2017 there were 4,556 road accidents involving personal injury recorded by the police, a reduction of 365 on 2016 (7.4 per cent reduction).
  • These recorded accidents resulted in 6,202 casualties, which was 651 fewer than in 2016.

Within the 6,202 casualties:

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28/08/2018

Biker Engagement with North Wales Police

It’s an uncomfortable reality that bikers are over-represented in road casualty figures for the North Wales region and Wales as a whole.

John Urry from Motor Cycle News (MCN) recently spent the day out on the road with North Wales Police to see what approach is being taken and just how welcome bikers are in the region.

Following a briefing to outline the objectives of Operation Darwen and a discussion around collision hot spots, the team headed out for a day of biker engagement and enforcement.

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24/08/2018

Stay Alive, Get To Know The Fatal 5

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.

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13/08/2018

Hoggin the Bridge 2018

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.

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06/08/2018

Wales by Bike Highlights Motorcycling in Powys

Geoff from Powys County Council’s Road Safety Unit has been talking to Wales by Bike, the website for bikers written by bikers. 

Highlighting some of the opportunities for residents in the Powys area, Geoff said:

“In conjunction with Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service we run Biker Down! Cymru workshops throughout the county, a free three-hour course covering:

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16/07/2018

Operation Close Pass in Wales

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.

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02/07/2018

Don't Chance It, Change It

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.

To support the campaign, TyreSafe has produced a new quick guide to motorcycle tyre safety as well as a refreshing its comprehensive A5 reference guide.

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29/06/2018

Operation SNAP in Action

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.

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14/06/2018

Month Long Drink/Drug Drive Campaign

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.

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13/06/2018

Ride to Work Week

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.

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