Walk to School Month with Pengam Walking Bus

Pupils throughout Caerphilly county borough are celebrating International Walk to School Month this October, with 5,000 pupils ditching the car and walking to school.

23 Caerphilly schools are currently taking part in the global event, with classroom charts and prizes awarded to each school from Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Road Safety Team.

Walking buses have also proven very popular during Walk to School Month, as well as Junior Road Safety Officers from Tyn-Y-Wern, Pengam and Crumlin Primary Schools producing presentations in assembly to promote walking within their respective schools.

Cllr Tom Williams, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transportation and Engineering said: “By making the effort and walking to school, pupils are doing their bit to help the environment by reducing their carbon footprint. Walking regularly also helps to keep pupils fit and active which is important for their wellbeing. Well done to everyone who is taking part in Walk to School Month”.

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Road Safety at Work: Online Course for Managers

A new on-line course developed by the EASST Academy in partnership with Cranfield University and IRU Academy is now available for anyone with the responsibility for training, supervising and monitoring occupational drivers.

The course will give you the skills to deliver and sustain a robust road safety management strategy, because a safe fleet is in everyone’s interest.

Businesses that adopt a thorough approach to driver safety can benefit from reduced insurance, less damage to vehicles and goods, better staff retention and a significant reduction in working time lost through accidents.

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Think! Country Roads Campaign

The THINK! team has relaunched its ‘Country Roads’ campaign which will run until the end of November.

This campaign is targeting drivers aged 25-34 years, using the message ‘Brake before the bend, not on it’. Evaluation shows that this age group did reduce their speed into bends following the 2015 campaign.

59% of all road fatalities occur on country roads, and in 2015, 10,307 people were killed or seriously injured on country roads in Great Britain. The number of people killed on country roads is 10 times higher than on motorways.

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Funding Helps Teen with Visual and Hearing Impairment Drive for First Time

A Newport teenager with severe visual and hearing impairment has gone behind the wheel of a car for the first time thanks to a charity.

Emma Gaylard, of Newport, who has Stickler Syndrome, had the chance to drive a car through the charity Sense, who support people who are deafblind or who have sensory impairments or complex needs.

The charity recently received a grant of more than £414,500 from the Big Lottery Fund to provide tailored support for 50 deafblind and multi-sensory impaired young people across South East Wales.

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New Online Portal Maps Resources for Older Drivers

A new online portal of motoring research relating to older and disabled consumers has been launched.

The Motoring Research Portal, created by the Research Institute for Consumer Affairs (Rica), includes more than 80 items of research from industry, academia and third sector organisations.

The portal uses bookmarks to show information on topics including technical research, for example on secondary vehicle technology (which covers everything from the ignition, lights and indicators to heating, air conditioning and in-car entertainment) and the role of autonomous cars.

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Be Seen This Halloween

Parents across Carmarthenshire are being reminded to make sure their children can ‘Be seen this Halloween’.

The Council’s Road Safety Team is launching its annual ‘be seen’ campaign to coincide with the clocks going back on Sunday, October 30.

With the darker mornings and nights coming in, children are being encouraged to wear bright clothing. Parents could also consider investing in fluorescent / reflective armbands or tabards to help keep their children safe when out and about near roads.

Executive Board Member for the Environment Cllr Hazel Evans said: “On dark nights and in bad weather all pedestrians; and children in particular, are vulnerable on the roads because they are less visible to motorists.

“We want to encourage parents to ensure that their children are made aware of the importance of wearing bright clothing this time of year.

“Anyone travelling near traffic, for example children walking to and from school in the winter, should wear or carry something reflective in poor light and bright or fluorescent during the day to make themselves as visible as possible and keep them safe.”

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Newport M4 Speed Cameras: 240 Drivers Caught in Three Days

Almost 250 people were caught speeding in the first three days since enforcement was introduced on the M4 around Newport.

The variable speed limit covers the stretch from junction 24 (Coldra) to junction 28 (Tredegar Park).

The system was introduced in 2011 but was inactive for five years - fines have only been issued since 10 October.

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Commitment to Building a More Effective Network of Bus Services for Wales

Economy Secretary, Ken Skates has reiterated his commitment to building a more effective network of bus services for Wales.

He has also welcomed the UK Department for Transport’s proposed amendment to the Bus Services Bill, which is designed to ensure better on board information for disabled people, something the Welsh Government has supported since 2013.

Speaking to Assembly Members, Ken Skates said:

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Stop Means Stop - Drivers Putting Lives at Risk

Children and School Crossing Patrol Staff are being put at risk of death or injury by drivers who fail to stop when the Stop sign is displayed.

Drivers are legally obliged to obey the School Crossing Patrol Sign under the Road Traffic Act 1988. As soon as a patrol raises their sign, even if they have not stepped into the road, the law states that drivers must be prepared to stop.

Once the School Crossing Patrol is in the road displaying the sign, drivers MUST stop, and not proceed until the School Crossing Patrol and any accompanying children have finished crossing the road.

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Project EDWARD Results

Results from the first European Day Without A Road Death (Project EDWARD) have been published by TISPOL (the European Traffic Police Network) and the European Commission.

Summary of results:

  • On Wednesday 21 September 2016 (Project EDWARD day) there were 43 road deaths across 31 countries
  • This compares with 70 fatalities on the same day in 2015 and represents a like-for-like reduction of almost 39 per cent
  • 19 countries recorded zero fatalities on 21 September, compared with 11 countries in 2015. Eight of these countries had recorded at least one fatality on 21 September 2015
  • Seven other countries recorded a reduction in fatalities, compared with the same day in 2015
  • Three countries recorded an increase in fatalities
  • A full country-by-country result sheet is available here

Twitter impact:

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