Warning of the Dangers of Fatigue

Fatigue is estimated to be a contributory factor in up to 20% of road collisions. These types of crashes tend to be high speed impacts resulting in death or serious injury, because a driver who has fallen asleep cannot brake or swerve.

Sleepiness reduces reaction time, a critical element of safe driving, and also reduces alertness and concentration. The ability to perform attention-based activities, such as driving or riding is impaired and decision making can be badly affected, as information cannot be quickly processed by a person who is tired.

Chair of Road Safety Wales, Susan Storch, said:

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Anti Drink/Drugs Driving Campaign Results

Over 9,000 breath tests carried out and over 190 drug wipes administered during an All Wales Campaign

Led by Dyfed Powys Police the campaign ran from Friday 10th June until Sunday 10th July during which time a total of 9,532 breath tests were administered across Wales with 306 of those being positive, refused or fail to provide. 199 roadside tests for drugs were administered with 131 showing positive for drugs.

The offence of drinking alcohol or taking drugs and driving is one of the "fatal 5"; the five offences that can lead to death or serious injury on our roads. The others being careless driving, excess speed, failing to wear a seatbelt, and driving while on a mobile phone.

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Landlords Receive Award for Road Safety Contribution

Vale of Glamorgan landlords Jennie and Digby Rees were presented with a Road Safety Wales Award 2016 in recognition of their continuing awareness of road safety in the rural village of Peterston Super Ely.

In the early 1990s, Jennie and Digby became alarmed by the congestion surrounding St. Bride’s Road – the main road through the village – during the local primary school’s start and finish times. As many of the school’s pupils came from outside of the village, the narrow roads became congested with an increasing number of parents dropping their children off for school, who would then have to cross the busy roads to get to their lessons.

With the safety of pupils in mind, Jennie and Digby approached the head teacher and governors of Peterston Super Ely Primary School, and offered the use of their parking facilities at the Three Horse Shoes for parents’ vehicles at the beginning and end of the school day.

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Wales By Bike - Promoting CRASH Cards

A new blog on is encouraging motorcyclists in Wales to carry a CRASH Card.

At some point in your motorcycle riding life you may have an ‘unscheduled dismount’ or you may be with a rider who does. CRASH is a set of easy to remember steps to keep you safe, as well as the unfortunate rider who has been involved in a collision.

One side of the card has the mnemonic 'CRASH'. The person making the 999 call is the most important person at the scene, because the information they give determines the response of the emergency services. The card follows a similar set of questions universally used by ambulance service control centres, and focuses on safety, the location of the collision, and how serious it is.

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Project 'EDWARD'

With 50 days to go until the first ‘European Day Without a Road Death’ (Project EDWARD), TISPOL has published a video suggesting ways for road users to get involved in the event.

Project EDWARD takes place on 21 September, and TISPOL, the European traffic police network, hopes all of its 30 member countries will participate.

Supported by Road Safety GB and other road safety stakeholders in the UK and across Europe, the event has been created to ‘re-energise the reduction of fatalities and serious injuries on Europe’s roads’.

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New Bespoke Driver Development Course Launched

RoSPA Fleet Safety has launched a new Driver Development Course that can be tailored to individual organisational and delegate requirements.

Designed to raise awareness of driver behaviour and encourage safe decision making, the bespoke course enables managers to meet their specific business needs and those of their individual drivers.

While the physical skill involved in driving for work is important, factors which affect driver behaviour such as stress and fatigue can put safety at risk. The Driver Development Course will encourage drivers to be honest about their own behaviour, to develop coping strategies for themselves as well as for the behaviour of other road users.

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Play Safe with Pokemon Go

Carmarthenshire residents are being urged to play safely with new virtual reality game Pokemon Go.

The council’s road safety team want to raise awareness of potential safety issues after some youths were seen playing the game on a busy dual carriageway in North Wales.

The game encourages players to catch virtual monsters found on real maps using GPS functions on smart phones.

Pokemon Go has become a world-wide phenomenon becoming the most successful game ever launched on mobile platforms.

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Clampdown on Drivers Flouting M4 Variable Speed Limits

Drivers who flout variable speed limits on a stretch of the M4 at Newport will face action as part of a clampdown.

The system, which aims to keep traffic moving between junctions 24 at Coldra and 28 at Tredegar Park, was introduced in 2011.

Economy and Infrastructure Secretary Ken Skates said speeding motorists will now face tougher enforcement action.

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Courtney Drives Off With Prize

An important driving course has given Pontygwaith’s Courtney Baber not only discounted access to essential additional motoring skills – but also a cheque for £250!

Pass Plus Cymru is a bespoke course for young drivers devised by Road Safety Wales to provide additional theory and practical training to inexperienced drivers, such as experience on the motorway and in narrow rural lanes.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council administers Pass Plus Cymru on behalf of nine local authorities using Welsh Government funding, which means young drivers only have to pay £20 for the course, which could costs up to £150.

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Partnership Working at Road Safety Awareness Event

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, South Wales Police and Rhondda Cynon Taf Road Safety Unit have worked in partnership to raise awareness on Road Safety.

The 3 day event which took place 5-7th July 2016 at Tonypandy Fire Station targeted at-risk groups in relation to road safety and was aimed at reducing the number of serious injuries and deaths in the Rhondda area.

Over the 3 days, 282 people from ITEC, Community Payback, People Plus and 4 schools; Llwyncelyn Infants, Tonypandy,  Cwm Clydach and SS Raphael & Gabriel Primary Schools attended.

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