SWFRS World and UK Extrication Champions

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service has been hailed as World and UK extrication champions.

The world beating team of six took on the UK Fire and Rescue Services to retain the national title for the second year in a row.

Just one week after being named as World Champions in Romania, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s team of six from Bridgend have also retained their national champion title after competing at the United Kingdom National Rescue Challenge in Hull. This double success in consecutive years has never been achieved by any team before.

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Motorcycle Security Reminder

North Wales Police are reminding motorcyclists to take security measures to reduce the risk of their vehicle being stolen.

There are a number of ways that you can help to make the theft of your vehilce more difficult, or recovery of it easier.

  • Have an approved electronic immobiliser professionally fitted.
  • If you have a security device fitted, always use it. A wide variety of locks can be used, such as chains or padlocks, disc locks and D locks.
  • Secure your motorbike to a solid object that can’t be moved.
  • Always put a steering lock on.
  • When not in use, put it in a garage or secure outbuilding with a fixed or ground anchor. Fit a good lock and an alarm system to your garage or outbuilding.
  • Don’t leave your garage open and make sure your vehicle is covered, even when you are at home. Some motorbikes and scooters are stolen to order, so a motorbike spotted by a thief could be stolen later.
  • Mark your motorbike with its vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • Think about where you park your bike; use a parking space built specifically for motorbikes or scooters. They will have stands or security loops.

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Virtual Reality App to Teach Road Safety to Children

A virtual reality app is being developed at the University of South Wales (USW) to help teach road safety to primary school children.

USW academic Dr Catherine Purcell (Psychology), an expert in the link between perception and action at the roadside, is leading the project alongside co-investigator Dr Mike Reddy (Computing), a games design expert, after they were awarded funding from the Road Safety Trust (RST).

The funding is being used to develop a virtual reality game-based road safety education app, which will be tested for ‘proof-of-concept’ in Welsh primary schools.

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Stop Means Stop Reminder

Motorists in Carmarthenshire are being reminded to stop when signalled by our school crossing patrol officers.

With the start of the new school term in September, the council’s road safety team is launching its annual ‘Stop Means Stop’ campaign.

When a school crossing patrol displays their stop sign, motorists must stop.

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Vehicles Seized During Road Safety Operation

A driver has been fined £800 at the roadside after breaching HGV drivers’ hours offences.

The 25-year-old, who was driving a 44-ton vehicle that is registered in the Republic of Ireland, was stopped only two weeks-ago for similar offences whilst travelling along the A55 on Anglesey.

The driver was stopped as part of a road safety impact day carried out by the Roads Policing Unit and Commercial Vehicle Unit at the weighbridge in Dalar Hir. A vehicle examiner from North Wales Police’ Forensic Collision Investigation Unit also joined the team to inspect vehicles and a Special Constable from the Force Specials Road Safety Unit assisted during the day.

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Support for Project Edward

On 21 September 2017, Project EDWARD (European Day Without a Road Death), will provide another fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of road safety across 30 European countries.

There are many ways that you could support Project EDWARD:

  • log onto the website and sign the pledge. More importantly stick to the promises;
  • record a message of support from your organisation and submit it (mobile phone footage is fine);
  • ask your IT Department to post the website and information on your work intranet to raise awareness and encourage support from your workplace colleagues;
  • tweet about Project EDWARD or post it on your Facebook page, and use the #PROJECTEdward;
  • ask your corporate communications department for their support through re-tweets and sharing Project EDWARD information on 21 September;

You could also let the Project EDWARD team know what you are planning so that they can publicise it on the website.

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Motorway Lessons for Learner Drivers

Learner drivers will be able to have lessons on motorways in a bid to improve road safety, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced today (13 August 2017).

The law change will be active from 2018, when learners will be allowed on motorways with an approved driving instructor in a dual control car. This will provide a broader range of real life experiences and better prepare learners for independent driving when they pass their test.

Currently learners cannot drive on a motorway until after they have passed their test. This means the first experience of motorway driving for many is as a new driver without the guidance of a driving instructor or the safety of a dual control car.

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Child Car Seat Fitting Help

Parents are encouraged to watch a new video produced to highlight common ‘routing’ problems, which could endanger the lives of young children being carried in car seats.

The Good Egg Safety video, shows parents how to fix simple errors such as where the carry handle should be safely positioned on the seat. Good Egg Safety says the thousands of free child-car seat checks it carries out across the UK each year have shown that the errors highlighted in the video are on the rise.

As well as watching the video, Good Egg Safety is recommending that parents re-read their car seat instruction manual.

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The New Driving Test Explained

The DVSA has published information for driving instructors outlining what their pupils can expect from the changes to the driving test.

The redesigned test will be launched on 4 December, and is designed to ensure that newly qualified drivers have the skills, knowledge and confidence to drive on their own.

The blog post features a number of short videos highlighting the changes in action, together with an explanation of the instructions that will be given to pupils.

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Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain (Alcohol)

Reported road casualties in Great Britain: Estimates for accidents involving illegal Alcohol levels 2015: (Final)

Final estimates for 2015 show that 200 people were killed in accidents in Great Britain where at least one driver was over the drink drive limit.

  • Although the final estimate for 2015 shows that the number of fatalities has fallen by 40 since 2014, this change is not statistically significant.

  • 1,370 people were estimated to ahve been killed or seriously injured in drink drive accidents. This represents a statistically significant rise from 1,310 in 2014, and is the highest estimate since 2012.

  • The estimated total number of accidents where at least one driver was over the alcohol limit rose by 2 percent to 5,730 in 2015.

  • Since 1979 there has been a 71 per cent reduction in the number of drink drive accidents, and a 73 per cent reduction in casualties.

The full bulletin can be found here

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