Kerbcraft Volunteer Shares His Experiences

Don Leahy, a long-standing volunteer with the Kerbcraft scheme in Monmouthshire recently explained why he’s committed to helping children to stay safe as pedestrians.

“About 10 years ago, that’s when I began my ‘career’ as a Kerbcraft volunteer. Working with children who are 6 or 7 years old has proven to be the single most satisfying experience of my long working life.

“These children are, in the main, incredibly keen to learn. Watching them change from nervous, insecure pedestrians into confident, safety-conscious youngsters is a joy to behold and the pleasure I get, when they tell me how to cross the road safely, is truly immense. This is the ultimate test for me and shows that all of the time spent with them has been completely worthwhile.

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Road Safety Lesson For Ruthin Pupils

Safety conscious pupils at Rhos Street School in Ruthin have been learning about speed reduction by getting to grips with some of the technology used to enforce speed limits.

Pupils from the school have been chosen as designated Road Safety Officers, as part of the national Kerbcraft initiative, a child pestestrian safety project targeting five to seven year olds in schools. In Kerbcraft the children are taken out of school by Co-ordinator Rebecca Musgrave and trained volunteer parents, in groups of no more than three, to learn three main skills: choosing safe places and routes to cross the road; crossing safely at parked cars and crossing safely near junctions.

In their latest road safety lesson, they were introduced to PCSO David Jones from North Wales Police who talked about the dangers of speed and demonstrated some of the technology used on the roadside to monitor the speed of vehicles. They were taken to a location near the Glasdir Estate, Ruthin, where they were able to have a go at using the equipment and recording the speeds.

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The Return Of Operation Tramline

A week of action along the M4 Motorway has recently been undertaken by South Wales Police, Dyfed Powys Police and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). An unmarked HGV has been used to give officers an elevated position in order to detect a range of motoring offences.

Wayne Tucker, Road Safety Manager at South Wales Police said, “Recently, through Operation Tramline, 63 vehicles were stopped and a total of 98 offences detected. These included 48 seatbelt offences and 14 mobile phone offences.

“In addition, officers dealt with 29 construction and use offences, including illegal tyres and defective lights.

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Operation SNAP Recognised At The Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards

Since 1987 the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards have given recognition to those who have improved road safety internationally.

On the 11th December, the Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership (GoSafe) attended the prestigious gala presentation at The Savoy, London, to be presented with an award by HRH Prince Michael of Kent for their innovative Operation SNAP initiative.

Operation SNAP was devised in response to requests from the public for police to deal with traffic offences detected by media such as dashcam, helmet cameras or personal video. It was the first project of this kind in the UK, utilising processes and resources established by GoSafe.

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Choose Wisely

North Wales Police officers arrested 19 people in the first week of the Winter Anti Drink and Drug Driving Campaign. Of those arrests, 13 were made in relation to drink driving and six for drug driving.

The highest breath test reading of the campaign so far has been 146mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath - the legal limit is 35mg.

Inspector Dave Cust, from North Wales Police' Roads Policing Unit, said, "It is disappointing that a small minority of people are still intent on ignoring our messages, despite our repeated warnings.

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Vale Student Wins Pass Plus Cymru Quarterly Prize Draw

Chloe Cotter, from Penarth, was randomly selected by Road Safety Wales, as the winner of the latest Pass Plus Cymru quarterly prize draw. Chloe will receive £250, after she completed and returned an evaluation questionnaire on Pass Plus Cymru.

Pass Plus Cymru is an enhanced version of the standard Pass Plus course and is supported by the Driving Standards Agency.

It is a short expert-led higher driving course designed to develop techniques, increase awareness and widen experience. It is available to young people aged 17-25 in Wales for just £20 as the remaining cost is covered by the Welsh Government through grant funding to the local authorities.

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Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund

Transport Secretary Ken Skates has announced that active travel links, electric car charging facilities and road improvement projects across Wales are all set to benefit from a share of £78m of funding from the Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund.

The funding, which has been given the green light by Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford, will be broken down into £26million instalments over the three financial years from 2018/19 onwards. All 22 local authorities in Wales who made bids for funding to the Welsh Government, with a total of 82 applications totalling £34million, will receive an allocation from the additional in-year funding.

More than 60 projects will either be partially or fully funded during the remainder of 2018/19, with these schemes also providing an additional £7.2million in match funding.

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Keeping Your Motorcycle Secure

North Wales Police is urging motorcyclists to ensure their vehicles are safe and secure following a recent spate of thefts. Sgt Dafydd Curry said, “We are advising everyone who owns a motorcycle to ensure their vehicles are secure and not easily accessible or visible, following the increase in thefts from the north Gwynedd area.”

The following security tips for owners of motorcycles or scooters has been issued:

  • Always put a steering lock on
  • If your motorcycle or scooter doesn’t already have one, 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
  • The most important thing to remember is to secure your motorcycle to a solid object that can’t be moved
  • When not in use, put your motorcycle or scooter in a garage or a secure outbuilding with a fixed or ground anchor to secure it to inside the building. If you can, 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 up, even when you are at home. Some motorcycles and scooters are stolen to order, so a motorcycle spotted by a thief today could be stolen tomorrow

Safer Parking Advice

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Operation Utah

Gwent Police recently joined forces with a wide range of partner agencies in Caerphilly for the latest staging of Operation Utah, an intervention which focusses on criminals using the roads and on defective vehicles.

During the operation, which is aided by the use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras, 56 vehicles were ushered into the Gallagher Retail Park by police officers and were checked for a variety of issues by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

Representatives from Caerphilly Council Taxi Licensing and Scrap Metal Licensing also assisted with the operation, checking for tachograph offences and inadequate record keeping.

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Home Safely On Safe Tyres

TyreSafe, the UK’s tyre safety charity, has launched a new awareness campaign aimed at all those parent chauffeurs taking their children to swimming, music lessons, drama, dance, football, karate and the innumerable other activities they enjoy. By the time their child is 20, they are likely to have spent over 3,000 hours driving them around - that’s 125 days non-stop motoring.

Parents can clock up over 30 miles a week driving their children to different clubs and hobbies or 1,500 miles a year, almost the same as driving from Land’s End to John O’Groats and back. And it’s not just them clocking up the miles, it’s their tyres too.

While it’s the driver’s responsibility to check them and keep them in good condition, worryingly a recent TyreSafe survey revealed that more than one in four parents may be driving with illegal or poorly maintained tyres.

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