News

05/09/2018

Project EDWARD 2018

The countdown to European Day Without A Road Death (Project EDWARD) is well and truly under way.  Taking place this year on Wednesday 19 September, everyone is asked to reflect on one simple question: 

What can I do for Road safety today?

Organised by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, Project EDWARD seeks to bring together everyone with an interest in reducing the number of people killed on our roads.  To assist partners a library of resources has been put together, with hints and tips on using the material.

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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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21/08/2018

Off to Nepal Thanks to Pass Plus Cymru

Congratulations go out to Susin Shakya from Swansea who is the winner of the recent Pass Plus Cymru quarterly prize draw. Susin received his prize of £250 from Amanda Howarth, Road Safety Officer at the Guildhall Swansea.

Susin commented that he thoroughly enjoyed the course which has given him confidence to travel on the M4 to Heathrow Airport on several occasions since completing his practical training.

“The prize will go towards a trip I’m planning to Nepal at the end of the year, thanks very much.”

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20/08/2018

Campaign Results from North Wales Police

The All Wales Anti-Drink and Drug Drive Summer Campaign, which coincided with the month-long World Cup, resulted in 174 arrests in the North Wales Police force area. During the campaign period 109 drivers were arrested for drink driving with a further 65 arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.

Temporary Superintendent Paul Joyce of the Roads Policing Unit said: “Despite warnings, in just over four weeks, 174 motorists have been arrested in north Wales following a roadside breath or drugs test.

“Using the latest technology we are better equipped than ever to detect those who are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you take that risk, it’s only a matter of time before you’re caught and put before the courts.

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14/08/2018

Drink Related Deaths in Great Britain 2016

Estimated figures, published by the Department for Transport on 9 August, show that there were 230 drink-drive related deaths in Great Britain during 2016, a year-on-year rise of 15%.

The DfT does not believe that the estimate, which is higher than the 2015 figure, is statistically significant, and is lower than the DfT’s initial estimate of 240 drink-drive related deaths in 2016.

The figures also show that:

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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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09/08/2018

We're All Going on a Summer Holiday

This Friday and Saturday are again expected to be busy days on the roads of the UK, with people travelling to airports, ferry ports and to holiday destinations in the UK and Europe.  A single breakdown could cause further disruption to your journey, so it pays to be prepared before you set off.

A few simple checks around your car, motorhome, trailer or caravan can save you from spending time on the hard shoulder or waiting for a recovery service to arrive.

  • Check oil and coolant levels following the instructions in the handbook.
  • Check the condition of the tyres, (including the spare, if you have one) for correct pressures and legal tread depth.  Check also that the tyre walls are undamaged, with no bulges or cracking.
  • Make sure the jack and wheel brace are in correct working order. If locking wheel nuts are fitted, ensure the locking key is stored safely in the vehicle.
  • Check all the exterior lights are working correctly, including on a caravan or trailer.
  • Never overload your vehicle, trailer or caravan beyond their designed carrying capacity.
  • Check all wiper blades for wear or splitting, check the windscreen washer fluid level and check that the washer jets are adjusted correctly

 Finally, leave plenty of time for your journey, especially if you need to catch a flight or a ferry.  Take plenty of breaks, stay hydrated and have a great trouble free holiday.

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09/08/2018

Road Safety in Monmouthshire

Monmouthshire's Road Safety Team has produced a Newsletter outlining the work that has been going on throughout the County during the Summer Term.

The Newsletter is sent out to all primary schools, but if you haven't had an opportunity to see a copy you can download one below.  For further information on any of the programmes and training opportunities for teachers, volunteers and children please contact Roadsafety@monmouthshire.gov.uk.  You can also keep up to date with the programme for schoolsl by folloiwng their Twitter account Mon Road Safety (@Mon_roadsafety).

Summer Newsletter (English)

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