Reported Road Casualties Great Britain, 2017

This annual report provides an overview of reported road casualties in 2017 for Great Britain.

It provides the number of personal injury road traffic accidents in Great Britain that were reported by the police in 2017 using the STATS19 reporting system. It also includes the number of people killed or injured in road accidents and classifies these by road user group.

There were 24,831 serious injuries in road traffic accidents reported to the police in 2017. However, comparison of this figure with previous years should be viewed with caution due to changes in systems for severity reporting by some police forces.

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Celebrating a Silver Anniversary

Crucial Crew is getting ready to mark its 25th anniversary in Pembrokeshire.

With the continued support of South Hook LNG, Pembrokeshire County Council is again bringing together agencies providing focused safety input to around 1,400 schoolchildren.

During the past 25 years, thousands of Pembrokeshire youngsters have received important safety insights through the annual Crucial Crew scheme. From understanding basic first aid, road and coastal safety to recognising domestic abuse situations and online awareness, children continue to be guided through realistic scenarios that promote the importance of staying safe. 

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UKRO Challenge 2018 Comes to Cardiff Bay

There's still time to visit Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff Bay for the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) Challenge. UKRO is a charitable organisation, which "aims to drive the national agenda on road death reduction, by pushing vehicle extrication to its professional pinnacle and showcasing other rescue disciplines."

Running until Sunday 30 September, the exciting event is a chance for emergency services personnel to demonstrate techniques across all rescue disciplines. The Safety Village will host a range of fun activities and the venue provides a tremendous view of the action, including:

  • Vehicle extrication
  • Trauma care
  • USAR (urban search & rescue)
  • Rope rescue
  • Water rescue

South Wales Fire Service Rescue Teams have a very successful history in competing at regional, national and world level; with the Bridgend Extrication Team holding the titles of world and UK champions in 2016 and 2017.

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National Eye Health Week

National Eye Health Week takes place between 24th and 30th September 2018, which aims to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular eye tests.

Good eyesight is vital when using the road, no matter what age you are. Drivers and motorcyclists must be able to read a vehicle registration plate from a distance of 20 metres (or 20.5 metres if the vehicle was registered before September 2001) wearing glasses or contact lenses if required.

If you’re finding it difficult to read road signs, particularly those with text, it could indicate that your eyesight has deteriorated and you may require corrective lenses. If you’re finding it harder to see clearly in the dark, this may also mean you need to wear glasses or contact lenses.

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No Dropping, No Stopping, No Excuses

In response to issues around schools with some drivers parking on zig-zag lines, Neath Port Talbot’s road safety team along with South Wales Police and Mid and West Fire and Rescue Service, have launched a fresh campaign to raise the profile of safe parking around local Primary schools.

Road Safety Primary School Coordinator, Chloe Lyons is currently delivering assemblies in every Primary school throughout Neath Port Talbot, talking to the children about the importance of being safe on the journey to and from school, encouraging children to tell parents to park safely and other road safety issues.

As part of this campaign the road safety team, supported by the police and fire service, have purchased “No dropping, No stopping, No excuses” banners. Each school in the county is receiving a banner to put outside their school to encourage parents to keep off the zig-zag lines.

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Child Car Seat Information for Parents

The recent publication of a new Which? mystery shopper investigation into the sale of child car seats, may have left many parents wondering where they can get information to make the right choice when shopping for a child car seat.

A good place to start would be RoSPA’s Child Car Seats website, which will give you information to help you understand the different types of child car seats, how to choose the most suitable one and how to ensure it is correctly fitted.

If you prefer to gain information through e-learning, then a new free online course from CarSeatSmarter may be just what you are looking for.  Developed by Avon and Somerset Police in partnership with several other organisations, the course consists of six short videos on different car seat related topics.  After each of the films, there’s a short task to ensure your understanding.  All of the videos have been designed to help you navigate through the buying, installing and using child car seats.  The course can be accessed through the CarSeatSmarter website.

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Dyfed-Powys Police Open Day

Dyfed-Powys Police will be opening its doors on Sunday 16th September to proudly give communities a behind-the-scenes view of policing at their celebratory Open Day, to be held at Police HQ, Llangunnor, Carmarthen.

The event is an opportunity for communities to come together and celebrate its 50th year as one service.

On the 1st April 1968 Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire Constabulary, the Mid Wales Constabulary and the Pembrokeshire Police came together to form Dyfed-Powys Constabulary, making it the largest police force geographically in England and Wales. The name changed to Dyfed-Powys Police in 1974.

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First 999 Emergency Services Day Honoured by Council

Flintshire County Council honoured the first 999 Emergency Services Day by flying the flag at County Hall.

The Chairman of the Council, Councillor Paul Cunningham welcomed everyone to the ceremony by saying:

“We are here to raise the 999 flag at 9am on the 9th day of the 9th month, which explains the earliness of the hour – but we do know that our emergency services never sleep.

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Proposed End to Daylight Saving Time

Responding to the news that the EU commission will recommend the abolition of daylight savings time, following a public poll, RoSPA Chief Executive Errol Taylor said:

“We cautiously welcome the findings of the poll undertaken by the commission.

“The proposal is in its very early stages, and there is much more detail yet to be announced that would need to be carefully considered before a definitive decision is made.

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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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