37 Years Of Service To The Community

Popular School Crossing Patrol Officer Sandrea Howells of Stop and Call in Goodwick has hung up her hi-vis jacket after nearly four decades of helping children to cross the road in Fishguard.

Since 1981, Mrs Howells has helped several hundred schoolchildren to cross Vergam Terrace outside Holy Name Catholic Primary School.

The dedicated School Crossing Patrol Officer was presented with gifts and cards by pupils and staff at a special assembly last week, and thanked by Headteacher Abigail Davies for her hard work over many years, “Sandrea has kept generations of children safe, and the pupils and staff alike will miss her very much.”

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Winter Driving Advice From Gwent Police

As the cold weather creeps in this January, Gwent Police has issued advice so that drivers are prepared for varying conditions:

Make sure you adapt your driving for different situations; in the wet, fog and ice keep well back from the car in front and always drive more slowly in the dark.

  • Take extra care in bad weather – stopping distances double in wet weather and are ten times longer in ice and snow
  • In snow or particularly poor weather conditions, avoid driving altogether if you can
  • Plan your route before you set off and check the latest weather forecast
  • Watch out for other road users; pedestrians, cyclists motorcyclists and horse riders may be harder to see in poor weather
  • Try not to brake, accelerate or manoeuvre quickly to keep control of your vehicle
  • If you skid, ease off the accelerator but don’t brake suddenly

Maintain your vehicle: During the winter months especially it is always advised to make sure your wipers and lights are in good working order and your battery fully charged.

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Motorists Urged To Park Smart In Caerphilly

Caerphilly County Borough Council is set to take over civil parking enforcement duties from Gwent Police in April 2019.

The transfer of powers will allow the council to provide a co-ordinated and consistent approach to enforcement of traffi­c regulations and will help improve road safety, tra­ffic flow and reduce obstructions.

From April, civil enforcement o­fficers will undertake enforcement duties in towns and villages across the Caerphilly County Borough and if a vehicle is found to be parked unlawfully may issue a Penalty Charge Notice.

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RoSPA Road Safety Conference 2019

Policies and practical initiatives to protect Britain’s most vulnerable road users will be the theme for RoSPA’s annual Road Safety Conference, held on Wednesday, 13 February.

Despite Britain having some of the safest roads in the world, every year, thousands of road users are killed or injured whilst going about their daily lives. This conference looks at emerging issues, national strategies and practical initiatives aimed at individuals and local communities.

The conference is aimed at all road safety practitioners, researchers, policy makers and stakeholders, and will involve a number of interesting talks covering a range of topics, and networking opportunities throughout the day.

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Road Safety Operation in Denbigh

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit and Special Constabulary stopped and spoke to several motorists in Denbigh last weekend as part of ongoing efforts to reduce the number of casualties in the area.

In the operation, officers carried out vehicle and driver checks in and around the Denbigh area. Several TORs (Traffic Offence Reports) were given for defective lights, exhausts and tyres. Motorists were also given tickets for having illegal number plates and several breath tests and roadside drug tests were administered.

PC John Hewitt of the Roads Policing Department said, “We hope that the weekend’s operation will send a message to other motorists in the area and beyond. It was disappointing to find so many issues in the vehicles we checked, but this is why we carry out operations like this, to identify issues, make sure they are resolved, and remind drivers of their responsibilities.

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Experience Makes Teenager’s Wish Come True

Carmarthenshire County Council’s highways team has made a Carmarthen teenager’s wish come true, giving her a chance to ride in one of its gritting lorries.

Fifteen-year-old Ashleigh Harrison, of Johnstown, loves to see the gritting crews pass her front room window when they are dispatched from the nearby depot to treat county highways ahead of freezing weather conditions.

Ashleigh, a pupil of QE High School’s Canolfan Elfed inclusion centre for children with additional needs, keeps an eye on weather forecasts and waits to see the crews pass by with their flashing orange lights.

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