Road Safety Wales Partners Meet for the 2019 Conference

A one-day conference took place yesterday (10 July) in Llandridod Wells, Powys, exploring developments in road safety practice. The annual event, which is free to member organisations, provides valuable networking between professionals and the opportunity to hear from a range of highly regarded presenters.

The conference programme, introduced by the Chair of Road Safety Wales, Teresa Ciano, featured eleven presentations, with the morning session including presentations from Dr Gemma Briggs (The Open University) on distracted driving and the cost of not paying attention; Dr Helen Wells (Keele University) on Mobile:Engaged and Danielle Carvell on Crown Commercial Service’s role in road safety procurement.

Rebecca Needham (RoSPA) outlined the latest developments in road safety evaluation. Followed by Andrew Rustage and David Thomas (DVLA Enforcement) with an eye-opening presentation of the vehicle defects encountered on British roads.

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Police Recorded Road Casualties, Wales, 2018

The Welsh Government has published Police Recorded Road Casualties, Wales, 2018, which includes information on severity of injury and type of road user.

Key points

  • In 2018 police forces in Wales recorded 4,215 road accidents involving personal injury, 333 fewer (7.3% lower) than in 2017.
  • These recorded accidents resulted in 5,759 casualties, 435 fewer than in 2017
  • There has been a long-term fall in personal injury road accidents recorded by police forces in Wales.
  • In recent years the number of accidents resulting in serious injury or fatalities has been relatively stable, with the overall decline in accidents accounted for by a continued fall in ‘slight’ injury accidents.

 Within the 5,759 casualties:

  • 103 people were killed, 2 more (2.0% higher) than in 2017
  • 1,028 people were seriously injured, 69 higher (7.2% more) than in 2017.
  • 4,628 people were slightly injured, 506 fewer (19.4% fewer) than 2017.

The Welsh Government has set three targets to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) on Welsh roads by 2020, when compared with the average for 2004-08.

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Young Driver Revolutions Course

Revolutions is a one-day training course aimed at educating young drivers aged 15 to 25 years old in the Fatal 5 Road Safety message which includes:

  • The importance of wearing a seatbelt
  • The effects of drugs and alcohol when driving
  • The effects of being distracted by other passengers
  • The use of mobile phones and phone safety
  • Speeding awareness
  • Emergency First Aid

The experienced instructor uses an interactive Powerpoint presentation, immersive 360 virtual reality, case studies and practical modules to cater for all learning styles.

Course Dates

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Operation Targeting Drink Drivers in Monmouthshire

Drink driving is still an important priority for Gwent Police and last Friday, 7th June, the East Area Support Unit and local officers ran a specialist traffic operation to make the roads around Chepstow, Tintern and Caldicot a safer place.

During the eleven hour operation a total of 9 people were arrested, two vehicles were seized and three Traffic Offence Reports (TORs) were issued.

 The full results were:

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Cruz Cymru 2019

Tomorrow, Saturday 15 June, brings the much anticipated return of Cruz Cymru at the Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd. Now in its third year, this popular event is attracting a growing number of car and motorcycle clubs that have the event fixed in their annual calendar.

Hosted by Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Cruz Cymru runs from 11am-3pm and is FREE to attend; the day includes road safety partners as well as fire and rescue service personnel from all over Wales.

The attending clubs will be showcasing their impressive, pristine vehicles along with trade stands, competitions and a special appearance by Welsh rally driver Osian Pryce.

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ParkRight Campaign Spreads The Safety Message

A comprehensive campaign to ensure residents of Newport are aware of the local authority taking on Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) is being hailed a success.

A variety of messages, using the #ParkRight tag, have been put up on Newport City Council’s social media channels including the website, Facebook and Twitter.

They all emphasise that motorists need to observe the rules of the Highway Code – and if everyone follows these then the city will be a safer place for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists alike.

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Award for Buckley Speed Watch Volunteers

A group of resident volunteers in Buckley, Flintshire have been recognised for their dedication to road safety and raising awareness of the dangers of speeding in the area through their speed watch work.

Since 2016 the Buckley Community Speed Watch team completed 359 speed watch sessions, put in a total of 2,111 hours between them in all weathers, recorded 5,517 vehicles at the roadside exceeding the speed limit and are responsible for 5,124 letters being sent to registered keepers.

John Morris Community Speed Watch Manager said; “ I would like to thank all the Community Speed Watch volunteers in North Wales and in particular the Buckley team for giving their time to help make our roads in North Wales safer.

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M4 Newport Next Steps

Following the statement made by the First Minister setting out his decision on the M4 Project, Ken Skates AM – Minister for Economy and Infrastructure has made a statement on the next steps planned:

“The First Minister has indicated that we will act decisively to address the problems of motorway congestion in south east Wales.

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Avoid Overloading With Free Caravan and Campervan Weight Checks

Residents in Conwy and Denbighshire who own caravans or campervans are urged to take advantage of free weight checks and safety advice, to make sure they stay on the right side of the law.

Officers of Conwy Trading Standards, Denbighshire Trading Standards, and North Wales Police Community Safety section are offering free “Check Your Weight” sessions at the Weighbridge on the A525 between Rhuddlan and St Asaph on the following dates and times.

  • 7 June – 12 noon – 4pm
  • 21 June – 12 noon – 4pm
  • 19 July – 9am – 1pm
  • 2 August – 12 noon – 4pm
  • 16 August – 12 noon – 4pm

People do not need to make an appointment, so can simply pop along between the listed times and dates to find out if their vehicles are within the legal weights. While there, they can chat about the security of their caravan or campervan with an officer of North Wales Police Community Safety Team.

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Police Response to Road Safety Concerns in Radyr

Since early 2018, residents of Radyr, Cardiff have expressed concern regarding heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) on Heol Isaf. In response to local concerns, the Fairwater Neighbourhood Policing Team has launched Operation Blue Labrador to reassure the community and deter anyone from breaking the law.

Heol Isaf is an environmental weight restricted road, meaning that HGVs over 7.5 tonnes are restricted from using this road unless they require access in order to make a delivery. The aims of Operation Blue Labrador are to enforce, educate and empower residents.

Enforcement - To commit an offence in respect of the weight restriction, the vehicle must travel the entire length of Heol Isaf without needing to stop to make a delivery at an address only accessible via Heol Isaf. The police carry out monthly checks and any vehicle found to be breaching weight restrictions is stopped and the driver is issued with a Traffic Offence Report (TOR).

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