Roads Policing Review Announced to Improve Safety

The Department for Transport (Dft) has announced a ground-breaking, two-year review of roads policing and traffic enforcement, in a bid to improve road safety. The review will consider how roads policing currently works, its effectiveness, and where improvements could be made or gaps bridged.

A pilot programme based on the review and consultation feedback, which could trial new initiatives and methods of working to see what works best in reducing road casualties, could begin as early as next year.

Road Safety Minister Michael Ellis said, “We have strong laws in place to ensure people are kept safe on our roads at all times.

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Transport Grants to Keep Neath Port Talbot Moving in 2019/20

Neath Port Talbot Council has been granted Welsh Government Transport Funding of more than £1.6m this year to help maintain and improve the County Borough’s roads, paths and cycle routes.

The grants have come from a variety of funds including the Local Transport Fund, Local Transport Network Fund, Active Travel Fund, Road Safety Capital Fund, Road Safety Revenue Fund and the Safe Routes in Communities project.

Neath Port Talbot Council Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Engineering, Councillor Ted Latham said, “We’re having a busy time improving, maintaining and updating our transport system.

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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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