Powerful Message for Young Road Users

A graphic message demonstrating the consequences of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol has been delivered to young people in Pembrokeshire.

Targeted at new - or soon to be – drivers, the road safety event ‘Get Smashed’ recreated first-hand the effects of a devastating road accident through sights, sounds and smells.

Young people watched a DVD entitled ‘Could you live with yourself?’ which reflects the crash which killed motorcycle passenger Karen Boulcott in 2006.

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Be Seen This Halloween

Parents across Carmarthenshire are being reminded to make sure their children can ‘Be seen this Halloween’.

The council’s road safety team has launched its annual ‘be seen’ campaign to coincide with the clocks going back on Sunday, October 27.

With the darker mornings and nights coming in, children are being encouraged to wear bright clothing. Parents could also consider investing in fluorescent / reflective armbands or tabards to help keep their children safe when out and about near roads.

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Green Light for Car Chargers

Local authorities in Gwent have been awarded £459,000 from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to install electric vehicle charge points in car parks in residential areas.

Thanks to the funding the five local authorities (Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen) will work to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure across 33 local authority car parks in Gwent - installing up to 73 fast charge points.

The joint bid was put together by the authorities aided by the Energy Saving Trust and submitted by Blaenau Gwent Council. The project has also been supported financially by the Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales who funded a feasibility study.

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£1million of Active Travel Schemes Delivered in Ceredigion in 2018-19

Ceredigion County Council has recently published its Annual Active Travel Report which contains details of £1million worth of new cycling and walking schemes delivered in Ceredigion during the 2018-19 financial year.

Details of Welsh Government grants and match-funding contributions from the council and other partners are included in the report for schemes such as the new shared use path between Bow Street and the IBERS Campus. This path will help link the new Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus development site to the Bow Street Rail Station, which is scheduled to open next year. The council is currently working on proposals to extend the shared use path towards Penrhyncoch.

Innovative cycle infrastructure such as cycle wheel ramps, public bike repair stations, new e-bike charging stations and new cycle shelters were installed at various locations in Aberystwyth to further enhance provision for cyclists.

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All Aboard for the Walking Bus at Tynewydd Primary School

Tynewydd Primary School in Newbridge are the latest school in Caerphilly County Borough to take part in the walking bus initiative as part of International Walk to School Month.

Pupils were joined by staff, parents, the council’s road safety officer and Alfie the dog earlier this week as they set off on their first walking bus from the centre of Newbridge.

20 Caerphilly primary schools across the county have a walking bus and regularly hold assemblies and lessons to teach pupils about road safety.

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Public Safety Warning Over Manhole Cover Thefts

Neath Port Talbot Council is alerting members of the public to a spate of manhole cover thefts in the Aberavon area of the town.

Around 23 thefts, believed to have taken place between late on October 16th and early on October 17th, have been discovered by Council staff though there could be more with the possibility of injuries to people who do not see the missing covers.

A Council spokesman said: “The thefts appear to be centred on the Old Aberavon area of Port Talbot, particularly in and around Castle Street.

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Drug Driving Concerns for Police in Pembrokeshire

Sixteen drivers have been arrested for drink and drug driving in the first three weeks of October, Pembrokeshire's Roads Policing Unit has revealed. The figure is greater than for the whole of September, causing concern.

The Sergeant in charge of the team, Justin Williams, said: “One person driving under the influence is one too many, so this number is really worrying. There is absolutely no excuse for it, and the consequences can be devastating.

“The message we want to get out to motorists is that if you drive under the influence of drink or drugs you risk killing or seriously injuring yourself or someone else. Could you live with that?”

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Local Road and Footway Improvements in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Since April, 98 highway improvement schemes have been completed by Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC, worth a total of £6.3m; with a further 84 schemes to be delivered by March 2020.

An report to the council’s Cabinet on 17 October, outlined the progress made since the three-year £23.5m package for highways maintenance, covering the period 2019-22, began on 1 April, 2019.

The capital programme, agreed by Full Council in March 2019, ensures the fabric of the highways network in protected and is a proactive approach aimed at avoiding expensive repairs when roads are left to reach the end of their design life. It is therefore a cost-effective option in the long term, ensuring communities benefit from better roads and footways.

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Operation Confine: Targeting Motor Insurance Fraud

A North Wales Police initiative to disrupt criminal activity has seen over 300 insurance policies being cancelled thanks to ongoing work led by the Roads Policing Unit in conjunction with local policing teams.

Operation Confine involves targeting those who cause the most harm within communities and who have failed to disclose previous convictions to their insurance companies. The initiative sees officers focusing on the problem of ‘application fraud’ where they suspect an individual has not disclosed required material information to the relevant insurance company.

Temporary Chief Inspector Dave Cust from the Roads Policing Unit said, “When we make enquires into whether an individual has disclosed information such as unspent motoring or criminal convictions, depending on what a particular company asks, we’re not disclosing anything other than what the policy holder should have told them.

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Crash Detectives Make Their BAFTA Cymru Deput

Last night Gwent Police’s Crash Detectives along with Chief Constable Pam Kelly attended the Welsh BAFTAs in Cardiff city centre.

Nominated for Best Factual Series, Crash Detectives has given audiences a rare insight inside how Gwent’s dedicated forensic collision investigators deal with serious incidents on the roads. Although the team did not scoop the BAFTA prize, ‘Velindre: Hospital of Hope’ was a very worthy winner.

BAFTA Cymru Awards honour excellence in broadcasting and production within film, games and television in Wales and inspire the next generation of creative talent.

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