Surround The Town: Working Together for Safe Driving and Local Policing Priorities
Today, Gwent Police is working in partnership with GoSafe, Newport City Council and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, to tackle road safety and local crime priorities. ‘Surround The Town’ will be running across Newport with multiple teams working across the city.
Through close partnership working the aim of the operation is to support the people of Newport and ensure they can live, work and visit in a safe environment. To do this the joint operation will encompass a number of initiatives that cover motoring offences, parking and local enforcement, collision and speed awareness, anti-social behaviour, drug offences and organised crime groups.
The operation will involve various key activities, including:
- Proactive stops by police on cars, targeting areas of concern around the city
- Enforcement of speeding, mobile phone, seatbelts and other road traffic offences
- Driver awareness around cyclists and road safety
- Parking enforcement
- Engagement with residents about abandoned vehicles
- Local policing priorities including; off-road bikes, anti-social behaviour, drug use / supply and organised crime groups
Gwent Police GoSafe Co-ordinator, Sergeant Jason Williams said, “'Surround The Town' is an initiative which aims to improve the lives of all who live, work and visit Newport. We all have the right to use the roads safely and through working together as partners, we hope that our messages will make a difference.
“We know that the majority of road users comply with speed limits, ensure they wear a seatbelt and do not use their mobile phones when behind the wheel. This operation is targeting the minority who do not. Through educating them on the dangers and consequences we hope to see an increase in compliance. Surround the town will be visible across the city at various points of the day."
South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Road Traffic Reduction Station Manager, Stuart Townsend said; “This is a great opportunity to work in partnership in reducing incidents on our roads.
“Our fire teams look to use education and prevention and will be on hand to provide information, advice and guidance on all road safety matters including highlighting the risks relating to the Fatal 5 which includes drink/drug driving, reducing speed, careless driving and wearing a seatbelt. Far too many people are seriously injured and killed in driving incidents, so anything we can do which gets the message across about being safe, sensible and considerate of other roads users is crucial.
“We'll be engaging with cyclists and drivers through raising awareness to reduce the number of accidents caused by not allowing enough space whilst overtaking. We'll also be putting a crashed car within Friars Walk shopping centre, to engage with shoppers around how simple steps on keeping safe on the road can ultimately save lives.”
As well as the vehicle in Friars Walk shopping centre, Gwent Police’s Crash Detectives will visit the city centre to reinforce the message around the consequences of road traffic collisions. Students at the University of South Wales Newport campus will also have the opportunity to see road safety films through virtual reality, courtesy of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service.
Newport City Council enforcement officers will also be out to look at parking issues. A spokesperson said, “Newport City Council is delighted to be able to support the 'Surround The Town' initiative with its partners.
“Civil Parking Enforcement officers will be visible in the town centre carrying out their duties to ensure the city is a safe place for pedestrians and motorists.”
Surround The Town aims to reduce anti-social behaviour on the streets and roads of Newport, addressing issues that affect the city, through a single day of action that will demonstrate what the emergency services and partners tackle every day whilst educating the public.