Making Journeys Safer for Everyone
Throughout this week, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, alongside colleagues from South Wales Police, Gwent Police and Local Authorities, will be out positively engaging with members of the community through their joint ‘Operation Options‘ initiative.
Operation Options allows the partner organisations to engage with drivers and passengers who break the law by failing to wear a seatbelt. The offending road users will be offered the option of accepting a fine or listening to an educational presentation delivered by the fire and rescue service on road safety and the dangers of poor decision making. The safety presentation aims to highlight the importance of wearing a seatbelt, even on short, familiar journeys, and how it can be the difference between life and death.
On Monday this week, 50 drivers were stopped and received an educational input. One vehicle was also seized for no licence, M.O.T or insurance and 3 tickets were issued for mobile phone use.
The ‘Domino Effect’ safety talk will also be delivered this week, with partners from Gwent Police, South Wales Police and GoSafe, to local schools and colleges targeting younger people aged 15-25 years old to help keep them safe as they start getting behind the wheel.
South Wales Fire and Rescue Service Road Traffic Collision Reduction Manager, Nev Thomas said:
“At South Wales Fire and Rescue Service we see first-hand the impact and effect each incident has on our communities. By utilising initiatives like Operation Options, we can help educate members of the community and discourage unsafe road and driving habits, ultimately reducing the number of incidents on our roads.”