Looking Out For Vulnerable Road Users As The Clocks Change

With the clocks being turned back one hour this weekend and daylight hours growing shorter, Road Safety Wales is reminding road users to take extra care and remain vigilant when out and about in the dark.

The arrival of autumn often brings worsening weather and reduced visibility, increasing the risk of collisions, particularly involving vulnerable road users such as children, older people, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

Teresa Ciano, Chair of Road Safety Wales, called for extra vigilance as darker evenings begin; “Darkness creates more challenging conditions for road users. Motorists should drive considerately and reduce their speed to meet the traffic and weather conditions.

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Update on 20mph Speed Limit in Flintshire

Flintshire County Council is now in a position to provide an update on the proposal to implement a 20mph speed limit across the residential areas of Buckley, New Brighton and Mynydd Isa.

The proposal is now progressing to the next stage, following discussions with the Welsh Government and is aimed at supporting the development of a national roll out of 20mph speed limits across Wales.  

Following a detailed consultation process, all unclassified roads (30mph) in the proposed area will be reduced to 20mph with the exception of the A549 between Wylfa Roundabout and Dirty Mile, Dobshill (this will also become 20mph if, as proposed, the national rollout begins in 2023).  

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Gwent Police Ask Drivers to ‘Look Once, Look Twice, Think Bike’

 By distance travelled, motorcyclists have the highest rate of death or serious injury of all road users.

Gwent Police is launching a campaign emphasising the need for car drivers to take a second look for motorcycles, and for bikers to take personal responsibility for riding safely.

The campaign is reminding drivers that under the crash helmet is a real person with a job, commitments, a valued place in their community, and loved ones who are waiting for them to come home.

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Launch of the Active Travel to School Toolkit

A new Active Travel to School Toolkit, the culmination of a long process of discussion and engagement involving over 100 organisations and individuals - adults and children - from across Wales has been launched.

Huw Irranca-Davies, Chair of the cross-party group in the Senedd launching the toolkit said, “It sets out all the reasons why we need to change and suggests ways of making walking and cycling to school easier and more attractive.

“The solutions range from ambitious new paths to something as simple as making sure children have somewhere to store wet weather gear.

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Launch of Pembrokeshire's Crucial Crew

Partner Agencies gathered at South Hook LNG recently, for the launch of November's month-long safety campaign with Pembrokeshire schools.

Working in partnership with the financial support of South Hook LNG, Pembrokeshire County Council is once again bringing together teams from Road Safety, School Transport, Domestic Abuse Services, Food Safety/ Food Standards Agency, Dyfed Powys Police, Mid and West Wales Fire Service, Welsh Ambulance Services, RNLI, Western Power and Network Rail, to provide focused safety learning to around 1,400 school children.

Being held via video learning for the second year, schools are being encouraged to include Crucial Crew in classroom discussions throughout November. Films from each of the Agencies provide valuable safety messages, for a range of situations in which youngsters may find themselves; from first aid and bus safety to staying safe online and whist in the vicinity of railway tracks. A visit will be arranged for each school from a partner agency in the month of November to support their learning.

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Road Safety Wales Social Media Competition

To promote the Fatal 5 message, we are inviting schools, colleges and youth organisations in Wales to devise, perform and record a short film that will warn of the dangers and consequences of drink/drug driving, speed, careless driving, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone whilst driving.

The winning entries will be shared on Road Safety Wales Partner social media channels to raise awareness about the Fatal 5.

You may wish to consider an entry on the theme of 20mph speed limits, which is planned to become the default limit for residential areas of Wales by April 2023.

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Over 40 vehicles checked and two people arrested as part of latest operation to crack down on motoring offences

Operation Utah – a multi-agency day of action – is designed to identify and tackle road users putting other motorists at risk – either by driving illegally or by driving vehicles not up to a safe standard.

The latest road safety operation took place on Monday 11 October, at Aiwa Technology Park in Newbridge, Caerphilly.

The operation included officers from the roads policing unit, dog section, rural crime team, We Don’t Buy Crime team, special constabulary, response, and staff volunteers.

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Residents Asked for Comments on Roundabout Improvements

As part of its Welsh Government-funded Active Travel programme, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is planning improvements at Tesco roundabout to make crossing the road safer for pedestrians.

The scheme will see the creation of dropped ‘tactile’ crossings on each arm of the junction (see plan), along with central islands to allow people to cross in two phases.

There will also be a link provided from Alma Street, as the Council recognises this as a popular route for residents. 

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Road Safety Wales Poster Competition

We are delighted to announced the winners of the recent Road Safety Wales Poster Competition!

Young people aged up to 18 were invited to design a poster that will promote the safe use of active travel, the benefits of 20mph speed limits on communities or to encourage safer driver behaviour across Wales.

Each poster was judged on originality, creativity, impact and the message being portrayed. The standard of entries was incredibly high and the judges found it very difficult to decide on just 5 posters. We can now reveal that the winners are:

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Dyfed-Powys Police Advice on Use of Privately-Owned E-Scooters

Privately owned e-scooters, sometimes called electrical scooters, are growing in popularity and use. However it is currently illegal to use them on public roads, pavements or cycle paths in Wales.

The only place to legally ride an e-scooter is on private land with the permission of the landowner – everywhere else it is against the law.

Anyone considering purchasing or using an e-scooter on public roads, pavements or cycle paths risks being issued with a £300 fine, six penalty points on their driving licence and having the e-scooter seized.

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