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18/10/2017

Ken Skates Leads Push for Greater Road Safety in Wales

Although we have some of the safest roads in the world, every death or serious injury is one too many, Economy Secretary Ken Skates has said.

The Cabinet Secretary opened a high level Road Safety in Wales event in Cardiff on 18 October, bringing together key decision makers in the emergency services and local authorities. The event looked ahead to how new and emerging technologies will impact on safety on Welsh roads and how behaviour change models can be applied to reduce casualties, in particular among the most high risk groups of motorcyclists and young people.

Economy and Infrastructure Secretary Ken Skates said:

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17/10/2017

Operation Targets Illegal Bikers in Newport

Gwent Police officers have spent two consecutive nights targeting the criminal use of mopeds, motorbikes and other electric bikes across the City.

The operation, which ran throughout Thursday and Friday evening (12 and 13 October), saw officers within different teams and units come together to tackle the issue.

During the action officers conducted patrols in unmarked vehicles in a bid to catch offenders in the act of riding anti-socially and committing crime. In total ten mopeds and motorbikes were seized along with three high value mountain bikes and electric bikes.

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13/10/2017

Tread Carefully Not to End Up on Skid Row

Don’t end up on skid row. That’s the message from Carmarthenshire Council’s Road Safety Unit targeting tyre safety on our county roads.

The tyre safety campaign coincides with ‘National Tyre Safety Month’. The message is simple, tyres should be checked frequently and especially before a long journey. Drivers should take care of their tyres, keep them correctly inflated and replace them when worn or damaged.

Passenger vehicles (other than motorcycles) for not more than 8 seated passengers, Goods vehicles (not exceeding 3,500kg max gross weight), Light trailers (not exceeding 3,500kg max gross weight), must have a tread depth of at least 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and around the entire circumference. Most vehicles larger than those listed above and motorcycles 50cc and over with or without a sidecar, must have a minimum legal tread depth of 1mm.

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10/10/2017

Road Safety Is A Top Priority For Derwendeg Primary School

Pupils from Derwendeg Primary School recently took part in a road safety event, as well as overseeing the installation of a new 20MPH zone outside the school.

Members of Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Road Safety Team were joined by Cllr Sean Morgan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Sustainability, who awarded a trophy to the class who travel most sustainably to school.

Competition was fierce, with the majority of children in the school choosing to walk or cycle, with the winning class having 85% of children travelling to school in this way. The competition will now be held every term.

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10/10/2017

Police and Paramedics Joint Working Initiative

This short film, explaining the joint working between the Police and Paramedics in mid-Wales, was recently presented at the TISPOL Conference in Manchester.

The joint working initiative, led by Sgt Owen Dillon of Dyfed Powys Police and Carl Powell of the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust (WAST), pairs a police officer with a paramedic.  When called to a road traffic collision the paramedic is able to advise the Ambulance Service about the number of ambulances required, deliver immediate treatment to casualties and frees up the police officer to safely manage the scene.

Filmed over the May Bank Holiday weekend, it gives a flavour of a day during Op Darwen, which looks to engage and educate motorcyclists, enforcing where necessary.

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09/10/2017

New Safe Crossing Point Installed at Treforest Industrial Estate

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has installed a new safe crossing point at Treforest Industrial Estate, following a significant joint investment with the University of South Wales (USW).

The £150,000 project has seen a toucan crossing introduced at Main Avenue (A4054), located between the USW Sports Park and Powys Road junctions. It provides a safe crossing point for pedestrians and cyclists on the main road through the industrial estate, with Treforest Estate Railway Station nearby.

Following the installation of the new traffic signal controlled pedestrian crossing, the traffic signals were commissioned on Tuesday, October 3, and are now fully operational.

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04/10/2017

Tyre Safety Month Quiz

October is Tyre Safety Month and TyreSafe, together with Road Safety Wales, is raising awareness on the importance of regular maintenance checks and the dangers of defective and illegal tyres.

Motorists are being given the chance to demonstrate their tyre safety knowledge by taking part in the unique TyreSafe Test

Hosted on the tyresafe.org website, the quiz is designed to be a fun way to prove how much drivers know about tyre safety and highlight the potentially life-saving information they need to be more familiar with.

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03/10/2017

FirstCar Academy aims to 'make new drivers smarter'

FirstCar has launched a new, free-to-use, e-learning platform aimed at pre-learner, learner and newly qualified drivers aged 15-21 years - and is encouraging road safety teams to promote the resource in their area.

Unveiled on Friday (29 Sept), the FirstCar Academy comprises a series of 14 short videos (modules) designed to raise awareness of important road safety issues including how to be a good passenger, hazards, motorway driving and driver distractions.

Candidates need to correctly answer one question per module in order to progress to the next level. In total, it takes around 60 minutes to complete all 14 online modules. A pass, merit or distinction is awarded based on the number of attempts taken to answer all the questions.

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28/09/2017

Highest Number of Deaths on Britain’s Roads Since 2011

An increase in the number of vulnerable road users being killed on Britain’s roads shows a need for a renewed push for safety, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

Figures released today (Thursday, September 28) show that 1,792 people were killed in 2016 – the highest number of deaths since 2011. Many of these involved vulnerable road users, with pedestrian deaths up by 10 per cent to 448, compared to 2015, and cyclist deaths up by two per cent to 102.

Worryingly, the number of children killed is also up by 28 per cent from 2015, with 69 under-15s dying in 2016. Of all child road casualties (15,976), 38 per cent were pedestrians, and nearly a quarter (22 per cent) were killed or injured during the afternoon school run, between the hours of 3 5pm.

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27/09/2017

Milford Haven Residents Assist with Project EDWARD

Residents in Milford Haven have done their bit to help with a Dyfed-Powys Police road safety operation.

More than 300 speeders were caught in a 24-hour campaign last week, held to mark the second annual TISPOL Project Edward – European Day Without a Road Death.

A total of 332 cases of excessive speed were among the offences identified by GoSafe, Dyfed-Powys Police and Community Speed Watch schemes across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys during Project Edward on Thursday, September 21.

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