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10/08/2015

Mid and West Wales Fire & Rescue Service Issue Warning to Road Users Following Series of Serious Road Collisions Across Mid and West Wales.

Firefighters from Crickhowell and Brecon were called to a serious road traffic collision involving a car and a campervan on the A40 near Bwlch in Brecon on Sunday (9th August) which closed the road for several hours. Firefighters needed hydraulic cutting equipment to release one of the passengers who was treated by ambulance crews at the scene.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Road Safety WarningOn Saturday (8th August), fire crews from Brecon and Talgarth were called to another road traffic collision on the A470 near Felinfach, Brecon. This incident involving two private motor vehicles, one of which was towing a caravan, also closed the road for a substantial period of time. Firefighters again needed to use hydraulic cutting equipment to release a seriously injured passenger, who after receiving first aid from firefighters was airlifted to hospital by air ambulance.

Neil Evans, Mid and West Wales Fire & Rescue Service Road Safety Manager said: “We are seeing too many deaths and injuries on our roads this summer. We need you as road users to assist us in reducing these deaths and injuries. Don’t become a statistic yourself.”

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03/08/2015

Rural Roads Plea From Commissioner

Wales’ roads users have been issued a summer harvest plea by a Police and Crime Commissioner: “Stay safe at this busy time for farmers!” Christopher Salmon, who grew up on a Mid Wales farm, is asking all motorists – including those involved in transporting silage on rural roads – to take extra care as the silage season enters its final weeks.

He asks the public to be patient as they encounter increased agricultural traffic, and asks farmers to be thoughtful of others. Mr Salmon, Police and Crime Commissioner for the predominantly rural Dyfed-Powys, said: “A number of people have raised concerns about agricultural vehicles with me recently.

“I want to ensure that farmers get their silage in and that the public can be safe.

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31/07/2015

Over 12,000 Breath Tests Carried Out Across Wales During Summer Anti-Drink/Drug Drive Campaign

Over 350 breath tests were positive throughout Wales during the recent month-long Anti Drink and Drug Drive Summer Campaign. The campaign, which was led by North Wales Police, saw officers carrying out over 12,000 breath tests and 52 arrests were made under the new Section 5a drug drive offence which came into being on March 4th 2015, giving officers the ability to test for cannabis and cocaine use.

North Wales Police administered 5,235 breath tests with 85 being positive. The force also carried out 20 DrugWipe tests, using the new kit, half of those tested failed.

Gwent Police carried out 297 breath tests with 17 testing positive, refusing or failing to provide. 19 people were arrested following a Section 5a drug test.

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27/07/2015

Launch of the Welsh Fire and Rescue Services Road Safety Strategy 2015-2020

In response to the Welsh Government's 'Road Safety Framework for Wales', Monday 20th July saw the launch of the Welsh Fire and Rescue Service's 'Road Safety Strategy' providing a framework for the three Welsh FRS to communicate and implement their road safety commitments on a national and local level.

Chief Fire Officer for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS), Chris Davies said: "Road safety has improved considerably in recent years. In 2014 there were 8,208 reported casualties as a result of road traffic collisions in Wales, this is a 30% reduction on the number of casualties seen on our roads 10 years ago. While the number of incidents has declined, statistics show a 12% increase in the number of people seriously injured on our roads in the last year, with poor driving and observation the leading cause of collisions. Clearly, while much has been achieved through collaborative working with our road safety partners, more needs to be done.

A disproportionate number of vulnerable road users including young people (16 to 24 year olds) and motorcyclists are killed or seriously injured compared to other groups. Despite making up 11% of driving licence holders, young people represent 23% of casualties in road traffic collisions in Wales.

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07/07/2015

Road Safety Event in Abergavenny Helps to Bring Communities Together

Community Support Officer Amanda Yung from Abergavenny Team has been working to tackle an ongoing issue with anti-social driving, along with educating young drivers about safe driving following 19 fatal road traffic collisions in Gwent since January 2014.

CSO Yung organised an event in Abergavenny in June along with partner agencies including the Road Safety Team from Monmouthshire County Council and South Wales Fire and Rescue.

The event was held at a local car park where high reports of anti-social driving had been received. The aim of the event was to encourage residents to go along and meet the young people and give their views on how the driving and behaviour was affecting them.

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04/06/2015

Road Casualties Wales, 2014

The latest police recorded road accident and casualty figures for Wales for 2014 show that, 103 people were killed on Welsh roads last year, a decreased of 7% compared to 2013. However, Partners in Road Safety Wales remain concerned that the slight overall improvement in the casualty figures has been overshadowed by the increase in the number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured on Welsh roads. (10% higher than the average for 2004-08)*

Susan Storch, Chair of Road Safety Wales said, “Wales welcomes motorcyclists who are naturally drawn to the stunning scenery, winding roads, and motorcycle friendly businesses. However, Partners are concerned about the number who do not make it safely home, whether they are on a day out or riding to and from work.”

The Road Safety Framework for Wales published in 2013 identifies motorcyclists as a high risk group, and road safety professionals remain focussed on meeting the challenging target of a 25% reduction in number of killed and seriously injured motorcyclists by 2020.** Clearly much remains to be done.

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01/06/2015

Keep Drink and Drugs Off The Road This Summer

With summer just around the corner and the prospect of parties around the barbecue in the long evenings, police across Wales are warning motorists that officers will be on heightened alert to spot anyone driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

Led by North Wales Police, the month-long All Wales Summer Anti Drink and Drug Drive Campaign throughout June, will see all four Welsh police forces increase the pressure and focus on those drivers who drink and drive or drive under the influence of drugs.

Sergeant Alun Davies from North Wales Police’ Roads Policing Unit said: “We all enjoy the prospect of longer evenings and the possibilities they present for socialising in homes, gardens, local pubs, festivals and other events.

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26/05/2015

Powys residents are encouraged to get ‘On Your Bike’

Residents in Powys who would like to cycle more but are lacking in confidence now have the opportunity to take part in a free training session, thanks to Powys County Council.

The ‘On Your Bike’ initiative was launched last year by the Council’s Road Safety Unit, thanks to funding from the Welsh Government.

Aimed at all adults regardless of their cycling ability, the initiative sees participants have a one hour assessment with a qualified National Standards Cycling Instructor. The initiative is completely free for Powys residents.

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19/05/2015

Driven to Distraction

“Switch off before you drive off” – that is the message being given by North Wales Police’ Roads Policing Unit as they launch a two-week distraction campaign.

Officers from the specialist unit are teaming up with colleagues from across the force to launch a campaign targeting people who use their mobile phones whilst driving.

As well as imposing penalties on drivers who are caught, dedicated officers will also use the campaign as an opportunity to educate motorists of the dangers of distraction driving.

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19/05/2015

RoSPA Responds to Police Federation Call for Lower Drink-Drive Limit

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), the country’s leading family safety charity, has responded to the Police Federation’s call for a lower drink-drive limit.

Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at RoSPA, said: “One of RoSPA’s long-standing campaigns is for the drink-drive limit to be lowered from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg across the whole of the UK, so we are pleased to see the Police Federation taking up this cause.

“Despite decades of drink-drive education and enforcement, over 75,000 people are still caught drink driving every year in England and Wales[1], and between 4 and 5 people die in drink-drive accidents every week.

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