News

14/07/2016

Caravan Checklist for Royal Welsh Show Countdown

Visitors planning to hitch up their caravan and take it to the forthcoming Royal Welsh Show are urged to make sure it’s safe and roadworthy.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers are aware that for many, their caravans are used once a year to attend the event. This can often lead to caravans in desperate need of repair being taken on a road trip with no real consideration of whether it is safe to use.

In the countdown to the show, which opens on Monday, July 18, officers have issued advice on how to make sure a caravan is fit for purpose.

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13/07/2016

Gwent Police Record Nearly 300 Positive Roadside Drug Tests

Officers in Gwent have been out and about using a roadside drug test called a 'DrugWipe' which uses a saliva sample to test for the likes of Cannabis and Cocaine.

The test shows a valid reading within as little as 8 minutes and if positive officers will take the motorist to a police station for a blood test, which will be used in any prosecution.

From their introduction back in May 2015 officers across Gwent have recorded 279 positive 'DrugWipe' tests to date (11th July 2016). So far, 97 drivers have been disqualified for being on drugs with a total disqualification period of 157 years and 2 months, with 109 drivers still waiting on test and court results.

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05/07/2016

Road Safety Gets Royal Seal of Approval

HRH The Prince of Wales is to give road safety initiatives the royal seal of approval at the Llandovery Motorbike Weekend.

The Prince will launch the motorbike weekend by starting a parade of bikes around the town on Friday 8 July.

Bikers from the emergency services, the County Council’s Road Safety Team and engagement partners will take part in the parade.

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04/07/2016

Road Safety Boost Outside Village School Welcomed

New automatic 20mph speed limit signs have been installed to warn motorists travelling through Capel Bangor on the A44 that youngsters are heading to or leaving the village primary school.

Penllwyn Primary School is located just off the A44, which has been named the most dangerous road in Wales for the last three years and the fourth most dangerous in the UK.

After years of waiting for road safety measures, new signs have been installed which change from a 40mph limit warning to a 20mph limit at school run times. Parents, staff and children at the school are said to be delighted.

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28/06/2016

Police Recorded Road Casualties, Wales, 2015

Today the Welsh Government has published Police Recorded Road Casualties, Wales, 2015; which can be found here

Key points:

  • In 2015 there were 5,543 road accidents involving personal injury recorded by the police, a reduction of 352 on 2014 (6 per cent reduction)
  • These recorded accidents resulted in 7,682 casualties, which was 526 fewer than in 2014.
  • Within this total: 105 people were killed on Welsh Roads, which was 2 more than in 2014;
  • 1,081 people were seriously injured, which was 79 fewer (7 per cent fewer) than in 2014;
  • 6,496 people were slightly injured, which was 449 fewer (6 per cent fewer) than 2014

Progress towards targets:

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10/06/2016

Dyfed Powys Police Launches All Wales Anti Drink/Drug Driving Campaign

This summer police will be targeting drivers who risk their lives and the lives of others by driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Dyfed Powys Police will lead the month-long campaign on behalf of the four welsh police forces, running from 10th June to the 10th July, to coincide with the 2016 UEFA European Championships which takes place in France.

Over the next four weeks, thousands of motorists face being stopped as teams from the four forces – North Wales, Dyfed Powys, South Wales and Gwent - conduct road checks at various locations across the country.

Last year in Wales the campaign saw officers carrying out over 12,000 breath tests, of which over 300 roadside breath tests were positive. 52 arrests were made under the new Section 5a drug drive offence

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06/06/2016

New Drug Driving Laws See Almost 800 Arrests in Wales in First Year

Nearly 800 arrests were made for drug driving in Wales in the year after new laws came into force.

The four Welsh police forces made 770 arrests between March 2, 2015, when the new laws came in and the same date this year.

South Wales Police arrested 136 people for drug driving, with 70 people charged, according to figures obtained through Freedom of Information requests by BBC Radio 5 Live. Dyfed Powys made 71 arrests over the period, with 22 facing charges.

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01/06/2016

Young Driver Wins Prize Draw

A young driver from Cwmbran is the lucky winner of £250 from Pass Plus Cymru after taking part in the scheme to improve her driving skills. Eighteen year old Lauren Dockree from Croesyceiliog passed her driving test in 2015 and took the Pass Plus course to gain additional experience.

The course is available to drivers aged 17 – 25 in Wales and is designed to help young drivers to be safer on the roads. It focusses on driving techniques such as driving at night, on the motorway, through country lanes or busy towns.

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01/06/2016

Wales By Bike

Wales By Bike has launched brand new Twitter accounts bringing you hints, tips and blogs for bikers and other road users.

By following, liking and retweeting, you can assist Wales By Bike in helping to ensure that the fabulous roads in Wales can be safely enjoyed by everyone – but especially bikers!

To promote safe motorcycling in Wales and to raise awareness of the risks bikers face as riders, every day during the summer Wales By Bike will be using #100daysofmotorcycling as a hashtag on their tweets.

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26/05/2016

Five Drug Driving Arrests in One Evening

Police Officers in Newport have made five arrests in just one evening by using a roadside device called a 'DrugWipe'.

It can test a saliva sample for drugs like Cannabis and Cocaine within as little as 8 minutes.

A positive test is indicated by the appearance of red lines on the device, similar to a pregnancy test.

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