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22/07/2016

Courtney Drives Off With Prize

An important driving course has given Pontygwaith’s Courtney Baber not only discounted access to essential additional motoring skills – but also a cheque for £250!

Pass Plus Cymru is a bespoke course for young drivers devised by Road Safety Wales to provide additional theory and practical training to inexperienced drivers, such as experience on the motorway and in narrow rural lanes.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council administers Pass Plus Cymru on behalf of nine local authorities using Welsh Government funding, which means young drivers only have to pay £20 for the course, which could costs up to £150.

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21/07/2016

Partnership Working at Road Safety Awareness Event

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, South Wales Police and Rhondda Cynon Taf Road Safety Unit have worked in partnership to raise awareness on Road Safety.

The 3 day event which took place 5-7th July 2016 at Tonypandy Fire Station targeted at-risk groups in relation to road safety and was aimed at reducing the number of serious injuries and deaths in the Rhondda area.

Over the 3 days, 282 people from ITEC, Community Payback, People Plus and 4 schools; Llwyncelyn Infants, Tonypandy,  Cwm Clydach and SS Raphael & Gabriel Primary Schools attended.

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19/07/2016

Pupils' Efforts Rewarded Following 20mph Road Sign Competition

Pupils from Bryn, Derwen Deg and Ty Sign Primary Schools were all invited to Ty Penallta, Caerphilly County Borough offices, on Thursday 14 July to receive prizes for the creative and imaginative 20mph posters they had produced.

The competition asked the three schools to design a poster, which would be incorporated into their 20mph limit sign outside their schools, in order to help reduce the speed of traffic. The brief stated the poster must include the theme of going slow or slowing down to 20mph.

Susan J Davies, Road Safety Project Officer, said “The standard of entries was exceptional which made it a very difficult job for the Road Safety team and engineers to pick winners.”

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18/07/2016

Long-serving Lollipop Lady Retires

One of Wales' longest-serving lollipop ladies will be hanging up her stick for the last time this week.

Joyce Morgan, 74, has helped generations of children cross the road at Roch Community School since 1973, while helping out as a dinner lady.

Mrs Morgan, who lives a short distance away from the Pembrokeshire school, said: "I've really enjoyed my time there and I'm going to miss everyone."

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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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