All-Wales Anti-Mobile Phone While Driving Campaign

Police forces across Wales have launched a dedicated campaign to target drivers who use their mobile phone behind the wheel.

Using a mobile whilst operating a vehicle causes distraction, potentially resulting in serious injury or death. Tackling this issue is a priority across Wales.

The four Welsh police forces supported by GoSafe, the Safety Camera Partnership, will undertake activity led by South Wales Police to educate and prevent drivers putting themselves and other road users at risk.

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Road Safety Calendar

A road safety calendar designed mainly for use in schools has been produced by Road Safety Wales at the request of several Local Authorities.

Pat Bates, Road Safety Strategy Officer at Torfaen County Borough Council, said: “I think the road safety calendar is a great idea. We send the printed academic year calendar to every primary school in the borough, plus our own councillors as many are also school governors, to local politicians and other key partners including some in the health sector.

We follow this up each month with a PDF of the month in question, each of which has its own theme, to deliver a monthly road safety prompt to all those who received the printed calendar and also to a wider audience. We find that this simple scheme engenders a lot of
goodwill towards road safety for little financial outlay.

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Zero Road Deaths – Today and Every Day

Today (Thursday 21 September), countries across Europe are supporting Project EDWARD - European Day Without A Road Death. Devised by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL), the initiative, now in its second year, seeks to draw attention to the average of 70 deaths occurring every day on the roads of Europe.

With small actions leading to big improvements, Project EDWARD seeks to remind everyone that there is a great deal of hard work being undertaken across Europe to achieve 2020 casualty reduction goals – and more.

Susan Storch, Chair of Road Safety Wales, said: “On 21 September, and every day, our aspiration is zero road fatalities. Through Project EDWARD our partners will help to raise awareness of this ambitious goal and will encourage road users to think more carefully about the way they drive, ride, or cross the road.

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Driving Test Changes Explained

The driving test is changing from Monday 4 December 2017 to include following directions from a sat nav and testing different manoeuvres.

The changes are designed to make sure new drivers have the skills they’ll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving.

The four driving test changes are:

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SWFRS World and UK Extrication Champions

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service has been hailed as World and UK extrication champions.

The world beating team of six took on the UK Fire and Rescue Services to retain the national title for the second year in a row.

Just one week after being named as World Champions in Romania, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s team of six from Bridgend have also retained their national champion title after competing at the United Kingdom National Rescue Challenge in Hull. This double success in consecutive years has never been achieved by any team before.

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Motorcycle Security Reminder

North Wales Police are reminding motorcyclists to take security measures to reduce the risk of their vehicle being stolen.

There are a number of ways that you can help to make the theft of your vehilce more difficult, or recovery of it easier.

  • Have an approved electronic immobiliser professionally fitted.
  • If you have a security device fitted, always use it. A wide variety of locks can be used, such as chains or padlocks, disc locks and D locks.
  • Secure your motorbike to a solid object that can’t be moved.
  • Always put a steering lock on.
  • When not in use, put it in a garage or secure outbuilding with a fixed or ground anchor. Fit a good lock and an alarm system to your garage or outbuilding.
  • Don’t leave your garage open and make sure your vehicle is covered, even when you are at home. Some motorbikes and scooters are stolen to order, so a motorbike spotted by a thief could be stolen later.
  • Mark your motorbike with its vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • Think about where you park your bike; use a parking space built specifically for motorbikes or scooters. They will have stands or security loops.

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Virtual Reality App to Teach Road Safety to Children

A virtual reality app is being developed at the University of South Wales (USW) to help teach road safety to primary school children.

USW academic Dr Catherine Purcell (Psychology), an expert in the link between perception and action at the roadside, is leading the project alongside co-investigator Dr Mike Reddy (Computing), a games design expert, after they were awarded funding from the Road Safety Trust (RST).

The funding is being used to develop a virtual reality game-based road safety education app, which will be tested for ‘proof-of-concept’ in Welsh primary schools.

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Stop Means Stop Reminder

Motorists in Carmarthenshire are being reminded to stop when signalled by our school crossing patrol officers.

With the start of the new school term in September, the council’s road safety team is launching its annual ‘Stop Means Stop’ campaign.

When a school crossing patrol displays their stop sign, motorists must stop.

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Vehicles Seized During Road Safety Operation

A driver has been fined £800 at the roadside after breaching HGV drivers’ hours offences.

The 25-year-old, who was driving a 44-ton vehicle that is registered in the Republic of Ireland, was stopped only two weeks-ago for similar offences whilst travelling along the A55 on Anglesey.

The driver was stopped as part of a road safety impact day carried out by the Roads Policing Unit and Commercial Vehicle Unit at the weighbridge in Dalar Hir. A vehicle examiner from North Wales Police’ Forensic Collision Investigation Unit also joined the team to inspect vehicles and a Special Constable from the Force Specials Road Safety Unit assisted during the day.

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Support for Project Edward

On 21 September 2017, Project EDWARD (European Day Without a Road Death), will provide another fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of road safety across 30 European countries.

There are many ways that you could support Project EDWARD:

  • log onto the website and sign the pledge. More importantly stick to the promises;
  • record a message of support from your organisation and submit it (mobile phone footage is fine);
  • ask your IT Department to post the website and information on your work intranet to raise awareness and encourage support from your workplace colleagues;
  • tweet about Project EDWARD or post it on your Facebook page, and use the #PROJECTEdward;
  • ask your corporate communications department for their support through re-tweets and sharing Project EDWARD information on 21 September;

You could also let the Project EDWARD team know what you are planning so that they can publicise it on the website.

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