Successful Partnership Working to Raise Road Safety Awareness in the Rhondda

Once again South Wales Fire & Rescue Service has been working in partnership with South Wales Police and Rhondda Cynon Taf's Road Safety Unit for a 3 day event which took place on 27-29th June at Tonypandy Fire Station. It was aimed at raising awareness of road safety issues as well as reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on roads throughout Rhondda Cynon Taf.

It proved to be another great success with more than 250 children and adults attending from SS Gabriel & Raphael R.C. Primary, Pontrhondda Primary, Llwynypia Primary, Ysgol Gyfun Cymmer, ITEC College and the Probation service, who were all educated on how to stay safe on or near the road.

There were several activity stations including police cars and motorbikes, beer goggles, alcohol awareness, a presentation on the 'Fatal 5', Virtual Reality (VR) glasses and the importance of child car seats. The organiser of the event, Station Commander John Jenkins, also arranged for fire officers to replicate a road traffic collision scene where they utilized their equipment to cut out a driver/passenger from a vehicle. This gave every person an insight into the consequences of the 'Fatal 5'. The 'Fatal 5' are inappropriate speed, drink/drug driving, careless driving, failure to wear seatbelt and using a mobile phone whilst driving.

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Injury Road Collisons in Wales Down 11%

The number of road accidents where people suffered injuries in Wales dropped by 11% last year, figures show.  There were 4,921 such crashes in 2016 - 622 fewer than 2015, according to the Welsh Government's annual report.

However, "little progress" has been made on cutting serious motorbike crashes.

Casualty reduction partnership, GoSafe Wales, hailed the "positive" aspects of the report but said it was still "actively working" to hit 2020 targets.

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DVLA Call All Pupils to Get Creative

Primary school pupils across Wales are being challenged to win state of the art IT equipment for their schools by designing a computer game.

The DVLA Code Challenge is aimed at all primary school children aged between seven and 11 years old in Wales.

Teams of up to five from schools and community-based code clubs are being invited to showcase their programming skills by designing a computer game from scratch based around one of four different themes set by the event’s sponsors.

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Police Recorded Road Accidents

The Welsh Government has released the Annual Report into Police Recorded Road Accidents in 2016.  It includes information on severity of injury and type of road user.

Key Points

In 2016 there were 4,921 road accidents involving personal injury recorded by the police, a reduction of 622 on 2015 (11% reduction).

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Road Safety Wales Awards 2017

Presented during the Road Safety Wales Conference (21 June), the awards scheme seeks to recognise individuals, groups and organisations that have made a ‘real commitment to road safety, above and beyond what would normally be expected of them’.

The winners - including a long-serving school crossing patrol and organisers of active travel and motorcycle schemes - were presented with their awards by Susan Storch, Chair of Road Safety Wales.

The 2017 Road Safety Wales Conference saw practitioners come together to explore the key road safety themes highlighted in the Road Safety Framework for Wales.

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20mph Rule Outside Schools

All four Welsh police forces will use a week-long enforcement campaign to highlight the ‘importance of sticking to the speed limit’ - particularly where the limit is 20mph.

The enforcement week, which got underway on Monday 26 Junehas been organised by the Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership, Go Safe, as part of its #20mphrule outside school campaign. It is supported by the Welsh Government.

In South Wales, police officers will be working to educate and enforce 20mph limits - especially around schools and other areas of community interest.

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2017 Road Safety Wales Conference

Today, road safety professionals from across Wales will meet at the Road Safety Wales Conference at the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells. This annual event, which is free to member organisations, explores key road safety themes as highlighted in the Road Safety Framework for Wales and provides a valuable networking opportunity.

Topics for the morning session will include: 

  • A Review of the Road Safety Framework for Wales - Joanne Stevens, Welsh Government
  • Updates from participants in Welsh Government/Innovate UK’s Motorcycle Innovation Challenge - Armourgel Ltd and Fusion Processing Ltd  
  • An outline of the link between Public Health and Road Safety - Dr Sarah Jones

Five presentations for the afternoon session are: 

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Highways England Journey Experience Survey

On behalf of Highways England, the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) is looking for participants to complete a short online survey looking into road users’ experience of motorways and major roads in England.

The survey will take around 15 minutes to complete and all entries will be entered into a prize draw to win £300 Amazon vouchers.

In order to complete the survey we need participants to have a full UK registered driving licence and experience of driving on motorways and major roads in England.

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RoSPA's Centenary Celebrations

The Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is celebrating its centenary this year, with an exhibition highlighting some of its key achievements over the last 100 years - and a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

RoSPA was born out of the London ‘Safety First’ Council, which was founded in 1916. Its original remit was to tackle the ‘alarming increase in traffic accidents, and the direct connection therewith of the restricted street lighting which had been necessitated by the War conditions’.

The organisation was renamed RoSPA, with the agreement of King George VI, in 1941. Since then, it has been at the heart of accident prevention in the UK, and around the world.

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Driver Refresher Workshops in Powys

Mature drivers in Powys are being given the opportunity to brush up on their road knowledge thanks to informal workshops organised by the county council.

Powys County Council’s Road Safety Unit will be holding its Driver Theory Refresher workshop on the following days:

• Wednesday, June 21 – Rhayader
• Wednesday, July 19 – Llanelwedd
• Wednesday, August 9 – Brecon

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