“You should be under no illusion if you get behind the wheel whilst under the influence you not only risk your licence, get a fine or prison sentence, but you are risking lives too” – that is the message being driven by the Welsh Police Forces as they prepare to launch their Christmas Anti Drink and Drug Drive Campaign.
The month-long operation against driving under the influence begins on Friday, 1 December and police forces across the country will be using intelligence-led tactics and local knowledge of hotspots to detect people who are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol over the festive period.
North Wales Police will lead the all Wales campaign and will be using social media to drive home the message the impact of drink and drug driving.
Now that Road Safety Week has taken place we have been sent some fabulous photographs and video of the amazing things that school pupils in Merthyr Tydfil did for the week long event.
Many schools took part in initiatives across the whole week (see the earlier story too) to ask drivers to slow down in the areas around their schools and in the adjoining residential neighbourhoods. Dowlais School took the opportunity to reinforce the Be Bright be Seen message to their pupils as the afteroons become darker earlier and earlier.
A number of schools in Merthyr Tydfil have been supporting Road Safety Week 2017 in different ways. Well done to all of them for their enthusiasm and commitment!
The theme this year is Speed Down Save Lives. With everyone living busy lives there is a temptation to speed up in the hope of saving time, when in fact you will only arrive at your destination fractionally earlier than if you had driven within the posted speed limits.
Pupils engaged with parents at the school gate to pass on this and other important information about driving safely past their schools and within their community.
The annual Crucial Crew safety event, organised by Pembrokeshire County Council and supported by South Hook LNG, has once again passed on important safety lessons to over 1400 local schoolchildren, aged between ten and eleven years.
From the potential dangers of social media, to physical forms of wellbeing, children were guided through a series of workshops focusing on a range of topics from basic first aid, road safety, food hygiene and domestic abuse to beach safety, fire and power line awareness as well as behaviour around dogs. A number of agencies were on hand to guide children through realistic scenarios in which they need to recognise the importance of staying safe.
Commenting on the event, Cabinet Member for Planning and Infrastructure, Cllr Phil Baker said: “We were delighted to welcome 46 schools to Crucial Crew this year. We’re very grateful to South Hook LNG for supporting such an important event, and to all the agencies which took part and made the event so enjoyable and informative for local children. If just some of the training stays with our young people it will help to save lives in the future.”
THINK! has today launched a new child road safety campaign and accompanying resources, with the first phase focussing on pupils aged three to six years.
The campaign features a suite of new education resources including ‘easy to follow’ lesson plans, two new films co-created with school children, and a song. The new resources are designed to make teaching road safety in schools easier and more accessible.
The first documentary-style film follows a group of pupils as they show how to cross the road safely after first learning to use the ‘Stop, Look, Listen, Think’ code.
A test version of a new government service has launched to remind drivers by text message and email when their MOT is due. The GOV.UK service, developed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), makes it easy to get a reminder every year when your vehicle’s MOT is due.
When you sign up, you’ll get a reminder:
4 weeks before your MOT is due
2 weeks before your MOT is due, if you still haven’t had it tested
You’ll also get alerts that your vehicle no longer has an MOT.
Carys Wilkinson is the latest winner of the Pass Plus Cymru prize draw. Carys, who attended the course in May 2017, was randomly selected by Road Safety Wales from drivers across Wales who had completed and returned evaluation questionnaires.
On Thursday 26th October, Carys was presented with her cheque by the Mayor of Neath Port Talbot Council, Councillor Dennis Keogh. This day was a double celebration for Carys who was also celebrating her 19th Birthday. Carys enjoyed a morning at the Mayor's Parlour accompanied by her father and grandmother.