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16/11/2016

Road Safety Week: A Programme of Activities

A programme of activities is taking place across Carmarthenshire during Road Safety Week.

The aim of the week – which is being held between November 21 and 27 - is to raise awareness of road safety issues, and in particular, what we can all do to make our roads safer and reduce the number of accidents.

The council’s road safety team has organised various events from free child car seat checks, to walk to school initiatives, young driver education and older driver refresher courses.

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14/11/2016

Sean Morley Memorial Prize

Earlier this month, the final of the Sean Morley Award 2016 was held at the Palace of Westminster. The award, an initiative of the road safety charity AIRSO (The Association of Industrial Road Safety Officers), is open to undergraduates of UK universities and rewards exceptional projects and dissertations which have a road safety theme.

Sean Morley, a 20 year old History and Politics undergraduate at Aberystwyth University was killed on September 2nd 2012 when he was hit by a car as he made his way home on foot after a night out with friends.

The Memorial Prize aims to promote research into road safety by attracting talented graduates to the field. In addition, it is hoped that the prize will provide a mechanism through which those just beginning their careers can bring their ideas to the wider road safety community. Most importantly, however, the Sean Morley Memorial Prize celebrates the life of a remarkable young man, whose needless loss reminds us why continued efforts to make our roads safer are so important.

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11/11/2016

Injured Horse Rider Urges Drivers to Slow Down

An event rider from the Newcastle Emlyn area is urging drivers to slow down and take care when they drive on rural roads, following an accident only five minutes from her home between the villages of Rhydlewis and Brongest last week.

It was originally thought that Sophie Spiteri had suffered a clot on the lung following her fall on the tarmac, but she came away with only minor injuries.

A knowledgeable horse woman, Sophie can be seen riding her retired race horses and youngsters daily around the country lanes of Brongest, the village where she lives. On her usual daily morning hack on her five-year-old thoroughbred gelding Gulliver, she was met by a white van, and Sophie says the driver made no attempt to stop.

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09/11/2016

Government Confirms Plans to Double Mobile Phone Penalties

The Government has confirmed it is planning to double the penalties for those caught using a mobile phone while driving.

Announced today (8 Nov) as part of a response into a consultation on the issue, the move means that those found committing the offence will be docked six points and receive a £200 fine.

In January, the Government launched its consultation seeking views on proposals to increase penalty points and fixed penalty notice (FPN) levels for the offence.

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07/11/2016

Campaign Targets Phone Use Behind the Wheel

A crackdown on drivers using mobile phones behind the wheel has been launched today, as part of a Gwent Police-led initiative.

The four police forces in Wales, led by Gwent Police and in partnership with Road Safety Wales, have launched the enforcement campaign, in a bid to clamp down on ‘distracted driving’ - said to be the single biggest cause of death and injuries on roads in 2016.

The campaign, which will run until Sunday 20 November, will urge all road users to ‘keep their eyes on the road’, with officers speaking to drivers about the dangers of using phones and being distracted.

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01/11/2016

Nearly a Third of Tyres Replaced in Wales are Already Illegal

A recent survey, compiled by TyreSafe, of over 25,000 tyres as they were being replaced at Welsh tyre outlets, showed that 29.1% were illegal.

October has been Tyre Safety Month, and Road Safety Wales Partners have been highlighting the importance of tyres to safer motoring through social media. It has been disappointing to note that two recent police campaigns highlighted problems with tyres on a number of vehicles. Drivers who fail to comply with the regulations face a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre. Leaving your tyre checks until the MOT is due could be an expensive decision.

Motorists can help reduce the risks to themselves and other road users by carrying out tyre checks every month and before long journeys. The air pressure in each tyre should follow the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended settings, and tread depth should be well over the minimum legal limit of 1.6mm, roughly the same as the rim of a 20p piece. If a 20p piece is inserted into the tread and the rim is visible, the tyre may be illegal. However, professional advice is to replace your tyres ideally as soon as they reach 3mm. While checking tread depth, also look out for any lumps, bumps, signs of ageing or scuffing on the tyre which may indicate internal damage.

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28/10/2016

Scarlets Players Support Walk to School Month

SCARLETS players Ken Owen and Rhys Patchell are supporting International Walk to School Month.

Pupils from Brynteg School were invited to Parc y Scarlets to start their ‘walk to school’ where they were met by Captain Ken Owens and fly-half Rhys Patchell.

They were also joined by Council Leader Emlyn Dole, as well as local councillors Sharen Davies (Llwynhendy) and Deryk Cundy (Bynea), and not forgetting the council’s road safety mascot Gary GoSafe.

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27/10/2016

Daylight Savings at 100 – A Century of Wasted Opportunity

As the daylight savings system reaches 100 years old in 2016, family safety charity RoSPA – which also celebrates its centenary this year – is calling for a time-shift fit for the 21st century.

British Summer Time (BST) was introduced during the First World War in May 1916 in response to the German decision to take the same step to make the most of daylight hours. In the UK for the rest of the war, the clocks ran one hour ahead of GMT through the summer.

This same practice has been implemented by the Government since then, other than a short period during the Second World War and an experiment between 1968 and 1971, during which year-round BST was trialled, saving around 2,500 deaths and serious injuries each year of the trial period.

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27/10/2016

Walk to School Month with Pengam Walking Bus

Pupils throughout Caerphilly county borough are celebrating International Walk to School Month this October, with 5,000 pupils ditching the car and walking to school.

23 Caerphilly schools are currently taking part in the global event, with classroom charts and prizes awarded to each school from Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Road Safety Team.

Walking buses have also proven very popular during Walk to School Month, as well as Junior Road Safety Officers from Tyn-Y-Wern, Pengam and Crumlin Primary Schools producing presentations in assembly to promote walking within their respective schools.

Cllr Tom Williams, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transportation and Engineering said: “By making the effort and walking to school, pupils are doing their bit to help the environment by reducing their carbon footprint. Walking regularly also helps to keep pupils fit and active which is important for their wellbeing. Well done to everyone who is taking part in Walk to School Month”.

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27/10/2016

Road Safety at Work: Online Course for Managers

A new on-line course developed by the EASST Academy in partnership with Cranfield University and IRU Academy is now available for anyone with the responsibility for training, supervising and monitoring occupational drivers.

The course will give you the skills to deliver and sustain a robust road safety management strategy, because a safe fleet is in everyone’s interest.

Businesses that adopt a thorough approach to driver safety can benefit from reduced insurance, less damage to vehicles and goods, better staff retention and a significant reduction in working time lost through accidents.

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