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01/12/2017

Christmas Campaign Against Drink and Drug Driving

“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.

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25/10/2017

Project EDWARD 2017 Results

The results of TISPOL’s Project EDWARD 2017 are now available, and the UK was one of 15 countries that reported zero fatalities.  Unfortunately, however, there 43 deaths on the day across 31 countries in Europe, with Poland recording 10 and Romania and Greece 6 fatalities each.

Social Media activity was key to the day, and #Project EDWARD trended number 1 in Ireland, number 4 in the UK and number 5 in Germany, Spain and other countries during the day.  Total unique reach, between Tuesday 19 and Thursday 21 September was 25 million, and there were 8,813 posts over the 48 hour period.

As well as raising awareness of road safety issues, a key aim of Project EDWARD was to draw attention to the value of national and Europe-wide road safety targets:

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21/09/2017

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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15/08/2017

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 https://projectedward.eu/ 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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13/07/2017

Doorstep To Desk

Public Health Wales has published a new easy-to-use visual guide to help organisations play a bigger part in encouraging children to walk or cycle to school.

With fewer than half of children in Wales currently walking or cycling to primary school, the new ‘doorstep to desk’ guide shows how housing developers, transport officers, planners, and even police could play a vital role in making walking and cycling to school an easier choice.

The guide has been produced in consultation with experts from the Active Travel to School National Stakeholder Group - a multi-agency group working to make walking, scooting, or cycling the preferred way of getting to school for children in Wales.

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26/06/2017

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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24/05/2017

Hundreds Of Pupils Take Part In ‘Walk To School Week’

Schoolchildren in Pembrokeshire have been putting their best forward in the annual Walk to School week.

The national campaign aims to reverse the decline in the number of children who walk to school - which has dropped from 70% to less than half in a generation.

The national event was supported by Pembrokeshire County Council's Road Safety Team.

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27/03/2017

Lighter Evenings Are Here – But We’re Still Behind The Times

The coming of spring and the changing of the clocks means lighter evenings, more time spent outside and a brighter drive home.

But family safety charity RoSPA is campaigning to increase the number of evening daylight hours even further, in order to save lives and improve quality of life.

RoSPA wants to see Britain move to Single/Double Summer Time (SDST) which would mean the country would now be an extra hour ahead (GMT+2), although the real benefits of the move would be when the clocks go back in the autumn.

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15/03/2017

Welsh Police Winter Drink/Drug Driving Campaign Results Show Slight Increase

Over 18,000 people in Wales were stopped and tested for drink driving or driving whilst under the influence of drugs, during the recent All Wales Winter Anti Drink/Drug Driving Campaign.

The police campaign was launched by South Wales Police on the 1st December with the help of Angela Coen whose son, Arran, sadly died as a result of getting behind the wheel when he was over the drink drive limit.

Following the conclusion of the campaign on New Year’s Day, officers had stopped and tested 18,408 drivers at the roadside.

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13/03/2017

Belt Up! All Wales Seatbelt Campaign

‘Belting up can save a life’, people will be warned as part of an All Wales campaign stressing the dangers of not wearing seatbelts.

From Monday, March 13 Dyfed Powys Police lead the All Wales Seatbelt Campaign, warning drivers they are risking their lives by not wearing belts, and cracking down on motorists and passengers who refuse to belt up.
 Not wearing a seatbelt can be a fatal decision even on short, familiar journeys and at low speeds. As a driver you are responsible for ensuring that passengers under the age of 14 are wearing a seatbelt, or using the correct child restraint for their height and age.

Although most road users are fully aware of the potential consequences of not wearing a seatbelt, police officers throughout Wales will be clamping down on those who continue to ignore the law, endangering all road users.

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