National Eye Health Week takes place between 24th and 30th September 2018, which aims to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular eye tests.
Good eyesight is vital when using the road, no matter what age you are. Drivers and motorcyclists must be able to read a vehicle registration plate from a distance of 20 metres (or 20.5 metres if the vehicle was registered before September 2001) wearing glasses or contact lenses if required.
If you’re finding it difficult to read road signs, particularly those with text, it could indicate that your eyesight has deteriorated and you may require corrective lenses. If you’re finding it harder to see clearly in the dark, this may also mean you need to wear glasses or contact lenses.
In response to issues around schools with some drivers parking on zig-zag lines, Neath Port Talbot’s road safety team along with South Wales Police and Mid and West Fire and Rescue Service, have launched a fresh campaign to raise the profile of safe parking around local Primary schools.
Road Safety Primary School Coordinator, Chloe Lyons is currently delivering assemblies in every Primary school throughout Neath Port Talbot, talking to the children about the importance of being safe on the journey to and from school, encouraging children to tell parents to park safely and other road safety issues.
As part of this campaign the road safety team, supported by the police and fire service, have purchased “No dropping, No stopping, No excuses” banners. Each school in the county is receiving a banner to put outside their school to encourage parents to keep off the zig-zag lines.
Road Safety Wales is reminding road users of the Fatal 5, the five main causes of road traffic collisions and injuries in Wales. Most people abide by the rules of the road but unfortunately a small minority choose to put themselves, their families and innocent road users at risk.
The bilingual Fatal 5 leaflet produced by Road Safety Wales covers the following:
Don’t Drink/Drug Drive - Don’t risk being one of the 100,000 drink or drug drivers caught each year, or you could face a minimum 12 month ban, a large fine, a criminal record or even imprisonment. Prescribed medication can still affect your ability to drive and therefore make you liable for prosecution so please check with your doctor or pharmacist.
Congratulations go out to Susin Shakya from Swansea who is the winner of the recent Pass Plus Cymru quarterly prize draw. Susin received his prize of £250 from Amanda Howarth, Road Safety Officer at the Guildhall Swansea.
Susin commented that he thoroughly enjoyed the course which has given him confidence to travel on the M4 to Heathrow Airport on several occasions since completing his practical training.
“The prize will go towards a trip I’m planning to Nepal at the end of the year, thanks very much.”
The All Wales Anti-Drink and Drug Drive Summer Campaign, which coincided with the month-long World Cup, resulted in 174 arrests in the North Wales Police force area. During the campaign period 109 drivers were arrested for drink driving with a further 65 arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.
Temporary Superintendent Paul Joyce of the Roads Policing Unit said: “Despite warnings, in just over four weeks, 174 motorists have been arrested in north Wales following a roadside breath or drugs test.
“Using the latest technology we are better equipped than ever to detect those who are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you take that risk, it’s only a matter of time before you’re caught and put before the courts.
TyreSafe, the UK's charity dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of tyre safety has launch its Summer campaign. TyreSafe is reminding all motorists whether they're a day tripper or holiday-maker, that they should be aware that more tyre-related incidents happen on Britain’s roads during the summer months than at any other time of year. To keep risks to a minimum, everyone should ensure they have checked their vehicle's tyres before starting their jouney.
TyreSafe says, "You’re likely to be carrying more luggage and more passengers, and travelling further too. This makes it essential your car tyres are in tip-top condition.
Remember, never change a tyre yourself on the hard shoulder of a motorway or dual carriageway. Call for assistance using the emergency phone provided on the hard shoulder or your breakdown recovery service and then stand in as safe a place as possible."
UK drivers are being urged to test their eyesight after a DVLA survey suggested 50% of motorists were not aware of the minimum standards needed for a licence.
Drivers must be able to read a number plate from 20m (65ft) away.
But the agency's survey found only half of drivers knew about the eye test and used it to regularly self-check, as they are legally required to do. Those who do not pass the test should visit an optician, a DVLA doctor said.
From Monday 4 June 2018 learner drivers will be able to take driving lessons on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales, although it will not be compulsory for everyone to do so. The aim is to help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely.
Since 2006, young drivers in Wales have been able to participate in Pass Plus Cymru, an enhanced version of Pass Plus, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) post-test course. Ever since the scheme was conceived, the Welsh Government has provided road safety grant funding to local authorities to enable young drivers in Wales to contribute just £20 to the cost of attending Pass Plus Cymru.
Consisting of an interactive workshop followed by a practical element, the course has traditionally involved driving in town, on rural roads and on dual carriageways; areas that many young drivers may have already covered in their driving lessons. Pass Plus Cymru builds on these skills and teaches drivers how to deal with a wide range of situations that they may not have encountered whilst learning to drive, including driving on motorways.