Police Recorded Road Casualties, Wales, 2015

Today the Welsh Government has published Police Recorded Road Casualties, Wales, 2015; which can be found here

Key points:

  • In 2015 there were 5,543 road accidents involving personal injury recorded by the police, a reduction of 352 on 2014 (6 per cent reduction)
  • These recorded accidents resulted in 7,682 casualties, which was 526 fewer than in 2014.
  • Within this total: 105 people were killed on Welsh Roads, which was 2 more than in 2014;
  • 1,081 people were seriously injured, which was 79 fewer (7 per cent fewer) than in 2014;
  • 6,496 people were slightly injured, which was 449 fewer (6 per cent fewer) than 2014

Progress towards targets:

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Dyfed Powys Police Launches All Wales Anti Drink/Drug Driving Campaign

This summer police will be targeting drivers who risk their lives and the lives of others by driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Dyfed Powys Police will lead the month-long campaign on behalf of the four welsh police forces, running from 10th June to the 10th July, to coincide with the 2016 UEFA European Championships which takes place in France.

Over the next four weeks, thousands of motorists face being stopped as teams from the four forces – North Wales, Dyfed Powys, South Wales and Gwent - conduct road checks at various locations across the country.

Last year in Wales the campaign saw officers carrying out over 12,000 breath tests, of which over 300 roadside breath tests were positive. 52 arrests were made under the new Section 5a drug drive offence

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New Drug Driving Laws See Almost 800 Arrests in Wales in First Year

Nearly 800 arrests were made for drug driving in Wales in the year after new laws came into force.

The four Welsh police forces made 770 arrests between March 2, 2015, when the new laws came in and the same date this year.

South Wales Police arrested 136 people for drug driving, with 70 people charged, according to figures obtained through Freedom of Information requests by BBC Radio 5 Live. Dyfed Powys made 71 arrests over the period, with 22 facing charges.

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Young Driver Wins Prize Draw

A young driver from Cwmbran is the lucky winner of £250 from Pass Plus Cymru after taking part in the scheme to improve her driving skills. Eighteen year old Lauren Dockree from Croesyceiliog passed her driving test in 2015 and took the Pass Plus course to gain additional experience.

The course is available to drivers aged 17 – 25 in Wales and is designed to help young drivers to be safer on the roads. It focusses on driving techniques such as driving at night, on the motorway, through country lanes or busy towns.

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Wales By Bike

Wales By Bike has launched brand new Twitter accounts bringing you hints, tips and blogs for bikers and other road users.

By following, liking and retweeting, you can assist Wales By Bike in helping to ensure that the fabulous roads in Wales can be safely enjoyed by everyone – but especially bikers!

To promote safe motorcycling in Wales and to raise awareness of the risks bikers face as riders, every day during the summer Wales By Bike will be using #100daysofmotorcycling as a hashtag on their tweets.

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