The Council’s Road Safety Team has completed a busy and successful week engaging with residents across the county borough, as part of Road Safety Week 2017.
Road Safety Week is the UK’s biggest road safety event, and is coordinated each year by road safety charity Brake. This year (November 20-26) its theme was ‘Speed Down, Save Lives’ to raise awareness of the problem of speeding motorists and the potential consequences of driving too quickly on our roads.
In Rhondda Cynon Taf, Road Safety Officers delivered numerous projects made possible through Welsh Government and Council funding. Below are the activities which took place:
BUZBY exercise – on Monday, officers were out and about recording details of drivers using a handheld mobile phone behind the wheel. In total, 19 people were seen using mobile phones while driving on Tonteg Road and Hopkinstown Road. These motorists will be sent a warning letter by South Wales Police, reminding them that using a mobile phone while driving is extremely dangerous, and can result in six penalty points on their licence and a £200 fine.
Kerbcraft training in schools – various schools across the county borough took part in training designed to arm children with essential skills to be safer pedestrians. They learned the best and safest ways to cross roads in a variety of locations – including between parked cars and near a junction. In total, 146 Year 2 pupils took part. Cymmer Primary, Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Bronllwyn, Llwyncelyn Infants, Ysgol Llanhari, Penygraig Infants, Cwmbach Community Primary and Treorchy Primary engaged with activities during the week.
Road safety information event – more than 100 members of the public interacted with Officers at Asda Tonypandy, as road safety advice was provided with help from partners in Go Safe and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service. A speed camera van and fire engine were present, while road safety mascot Zarla the Zebra and Junior Road Safety Officers from Treorchy Primary School helped spread the road safety message.
Pass Plus Cymru course – a group of newly-passed drivers attended the course which was delivered at Treforest Fire Station. The new drivers will now go on to receive additional practical training from an approved driving instructor. The training is valuable to provide new drivers with more driving techniques, hints and tips upon passing their test.
Drive Safer for Longer course – a group of enthusiastic drivers aged over 65 took part in this course delivered in Church Village, in partnership with South Wales Police and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service. The group gained advice and knowledge to enhance their driving skills and maintain their confidence on the roads.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said:
“Road Safety Week has once again proven to be a success in Rhondda Cynon Taf, with many residents engaging with our Road Safety Team in a number of activities.
“It is great to see that 150 pupils took part in training sessions carried out by Officers in our schools, to teach the young people how to stay safe as pedestrians. More than 100 residents also engaged with us in a public road safety information event held alongside partner agencies, while a dedicated session delivered to drivers over the age of 65 was also successful.
“I would like to thank everyone who engaged with the activities put on during Road Safety Week 2017 in Rhondda Cynon Taf.”
Members of the public, and schools, can enquire about any of the services the Council’s Road Safety Team offers, by emailing email@example.com.