Road Safety Strategy
This month the three fire and rescue services in Wales came
together to launch a Road Safety Strategy which provides a
framework for communicating and implementing our road safety
commitments on a national and local level. This strategy is our
response to the Welsh Government's 'Road Safety Framework for
Wales' and it was launched at the Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells
earlier this summer.
A great deal has been achieved in recent years as
road safety has improved such that the number of incidents has
declined. The fact remains, however, that there is still more we
need to do as there has been an increase in the number of people
seriously injured on our roads.
Statistics show that young people aged 16-24 and motorcyclists
are most vulnerable. Drivers aged 70 or over are also identified as
being at risk, often holding their licence for many years without
undertaking any further training since passing their test.
The latest police figures for Wales for 2014 show that103 people
were killed on Welsh roads last year, a decrease of 7% compared to
2013. However, Partners in Road Safety Wales remain concerned that
the slight overall improvement in the casualty figures has been
overshadowed by the increase in the number of motorcyclists killed
or seriously injured on Welsh roads, which is10% higher than the
average for 2004-08.
The road safety strategy therefore represents a coordinated
effort in the education of road users, specifically targeting
vulnerable groups with a range of activities, interventions and
publicity aimed at effecting behavioural change.
The key to a continuing improvement in road safety is that fire
and rescue services continue to work collaboratively across Wales,
together with our partners adopting a combined approach involving
training, education, publicity, sharing information and
Finally, a word of caution as many of you will be taking the
opportunity to have a barbeque if the sun shines this month.
Whether you are enjoying a BBQ at home, or while out camping with
family and friends, there are a few simple tips that you can use to
ensure your safety, and the safety of those around you when
- Make sure your BBQ is a safe distance from any trees, fences,
tents and anything else that may be in danger of catching
- Don't drink and BBQ - the chef should always wait until the
cooking has finished before enjoying a drink.
- Never put a BBQ in your tent, caravan or awning - even a
cooling one. Not only is it a fire risk, carbon monoxide fumes are
also given off by fire. Carbon monoxide is invisible, odourless and
lethal - you may think it's safe as the flames have died down BUT
more carbon monoxide is given off from a cooling barbeque than a
- Never use petrol or paraffin to start, or revive your BBQ, only
use BBQ fire lighters or starter fuel on cold coal
Never put hot ashes into a dustbin or wheelie bin, allow the
ashes to completely cool down before safely discarding them.
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