Driving force in Gwynedd road safety campaign

Posted 18/09/2012 14:10:36

The Gwynedd-Môn Road Safety Partnership's campaign to make the region's roads safer has been boosted by the use of a motorcycle.

The partnership brings together a range of road safety expertise, including Gwynedd Council and the Isle of Anglesey County Council and the emergency services. Its aim is to promote a better understanding of road safety and to lower serious and fatal collisions amongst vulnerable road users, particularly young drivers and their passengers and motorcyclists.

According to the partnership's research, road users most likely to be involved in an accident in the region are motorcyclists with many seriously injured or killed and on our roads each year.

The Gwynedd-Môn Road Safety Partnership works closely with motorcycle groups to promote safety initiatives, for example by holding Bikesafe workshops and by speaking to motorcyclists to remind them of simple safety measures they can take. A motorbike has been loaned to the partnership by the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and will be used during these events and to engage with the motorcycling community.

Councillor Gareth Roberts, Gwynedd Council's Cabinet Member with responsibility for highways and transport, said: "The partnership carries out vital work by reminding all motorists to be bike-wise on our roads. Too many lives are affected by road traffic accidents and motorcyclists are especially at risk. I am delighted to see Gwynedd Council working with its partners to make our communities safer places and am confident that this motorcycle, kindly lent by the fire service, will be put to good use."

Terry Williams, Community Safety Manager, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: "Motorcyclists are amongst the highest risk as road users and we continue to witness some dreadful examples of lives being cut tragically short because of inexperience and risk taking. The motorcycle will be put to good use and is seen as an ideal resource in terms of engaging with the motorcycle groups and other vulnerable road users."

Dermot O'Leary from the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust and chairman of the Gwynedd-Mon Road Safety Partnership, said: "The Partnership recognises that there needs to be a consistency of approach to road safety intervention in collaboration with key stake holders who share the same goals in reducing road casualties and maximise resources in our endeavours to reduce road casualties. As Chair of the group I wish to thank the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service for their contribution. The motorcycle carries the partnership logo and is seen as an invaluable asset, which will be used to promote road safety in our communities and encourage motorcyclists to attend local Bikesafe workshops."

Paul Cheshire, North Wales Police Bikesafe Co-ordinator said that the partnerships involved with ensuring positive motorcycle road safety was affective in north Wales should be complimented.

"The Fire Service, who are always in support of the initiative, were right to identify the partnership as a recipient of the motorcycle to continue its purpose to promote road safety. The partnership has a proven record in this respect and would make good use of the vehicle to compliment our common aims."

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