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Four new road safety schemes for Dyfed-Powys

Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 09.58.19FOUR new road safety schemes aim to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads of Dyfed-Powys in 2016.

Three will inspire better road behaviour and attitudes amongst younger road users, the fourth will encourage improved driving by older motorists.

All are being funded by Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon.

Mr Salmon said: “I want my Road to Safety programme to protect all road users; these first initiatives focus on those who are most at risk on roads across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.

“Too many people die or are badly hurt on our roads; working with trusted expert partners I want to make Dyfed- Powys a safer place.”

One scheme, from Performance in Education, is a programme of bilingual multi-media performances and workshops for all secondary schools across Dyfed-Powys. It aims to improve road safety behaviour and attitudes.

Another, from Dyfed-Powys Police, will produce research which will lead to new schemes to keep young drivers safe.

The third is from the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service. It will see emergency service partners reduce speed and anti-social driving by working directly with young people likely to get involved in such incidents.

The fourth, from Dyfed-Powys Police, will produce research which will lead to new schemes to keep older drivers safe.

In the first six months of last year more than 600 people were killed or injured on Dyfed-Powys roads. Last summer the public told Mr Salmon in a survey that they wanted road users to improve their attitudes towards safety.

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The four new road safety schemes are being funded by Mr Salmon. They will operate through 2016 as part of Mr Salmon’s Road to Safety programme. He is also reinvesting around £180,000 of Road to Safety funding in roads policing.

He said: “I had some great ideas on keeping road users safe and I’ve chosen the best. My Road to Safety scheme will improve the lives of our communities by reducing the number of road casualties.

“I and Dyfed-Powys Police continue to work hard to preserve life but the public also have a great role to play in keeping all of us safe.

“I ask drivers, bikers and cyclists to consider the importance of road safety. The people best able to affect the safety of road users – weather and road surface included – are road users themselves.

“One death is one too many – I urge caution and care by all.”