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Choose ZERO | 16.08.17

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Stroud Road Safety Liaison Group, which is chaired by Gloucestershire County Councillor Dr John Cordwell, used a recent meeting to highlight the risks caused by drivers being distracted by mobile phones. Using mobile phones is one of the most dangerous behaviours for motorists, putting drivers, passengers and others on the road at risk of death and serious harm. In March the penalty for using a hand-held mobile phone doubled from £100 to £200, and from three to six penalty points. The increases in the penalties could easily result in newRead more...

Operation Close Pass | 27.07.17

Police in Cheltenham will be on the look out for motorists who drive too close to cyclists during a road safety operation in the town this week. Operation Close Pass, an initiative originally launched by West Midlands Police, involves plain clothes police officers on bikes who will identify the drivers who do not leave enough room as they overtake. The drivers will then be stopped by uniformed officers and offered roadside education as an alternative to prosecution. The is the second Close Pass operation to be led by the Tri-ForceRead more...

Operation Close Pass in Gloucestershire – Blog | 19.06.17

Police are running an operation across our region, including Avon & Somerset and Wiltshire as well as Gloucestershire, to identify people who drive inconsiderately, carelessly or recklessly, particularly around people on bikes. The operation, which was pioneered by West Mids Police, uses non-uniformed officers riding bikes equipped with cameras. They can alert colleagues to driving they witness that falls significantly below the standard required to pass a driving test. Those drivers will be stopped and offered a choice between education at the roadside or points and a fine or, forRead more...

Don’t set off for a summer BBQ without reading this… | 15.06.17

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Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, police and county council road safety team are asking drivers and riders to ‘choose zero alcohol’ this summer. Even if you’re under the limit, you’re at risk when you drink and drive. In the past five years, more than 300 drivers have been killed or injured in alcohol-related collisions in Gloucestershire, 92 of these incidents were in 2016. To reduce future incidents, the message is clear: even if you’re under the legal limit, the increased risk makes it dangerous to get behind the wheel, asRead more...

Are you a parent or carer of a child changing to ‘Big’ school in September? | 29.03.17

Look out for a leaflet from us which will be in your child’s welcome pack for their new secondary school. It’s called ‘A new journey ahead’ and contains lots of useful safety tips to help parents or carers and their children. We know that moving up to secondary school is an exciting time but it can be a huge change too, with much more independence for students. Whether your child’s new journey involves walking, cycling, going by bus or car, there’s plenty you can do to help prepare them forRead more...

National Bikeabilty Scheme copies our cycle certificates! | 24.03.17

When the child rides off home after training, very often the only evidence of anything learnt is the certificate they want to show their parent. And if it just congratulates the rider on completing the course, parents aren’t going to learn much about the progress their child has made, or the important bits the child needs to develop to become that competent and independent cyclist they hope for.  So a while back the RSP came up with a certificate that logs all of the learnt elements during that child’s cycleRead more...

Talking about Child Car Seats with the County’s Children and Families Team | 23.03.17

New child seat regulations, which came into force last month have been causing concern and some confusion amongst members of the public and our own GCC staff in the Children’s Services Teams.  So, the County’s Road Safety Team has been scheduling visits to these teams throughout the County giving them advice and the reassurance that so long as they continue to restrain children in their care in suitable child restraints they’re doing the right job. The new rule changes only apply to a new Booster Cushion (just the base) product. Read more...

Congratulations Newent School! | 20.03.17

Today (20/03/17) approx 60  year 12 sixth form students were presented with their certificates for successfully completing the Drive iQ Gloucestershire programme over a period of 10 – 12 weeks as part of their PSHE curriculum at Newent Community School. They were congratulated by Watch Manager Roger Pickett from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue and the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Brierley. The two representatives were enthused by the commitment and dedication the students demonstrated in making this programme one of their extracurricular priorities. The school was praised for beingRead more...

Driving for work?  Leave your phone alone | 01.03.17

With the penalty for using a hand-held mobile phone doubling from 1st March, the Road Safety Partnership is reminding all drivers and riders of their campaign ‘No Mobile, When Mobile’ leave your phone alone, and also reminding businesses of their responsibility for their staff, especially those who drive on business. Driving is the most dangerous activity that most people do, and about 150 people every week are killed or seriously injured in collisions while driving or riding on the road for work purposes. Health and Safety law applies to onRead more...

Good news, no change for existing booster car seats | 01.03.17

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The Road Safety Team has provided expert training and advice on the latest regulations for new child car seat products.  Fire-Fighters at Gloucester North Fire Station have received refresher child seat check training including an introduction to new rules which have been worrying and confusing parents. These new rule changes only apply to new child car seat products.  Existing child car seats used by parents that comply to safety standards will continue to be suitable child restraints in law. The first is Regulation 129 for new rearward-facing baby seats.  CalledRead more...

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