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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...

The cost of a call or text when driving is going up! 01.03.17 |

No Mobile, When Mobile Campaign The cost of a call or text when driving is going up! The Road Safety Partnership is reminding all drivers to leave their phone alone when driving or riding.  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 is doubling, from £100 to £200, and 3 to 6 penalty points, and this penalty can be avoided ifRead more...

Drive for Life event at Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School, Wotton-under-Edge 08.02.17 |

Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School (KLB) is to host its second Drive for Life event this Wednesday.  A similar event two years ago had such good feedback from the students that the school wanted to host another one for all 300 of their current sixth-formers. The Drive for Life events are multi-agency drawing on the resources of Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership (Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Gloucestershire Constabulary and Gloucestershire County Council) and the South Western Ambulance Service. The event is supported by other private-sector and voluntary-sector agencies and the studentsRead more...

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