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Partnership working to promote Road Safety Week in Wales


Staff from the three Welsh Fire and Rescue Services along with partners from other agencies are engaging with the public this week as part of UN Road Safety Week. (6th - 11th May).


Staff from North Wales, Mid and West Walesand South Wales Fire and Rescue Service have come together to promote road safety at various locations across Walesfor the week. The campaign was launched at the Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre in Wrexham on Tuesday 7th May. Shoppers were able to learn about road safety in an interactive way in a number of  different ways.


Staff brought along specialist vehicles that are designed to engage with drivers especially young drivers. Shoppers were able to participate in driving challenges as well as watching DVD's highlighting the effects of dangerous driving.


Paul Scott,Community SafetyTeam Manager for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: "We are taking part in this campaign to engage with people in their communities to educate them about the importance of road safety. Key messages crews will be promoting include, let's look out for each other, aimed at children and young people, and don't let distraction lead to destruction, which focuses on young drivers and the impact they can have on pedestrians.


"Young people have a far higher risk of being killed or injured on our roads. They make up around 11% of Welsh driving licences but around a quarter of fatalities and serious injuries. In 2011 young drivers made up 37% of drivers involved in collisions who had alcohol in their system.


"We are delighted to be working with the other two fire and rescue service in Wales to highlight the dangers to the public especially the young people."


The campaign will continue this week by visiting Aberavon shopping centre on Wednesday, Tonypandy on Thursday morning, Aberdare in the afternoon and finishing at Cardiff on Friday morning and Bridgend in the afternoon.

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