The inaugural Cruz Cymru event, which took place earlier this month, attracted more than 1,000 visitors and has been described by the organisers as a ‘roaring success’.
Organised by the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (FRS), the one-day event (3 June) provided the opportunity for road users, emergency services and road safety partners to meet in one place at the same time.
Neil Evans, Mid and West Wales FRS group manager and head of operational response, said planning for a second edition of the event in 2018 is already underway.
Cruz Cymru – which was supported by Go Safe, Road Safety Wales and Dyfed Powys Police – focused on the ‘biggest factors that cause accidents’ on roads in Wales, collectively known as the ‘FATAL 5’ – speeding, alcohol, drugs, mobile phones and seat belts.
The event, staged at The Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells, featured static displays of more than 200 vehicles from different car clubs and motorcycle enthusiasts from across Wales, as well as live demonstrations by the Mid and West Wales FRS.
Neil Evans said: “As an experienced driver of cars, lorries and motorcycles, as well a keen cyclist, it’s clear to me that not all road users are respectful of others.
“This event offered a great opportunity to educate and highlight the dangers that we take every day when travelling on our roads.
“The day was a huge success…visitors came in their droves and it was lovely to see everyone mix well together, whilst learning important road safety messages.”