Welsh Government teams up with police ahead of 20mph roll out

13.29 | 2 August 2023 | | 1 comment

The Welsh Government has teamed up with police forces to help educate motorists ahead of the 20mph default speed limit roll out in September.

On 17 September, Wales will become the first UK nation to introduce a new default 20mph speed limit on restricted roads.

To prepare motorists for this significant change, the Welsh Government and the police are working with the fire service, Go Safe (Wales’ Road Casualty Reduction Partnership), local authorities and other community groups to educate motorists. 

At roadsides across Wales, fire service staff will work with partners, to stop speeding motorists in 20mph areas and offer them the opportunity to watch an educational video rather than face a fine of prosecution.

The video warns about the dangers of excessive speeds and highlights the benefits of slower speed. It is only offered to those motorists not driving excessively over the speed limit.

Supt Leanne Brustad, Gwent Police said: “Engagement, education, and enforcement plays a huge part in the rollout.

“We will continue to work closely with our partners to educate drivers as much as possible as the new speed limit comes into force and help deliver all of the benefits of this policy.” 

Group manager Richie Smart, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Our fire fighters see the devastating impacts that road traffic collisions, including those in built up areas where people and vehicles mix closely, can have. 

“We are therefore pleased to support our partners to raise awareness of the importance of speed limits to keep everyone safe.”


 

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    Just a note to pre-empt any confusion or mis-understanding in the poorly worded press release (as has already been the case in national daily papers online). Police will stop drivers and the road safety section of the Fire service will run the presentations, mainly from local fire station bases. Just a development of what is already done for seat belt, mobile phone etc joint campaigns.


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