#SurroundTheTown - Cwmbran: Working together to tackle safe driving and local policing priorities.

After the success of the Newport enforcement day, 'Surround The Town' returns today in Cwmbran.

The initiative, coordinated by GoSafe and Gwent Police, saw officers and our partners carry out speed, seatbelt, drink-driving and parking enforcement on Wednesday 2nd October 2019. Working with partner agencies across Newport the coordinated effort included educational driver inputs and safety talks to students.

This morning (Thursday 28th November 2019) we will again be working with GoSafe, the road casualty organisation, in partnership with Torfaen County Borough Council and South Wales Fire & Rescue Service, to address safe driving, local crime priorities and highlight local services.

Like before, 'Surround the Town' will involve multiple teams across the town to support the people of Cwmbran, ensuring they can live, work and visit in a safe environment. The operation encompasses a number of initiatives, including motoring offenses, collision and speed awareness, parking and local enforcement, antis-social behaviour, drug offenses and organised crime groups.

The key activities are:

  • Proactive stops by police on cars, targeting areas of concern around the town.
  • Engagement with residents about housing/littering/abandoned vehicles.
  • Enforcement of speeding, mobile phone, seatbelts and other road traffic offences.
  • Driver awareness around cyclists and road safety.
  • Parking enforcement and environment waste enforcement.
  • Local policing priorities including; anti-social behaviour, drug use / supply and organised crime groups.

You can join us and our partners, including local support services, in Gwent Square. Throughout the day, the Crash Detectives will join South Wales Fire & Rescue Service with their crash car, to educate visitors on the dangers relating to the Fatal 5 which includes drink/drug driving, reducing speed, careless driving and wearing a seatbelt. The Police Cadets and Heddlu Bach will be in town, engaging with residents and delivering local crime messages, advice and help. There also will be the opportunity for youngster to have a taster driving session, in a safe organised setting, to introduce road safety knowledge right from the start.

Gwent Police GoSafe Coordinator, Sergeant Jason Williams said; “’Surround the Town’ is an initiative which aims to improve the lives of all who live, work and visit Cwmbran. This event is bigger than our last event in Newport, covering more partners, local initiatives and services. We all have the right to use the roads safely and through working together as partners we hope that our messages will make a difference, making Cwmbran a safer place for everyone.

“We know that the majority of road users comply with speed limits, ensure they wear a seatbelt and do not use their mobile phones when behind the wheel. This operation is targeting the minority who do not."

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Road Traffic Reduction Station Manager, John Bolton said;

"Far too many people are seriously injured and killed in road traffic collisions, so anything we can do which gets the message across about being safe, sensible and considerate of other roads users is crucial. Cwmbran Town Centre is a busy central location and this is a great opportunity to work in partnership by raising awareness of simple safety steps which can reduce incidents on our roads."

As well as the crashed vehicle in Gwent Square shopping centre, Gwent Police and South Wales Fire & Rescue Service will be on hand to enforce the message around the consequences of road traffic collisions. Students at the Coleg Gwent will also have the opportunity to see road safety films through virtual reality, courtesy of South Wales Fire & Rescue Service.

Craig Williams, Team Leader, Highways, Traffic and Enforcement for Torfaen County Borough Council said; “We are delighted to be able to support the Surround the Town initiative. Our Joint Civil Parking and Environment Enforcement Officers will be visible in the town centre carrying out their duties to ensure it’s a safe place for pedestrians and motorists. The team have dual powers which means they can fine people for offences such as littering, and parking illegally on double yellow lines.

“We will also have a road safety officer available on the day who will be handing out useful information such as how to fit car seats safely. So if you are a parent, and have road safety questions (in relation to children), our road safety officer is looking forward to meeting you.”

Sergeant Williams concluded; "Surround The Town aims to reduce anti-social behaviour on the streets and roads of Cwmbran, tackling issues that affect the town, through a single day of action that will demonstrate what the emergency services and our partners tackle every day whilst educating the public.”