Road safety professionals from
across Wales join forces


Mobile phones, distracted driving, mature drivers and marketing were just a few of the topics covered at yesterday’s Road Safety Wales Conference.

The event, which was held in Llandrindod Wells, was attended by more than 90 police officers, road safety officers and practitioners from across Wales.

Chaired by Teresa Ciano, chair of Road Safety Wales, the conference included presentations from Dr Gemma Briggs, of the Open University, who talked about distracted driving; Dr Helen Wells, of Keele University, who focused on mobile phone use; Rebecca Needham, of RoSPA who discussed evaluation; and Rebecca Morris, of Road Safety Support, who explained the importance of public relations in road safety.

Other speakers included Susan Storch, of Dyfed Powys Police, and Kayleigh Tonkins, of Ceredigion County Council, who shared the details of their mature driver project; Mark Foweraker, of the County Surveyors’ Society; PC Mark Hodson and PC Richard Lyman, of West Midlands Police Road Harm Reduction Team, who spoke about Operation Zig Zag; and SC4 television presenter Emyr Penlan.

After the event, Teresa Ciano (pictured), said: “We have some of the safest roads in the world but that’s still not enough. By working together we will constantly strive to make things even better.”

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