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Police aim to reduce casualties on roads

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police-carLAST weekend road policing officers throughout Dyfed Powys continued to focus their efforts on reducing casualties on our roads and urging people to make road safety their priority.

 High visibility patrols and speed checks were carried out on the main routes used by bikers as part of ongoing Operation Darwen. Operation Darwen aims to engage with motorcyclists – educating and enforcing where necessary in order to tackle anti-social and dangerous riding of some motorcyclists. Throughout the weekend approximately 120 motorcycles were stopped, with 71 riders found to be committing road traffic offences. 39 of these were excess speed – and of particular concern was one stopped for doing 115mph in a 60mph area on the A44 between Aberystwyth and Llangurig. Such recklessness on the very road where only last week we saw the tragic loss of 4 lives is totally unacceptable. Also disappointingly on the A4069 in Llangadog a motorcyclist was reported for doing 92mph in a 60mph. Three motorcycles were seized for having no insurance, 5 offences detected relating to driving licence, and the remainder were related to construction and use. Motorists were also equally targeted. 59 motorists were dealt with for traffic offences – 36 of these were for excessive speed. In one location on the A40 near Llandeilo a bicycle time trials event was taking place and a car was stopped doing a 100mph. The potential for such reckless driving to have tragic consequences is clear and it will not be tolerated. Other offences detected included using mobile phones whilst driving, not wearing seat belts, no insurance and construction and use offences. 230 breath tests were carried out. Temporary Superintendent Ieuan Matthews said: “Road safety and casualty reduction is a priority for our roads policing officers who see the consequences of road tragedies all too often. Road safety is the responsibility of each and every road user whatever vehicle they drive. “There is no excuse for any motorists or motorcyclists taking risks on the roads that could lead to serious injury or death to themselves or others on our roads – and they will not be tolerated.”

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Ysgol Bro Pedr raise funds for life saving machine

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PUPILS at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.

The idea came after 15 Year 11 pupils achieved their Level 3 Emergency First Aid Qualification with Ceredigion Youth Service. Pupils felt that it was incredibly important that they and others at the school had the skills, knowledge and equipment to use in an emergency.

Mrs Caryl Jones and pupils raised an outstanding £1,150 through organising a bake sale at the school on 28 March 2019. The school extends their thanks to Lampeter businesses ‘Oh My Cod’ and ‘Y Becws’ for their kind contribution towards the sale.

Guto Crompton, School Based Youth Worker said: “Although first aid is not a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Wales, young people at Ysgol Bro Pedr felt that it should be something that all pupils knew about. This would help them to know what to do in an emergency, whether that be in the school or out in the community. Pupils worked hard to achieve their First Aid qualification which covered aspect such as CPR, casualty management and the use of a defibrillator.”

The defibrillator machine will be placed in the school reception.

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It’s not too late: Ceredigion residents still have time to register to vote

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“CEREDIGION residents still have time to register to vote in the General Election on 12 December,” said the council’s Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Eifion Evans.

Residents still have time to register to vote and to arrange postal or proxy votes if they want to do so. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on November 26. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on November 26 and the deadline to register for a proxy vote is 5pm on December 4.

Mr Evans continued, “Some residents may want to register for postal vote or a proxy vote. This could help people avoid possible wintry conditions of a December election, or young people who have moved out of county to study but still want to vote in Ceredigion.”

Residents can register to vote by using this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling the council’s Electoral Services Team on 01545 570 881.

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