We all have a part to play in helping to keep our roads safe for all; be that motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, or animals.
At South Wales Police we have specialist teams dedicated to keeping road users safe, including a Roads Policing Unit who patrol our roads day and night to both prevent and detect offences, and a dedicated Territorial Crime Team, which targets organised criminals, proactively denying them use of the road network.
We have a number of specialist officers including those who are trained to investigate collisions, support bereaved families and investigate complex cases to bring them before the courts and offenders to justice.
We are one of a number of partners who support Go Safe, a Wales-wide road casualty initiative, which also hosts Op Snap.
Did you know, the #FatalFive are the leading causes of road traffic collisions in Wales.
Please be #RoadSmart and make sure you know what the Fatal Five are and how by avoiding them you can better protect yourself and other road users.
Test your knowledge with our #FatalFive quiz
1. How many people were prosecuted for seatbelt offences in South Wales in 2020?
2.How often is someone killed or seriously injured on UK roads?
Every 10 minutes
Every 22 minutes
Every 47 minutes
Every 55 minutes
3. Excess speed is a contributing factor to how many fatal road crashes?
1 in 3
1 in 4
1 in 5
1 in 6
4. How many people a year die in the UK, in a drink related crash?
Less than 150
More than 200
More than 300
5. Drug-driving is a factor in how many fatal crashes in the UK?
1 in 5
1 in 10
1 in 20
1 in 30
6. How more likely are you to be in a crash if you use your phone behind the wheel?
2. Every 22 minutes
3. 1 in 3
4. More than 200
5. 1 in 20
6. Four times
Mobile phones at the wheel - Updated UK legislation
On March 25, 2022, the law changed in relation to the use of mobile phones at the wheel.
Further details can be found here and below, PC Mike Jordan from our Roads Policing Department provides some further clarity.
Op Snap - Your video footage helping to keep south Wales' roads safe
Think you’ve filmed a road traffic offence in action? Don’t believe your footage will make a difference?
Everyone captured in these short clips has been prosecuted, for offences including dangerous driving, driving without due care and attention, contravening traffic lights, and driving with an insecure load.
All were prosecuted as a direct result of reports from the public.
We all have a responsibility to help keep our roads safe, and your dash-cam, mobile phone or CCTV footage can play a huge part in that.
Whether you’ve captured someone driving without a seatbelt, while using a mobile phone, or driving dangerously, OpSnap, hosted by our partner agency GoSafe, enables you to report traffic offence concerns and easily submit footage.