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£140k Grant for Carmarthenshire’s Road Safety Education and Training

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The council has received a grant of £140,000 for road safety education and training.

Funding of almost £2million has been made available for local authorities from Welsh Government’s Road Safety Revenue Grant.

In Carmarthenshire, the money will help deliver education and training to high risk and vulnerable groups including motorcyclists, older drivers, younger drivers and primary school pupils.

The council offers a number of free courses throughout the year including older driver refresher courses and Pass Plus Cymru, which is aimed at young drivers aged between 17 and 25 to help improve driving skills and gain extra experience.

Motorcyclists can benefit from various training courses including Dragon Rider Cymru, a full day course of enhanced rider skills delivered by experienced and accredited instructors and tailored to meet the needs of the individual; and Biker Down! Cymru, a three-hour course will give participants a better understanding of what to do in an accident.

Kerbcraft teaches children aged between five and seven how to be safer pedestrians by taking them onto roads and showing them how the right decision-making and behaviour can really help them to keep safe when walking or cycling.

Head of Highways and Transport Steve Pilliner said:

“This funding will help us to deliver various road safety education and training programmes, working with partner agencies such as Dyfed-Powys Police, Go Safe and the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service. All helping to keep people safe.

“Road safety is extremely important and with road user behaviour a significant contributor to accidents, officers will continue to work in schools, colleges, businesses and with local communities to raise awareness, educate and train all types of road users in order to improve skills and behaviour.”

For further information on the courses available please visit www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/roadsafety. You can also find Carmarthenshire Road Safety on Facebook and Twitter @carmsroadsafety.