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Officers from our RPSO team carried out a road safety operation in Newbridge on Monday (18 September) as part of a national vulnerable road users road safety campaign.
Vulnerable road users are:
Officers were joined by a certified optometrist, who carried out eye tests and spoke to drivers about the importance of eye health and regular checks.
A number of people were arrested:
The following traffic offences were reported:
RPSO Sergeant Dan Wise, who is leading this campaign, said:
“This operation acts as a reminder that our officers are out there patrolling the roads of Gwent and helping to keep all road users safe.
“Working alongside partners such as Optometry Wales helps us educate drivers about the importance of being considerate when around vulnerable road users and while on our roads.
“This operation was not about issuing tickets to everyone, it was aimed at engaging with road users at every opportunity, educating people where possible, and enforcing where necessary.”
Steve Wilding, a certified optometrist who joined officers for this operation, said:
“It’s important for people to remember that the DVLA standard for driving is based not only on your level of vison, but also on your peripheral vision.
“It’s fundamentally important to maintain good ocular health. A good diet and healthy lifestyle attribute to this good eye health.
“People should have their eyes tested every two years. Those who are diabetic or have a family history of glaucoma should have their tests every 12 months.”
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