Delyn MP David Hanson is backing a new campaign that highlights the dangers of speeding on rural roads.
Statistically you are three times more likely to be killed on a rural road than an urban one whilst in a car. The Department for Transport’s THINK! Rural Speed Campaign, warning drivers not to go faster than the conditions allow, can be heard on radio stations around the country this month.
Rural areas can tempt motorists into driving too fast for the conditions they are facing. Long straights and demanding bends, as well as less traffic and fewer pedestrians can make drivers believe it is ‘safe’ to go faster than they normally would. But the stark reality is actually the opposite – the risk of fatally injuring yourself or your passengers increases three-fold on a rural road.
This is backed up by the evidence that there is often only one car involved in rural accidents, making it likely that drivers have been tempted to push themselves or their car beyond their limits.
David Hanson said:
“People can all too easily fool themselves into believing that it is safe to go faster on rural roads than they should. Drivers must match their speed to the road characteristics and weather conditions they are experiencing.
“Across Flintshire there are a number of rural areas where, when driving, drivers must factor in unpredictable hazards – like sharp bends, limited visibility or even animals – which can require a quick reaction.
“Figures for last year show a total of 1,256 motorists killed on rural roads, 325 of which were killed on rural roads when driving too fast for the conditions or speeding. 81 of these were in Wales.
“I would urge all motorists to take special care on rural roads and not just put their foot down because there is less traffic.”
Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the news that the National Minimum Wage has risen again to £5.52 from 1st October.
Upon recommendations by the Low Pay Commission, from the adult minimum wage rate has risen to £5.52, that the Youth Development Rate will rise to £4.60 and that the minimum wage for 16-17 year olds will be increased to £3.40.
David Hanson said:
“I am delighted that some 50,000 of the most vulnerable workers across Wales will benefit from this increase in the National Minimum Wage. We cannot afford to forget that 10 years ago people could have been paid less than £2 per hour for doing the same job.
“This Government is committed to a rising minimum wage and the latest increase will help millions of workers across the UK and hundreds in Delyn.
“I am proud that the National Minimum Wage continues to play an important role in the development of our economy.”
Delyn MP David Hanson for today welcomed new leave entitlement which will benefit around 300,000 workers across Wales – and another rise in the minimum wage that will benefit 50,000 in the region from this week.
Up to six million workers across the UK, including 3.5 million women and 2.5 million men, will benefit from the extra annual leave – around 300,000 of them in Wales. The new leave entitlement helps fulfill the Government’s pledge to give an extra boost to workers who are made to take bank holidays out of their annual leave entitlement.
In addition, more than a million workers across the UK will be better off as a result of the minimum wage increases which, when combined with Working Tax credits and other benefits, will provide a guaranteed minimum income of at least £276 a week for families with one child and one full-time worker.
David Hanson said:
“This is great news for workers in Delyn and the 300,000 workers across Wales who stand to benefit from the increased holiday entitlement. 50,000 will also be better off thanks to the latest increase in the minimum wage.
“These changes show the Government is determined to do right by Britain’s hardworking families.
“The changes that come into effect this week will be backed up by a tough new minimum wage enforcement regime announced by the Government last month, including increased maximum fines for employers who flout the laws. Employers who do not pay the correct wages will have to repay arrears to their workers at a higher rate.”
Huw Irranca-Davies MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales is to visit Mold on Wednesday 3rd October to meet with local councillors, members of Cittaslow Mold and Labour party members.
The Minister, who was promoted to his position in the Welsh Office earlier this year, will meet with the leader of Flintshire County Council, Aaron Shotton at lunchtime on the day, before meeting with Mold Town Council and Cittaslow Mold members to discuss a number of important issues in the town, including Mold’s Cittaslow status, energy conservation and Mold going carbon neutral.
The Minister will then finish off the afternoon by meeting local Labour party members.
Delyn MP David Hanson said:
“I am delighted that the Minister has accepted my invitation to visit Mold in his capacity as the new Minister at the Welsh Office.
“I know he will be listening to the issues raised with him by the leader of Flintshire County Council, as well as the ideas of Mold Town Council and Cittaslow Mold.
“As Mold continues to build on its recent successes at the Eisteddfod and achieving its Cittaslow status this is an excellent opportunity to promote its interests to an influential Government Minister.”
Geoff Collett, Cittaslow Mold and Mold Town Councillor, will be giving a presentation to the Minister at Mold Town Hall on Cittaslow Mold, followed by Steve Woosey, Manager, North Wales Energy Efficiency Advice Centre on Mold Going Carbon Neutral, and Will Pierce, Energy Manager at Flintshire County Council, on FCC energy conservation.