Traffic Officer visits Bala Youth Club

Teenagers from a Meirionnydd youth club recently enjoyed a brush with the law after an officer from the Roads Policing Unit paid them a visit.

A photographs of the youths with PC Rogers

PC Gareth Rogers attended Bala Youth Club to give a presentation regarding the work of the Unit after being invited to attend to speak to the youngsters as part of their ‘Youth Achievement Award’ - which is aimed at supporting young people to reach their full potential.

The group were shown the equipment that is carried in a traffic patrol car including the alcohol breath test and drug wipe kits. They were also shown some dash cam footage that showed examples of careless and dangerous driving and were given a talk regarding the ‘Fatal 5’ – which are drink and drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone whilst driving, speeding and dangerous driving.

Photograph of PC Rogers with the breath test kit

PC Rogers said: “The group were given an insight into the work of the Roads Policing Unit and it was great to be asked lots of questions. This was a great opportunity to help build relationships as visits like this are a fun and engaging way for youngsters to interact with the police and allow us to deliver some very important messages. It was a pleasure to accept the invitation.”

During the visit the youths also met with representatives from the Fire and Rescue Service.

Photograph of PC Rogers showing the equipment in the traffic car

Clare Jones who helped organise the trip on behalf of the youth club said: “The Youth Club members had this opportunity as part of their time achieving their ‘Youth Achievement Awards’ for work within their community.

“They would like to thank their local emergency services for taking the time and giving them this experience.

Learn more about the work of the Roads Policing Unit by visiting their page.