The Brake Blog

News and views from around the road safety world, with contributions from partners, researchers and campaigners as well as Brake staff and volunteers. All views expressed are those of the contributor and do not necessarily represent those of Brake or its employees.

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How countries around their world plan and build their cities and infrastructure is even more vital than ever these days, not only for the safety of all citizens on the roads, but to improve air quality and provide sustainable modes of transport. Brake's Chief Executive Mary Williams writes about the changes needed in current attitudes to provide sustainable and prosperous cities around the world.

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Monday 11 July saw the launch of Brake’s Roads To Justice campaign outside the Houses of Parliament which brought together many families who have lost a loved one to a criminal driver but never got the justice they deserved. In this blog; Vivienne Craske writes about the lack of justice for her brother Stephen, who was killed in a head on collision six years ago.

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Mobile phone use when driving is still a widespread problem on our roads. However, as modern technology within cars has developed, so has other ways of communicating when driving. Hands-free is now widely available in modern cars and is legal, meaning that hand-held mobile phone use is less of an issue. Yet how safe is hands-free and how much of a distraction is it? Here Dr Graham Hole and Dr Gemma Briggs from the University of Sussex, blog on what they found from their research into hands-free phones. 

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The 2016 Fleet Safety Conference will take place Thursday 26 May 2016. One of the speakers will be Jacqueline O’Donovan, who was an award winner at the Fleet Safety Awards in 2015. Here she uses her expertise as a Managing Director of a Fleet company to talk about the responsibilities that Fleet companies have to protect all road users, especially the most vulnerable. 

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It's easy to forget that roads are not just for cars, they are for everyone - in fact modern roads were first built for bicycles. With that in mind, Dean Ronnie takes a look at the fund which has been set aside by the government to solve the issue of potholes, a potentially deadly problem which plagues our roads, not just for cars, but especially for those who favour pedal power. 

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