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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Bereavement can affect people very differently and like all issues, we need to have a better understanding and more conversation about the topic. In the latest Brake blog, Jack Kushner, who runs the Sudden initiative at Brake, writes about the importance of discussion about sudden bereavement and how the Sudden initiative is helping to inform and engage people.

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One of the most important aspects of staying safe on the road, is having a road worthy safe vehicle which is properly equipped. One area that some drivers fail on is having the right tyres for the job. In the latest Brake blog, Lewis Baker, who writes for traders-insurance.com, advises us all how to be road safe when in comes to looking after our tyres.

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Christmas every year sees a spike in those who take an extra, needless risk, on our roads by driving after consuming alcohol. Whether it is driving home after having a few after work drinks or saving time and money in not getting a taxi or public transport after catching up with family and friends. Here, Jade Morand from miDrive, blogs on the dangers of drink-driving.

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On Sunday 4 December, it was announced that the government has launched a consultation on proposals to increase penalties for drivers who kill while driving dangerously, carelessly or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The new proposals mean criminal drivers could face the same sentences as those charged with manslaughter. In the latest Brake blog, Ceinwen Briddon writes about how her family felt let down by the legal system after her daughter’s killer, who was well over the drink-drive limit when he crashed into and killed Miriam Briddon, was only sentenced to five years in jail.

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For Road Safety Week 2016, we are asking everyone to make and share Brake's Pledge, and show their commitment to saving lives and keeping our roads safe. For the latest Brake blog, Elaine Corner - a road safety educator after a 25 year army career - writes about her own experiences after being in a road crash.

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