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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.

How Sudden is helping people understand about bereavement

How Sudden is helping people understand about bereavement

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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We never got any justice for my brother

We never got any justice for my brother

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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Not drink-driving is for life, not just for Christmas

Not drink-driving is for life, not just for Christmas

When you're talking about drink-driving, you often hear about the stories and see the statistics, yet you never really see and hear about the aftermath of someone who is killed or severely injured by drink-drivers. One man who has is Neil, a serving police officer with 25 years' experience. Here, he shares his experiences of dealing with drink-drive casualties and criticises the latest drink-drive campaign released by Think!

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Picking up the pieces: Supporting families after the devastation of a road crash

Picking up the pieces: Supporting families after the devastation of a road crash

Unexpectedly losing a loved one is one of the hardest things that human beings have to go through in their lives. Here at Brake we have a dedicated helpline team who provide support and guidance to those who have lost loved ones or those who need advice in dealing with a sensitive situation. Anna Kilshaw has collaborated with Carol Forshaw, Brake's longest serving helpline officer, to show you what kind of work they do.

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The knock on the door that changed my life forever

The knock on the door that changed my life forever
Peter and Tracey
Peter and Charlie

Five people are killed on UK roads, every day. Every one of those deaths has a devastating long-term impact on those who are bereaved. Brake volunteer Tracey Hepworth lost her fiancé Peter in 1998, in a crash caused by a tired driver. Here, she recalls that day, and talks about her determination to do something positive after this tragedy by campaigning for safer roads.

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