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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.

We need tougher laws for criminal drivers who kill.

We need tougher laws for criminal drivers who kill.

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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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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The impact of traumatic brain injury

The impact of traumatic brain injury

In 1988 John Hindle was your average child looking forward to what life would bring, yet a road crash left him with serious injuries that would affect him for the rest of his life. Here he describes what people who suffer from traumatic brain injuries go through.

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Justice for victims of criminal driving

Justice for victims of criminal driving

On January 12th the Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland presented the Criminal Driving (Justice for Victims) Bill in the House of Commons using the ten minute rule. Backed by 31 fellow MP’s this Bill will aim to increase sentences for those convicted of criminal driving offences that lead to serious injury or death. Here Greg Mulholland explains why he has been working on this bill.

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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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