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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.

Be drink-drive aware this Christmas

Be drink-drive aware this Christmas

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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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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No phone call is more important than someone’s life

No phone call is more important than someone’s life

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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New national road casualty figures hide the potholes in cyclist safety

New national road casualty figures hide the potholes in cyclist safety

It's virtually a daily occurrence in the UK that there is a road collision involving a cyclists and a motor vehicle. In the latest Brake blog, Hugh Potter, partner and personal injury specialist at Potter Rees Dolan, explains why cyclist safety is a ticking time bomb that needs to be disarmed.

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Driving & FOMO: Is our addiction to social media making the roads more dangerous?

Driving & FOMO: Is our addiction to social media making the roads more dangerous?
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Nearly a third of all people keep their phones in their pockets whilst they drive, meaning we’re constantly aware of receiving notifications and calls. The temptation and social pressure of staying in the loop means that more people than ever think it’s fine to use their phone whilst they drive. Katy Latta, working alongside Aviva on their #DriveSafer campaign, reveals why this is and the impact it’s having on road safety

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