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Would automatic bans for drivers using mobiles finally prevent people from putting lives at risk on the roads?

Would automatic bans for drivers using mobiles finally prevent people from putting lives at risk on the roads?

The temptation is always there when driving, to glance away for a few seconds to check your phone that just vibrated or to answer a call you may think is extremely important. However, despite being a crime many still do it. Here Ben Marsden, an assistant solicitor with experience in dealing with road traffic collisions, writes about how stringent measures may cut down the number of collisions caused by drivers distracted by their phones. 

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Six things to think about before driving abroad

Six things to think about before driving abroad

It's at this time of year where the people of Britain are treated to a few bank holidays and long weekends. If you decide that this may be the perfect opportunity to explore the continent then you really need to know the driving laws abroad. Here Matt Oliver from Gocompare.com talks through all of the important points you need to know if you're driving through Europe. 

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Exchanging Places – and why we shouldn’t be doing it.

Exchanging Places – and why we shouldn’t be doing it.

Just a few weeks ago at Brake's annual reception Sergeant Simon Castle won Brake's inaugural Outstanding Commitment to Road Safety Week Award. A committed educator in road safety, here he speaks about the work he is doing to make London's streets safer through the Exchanging Places programme and why he hopes he won't be doing it for much longer.

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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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Drink-driving: Still a festive issue

Drink-driving: Still a festive issue

Last month Police Scotland released the figures for those caught drink-driving over the 2015 festive period. Whilst the those caught drink-driving year round are falling, Christmas once again saw a spike in people who were willing to risk their the lives of others as well as themselves. Brake's Greg Marah questions it the UK's stance on drink-driving is hard enough and whether enough is being done to highlight the issues drink-driving still causes.

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