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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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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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