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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.

Statistics Soar for HGV Crashes: Safety Strategies under the Spotlight

Statistics Soar for HGV Crashes: Safety Strategies under the Spotlight

With changes to speed limits and regulations for HGVsdespite statistics revealing that HGVs are involved in one in five fatal crashes on A-roads, safety within the fleet environment is more paramount than ever. In the latest Brake blog, Megan Stealey from How's My Driving? looks at what strategies and technologies fleet companies could use to improve road safety.

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Is it time to get tougher on dangerous drivers?

Is it time to get tougher on dangerous drivers?

Something as simple as having a bite to eat whilst driving can be a distraction, it's seen as being in charge of a vehicle without due care and attention and that's why it is prohibited on UK roads. Yet due to the complacency of many drivers and certain things being socially accepted, such as having food at the wheel, drivers are constantly putting themselves and other road users at risk. Here Tori Atkinson, from The Car Loan Warehouse, asks if it's time to get tougher on drivers whose bad habits are putting all road users in danger.

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The real power of 20mph limits

The real power of 20mph limits

At the end of September, Brake released a new Go20 research report, which called on the Government to cut the red tape surrounding 20 mph limits so that lcoal councils could impliment their areas in going 20. Here the author of that report, Dr Tom Fisher, blogs about how social change is important to creating a safer environment for all road users.

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The devastation of road casualties and working together to prevent them

The devastation of road casualties and working together to prevent them

Whilst the work of Brake has seen many strides forward in road safety, there are still unnecessary deaths and injuries happening on our roads every day. In the latest Brake blog; Julie Townsend looks at how much can be done by everyone involved in road safety - from politicians to educators - to try and make the vision of zero road casualties a reality.

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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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