2014 saw a 4% rise in the number of deaths on UK roads. Yet despite those figures - speeding on all roads seems to be the norm for many drivers. Here, Brake's Greg Marah looks at the perception of speeding amongst the media and general public, particularly from those who are caught lamenting what is perceived to be a 'tax' on motorists.
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With changes to speed limits and regulations for HGVs, despite 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.
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.
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.
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.