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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.
Aug
04

Mount Snowdon: fundraising for road safety

Mount Snowdon: fundraising for road safety

It was only four months after the death of her partner, Lidia Zoetemelk, in May 2013, that Brake volunteer Iris Yee took part in a fundraising challenge which raised £4,200 for Brake, treking up Mount Snowdown with other bereaved volunteers. In one of the many Dear Lidia letters she wrote in the first year after her death, Iris describes that day.

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Jul
28

PCCs and roads policing: demands and challenges

PCCs and roads policing: demands and challenges

Against a background of wide-ranging police cuts, recent years have seen traffic policing levels suffer more than other areas of policing. With the local policing agenda now largely set by elected Police and Crime Commissioners, Dr Helen Wells from Keele University examines what's driving their decision making.

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Jul
21

Time please, to lower the drink drive limit

Time please, to lower the drink drive limit

Brake has long campaigned for a zero-tolerance drink drive limit, in line with the evidence that even one drink makes you more likely to be involved in a crash. Following Scotland lowering its drink drive limit to 50mg at the end of last year, the topic has become a hot one for discussion. Chief Inspector Victoria Martin, representing the Police Federation of England and Wales, gives her take on why it's time for the rest of the UK to follow suit.

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Jul
09

The 20mph default urban speed limit: an unlikely advocate

The 20mph default urban speed limit: an unlikely advocate

The day after reports surfaced that City of York Council is considering rolling back its wide area 20mph limits, Brake campaigns officer Ed Morrow analyses the reasoning and suggests it actually provides justification for more 20mph limits, not less.

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Jul
07

The knock on the door that changed my life forever

The knock on the door that changed my life forever
Peter and Tracey
Peter and Charlie

Five people are killed on UK roads, every day. Every one of those deaths has a devastating long-term impact on those who are bereaved. Brake volunteer Tracey Hepworth lost her fiancé Peter in 1998, in a crash caused by a tired driver. Here, she recalls that day, and talks about her determination to do something positive after this tragedy by campaigning for safer roads.

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