The Brake Blog

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
13

Automated vehicles: silver bullet or fools’ gold?

Automated vehicles: silver bullet or fools’ gold?

Following our look at choosing safe vehicles earlier this week, today we look at what might be considered the ultimate safety feature: automation. Since the government's launch of three driverless vehicle trials in February, there's been much speculation about their benefits. Professor Nick Reed from the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) examines where we are now and what needs to be overcome before they become a reality.

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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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Jun
30

Using the wisdom of crowds to bring down speeds

Using the wisdom of crowds to bring down speeds

When campaigning for 20mph speed limits, we often hear responses along the lines of 'I think it's a great idea in theory, but I don't think people will comply with it unless it's enforced'. But there are ways of using the carrot rather than just the stick to get people to GO 20, as Nicola Wass from So-mo explains.

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Jun
17

Young driver crashes: the case for graduated driver licensing

Young driver crashes: the case for graduated driver licensing

Young drivers have long been recognised as a particularly high risk group on the roads, and devastating crashes involving teenagers are never far from the headlines. Dr Sarah Jones from Public Health Wales, an expert in this field, makes the case for graduated driver licensing as the solution to this intractable road safety problem.

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