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.
Apr
05

Would automatic bans for drivers using mobiles finally prevent people from putting lives at risk on the roads?

Would automatic bans for drivers using mobiles finally prevent people from putting lives at risk on the roads?

The temptation is always there when driving, to glance away for a few seconds to check your phone that just vibrated or to answer a call you may think is extremely important. However, despite being a crime many still do it. Here Ben Marsden, an assistant solicitor with experience in dealing with road traffic collisions, writes about how stringent measures may cut down the number of collisions caused by drivers distracted by their phones. 

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Dec
15

Road safety: An all year round issue

Road safety: An all year round issue

During UK Road Safety Week, long-term Brake supporter Jeremy Williamson delivered interactive road safety talks to secondary schools. Here, he reflects on his own experiences and why, for him, road safety is an important topic all year round

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Oct
20

Speeding should never be socially acceptable

Speeding should never be socially acceptable

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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Sep
15

Get set for connected car data take off

Get set for connected car data take off

Data has changed the way the world thinks and works, from analysing a customer's shopping habits through their loyalty cards to specifically tracking a top flight footballer's every move. But what could it mean for road safety? Jonathan Hewett from Octo Telematics gives his insight on how 'big data' can not only improve driver behaviour, but lower insurance premiums for safer drivers.

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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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