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How much do Brits really know about road crashes?

How much do Brits really know about road crashes?

When it comes to road safety, there seems to be a lack of awareness from the general public and a sense of passing the buck when it comes to responsibility on our roads. In the latest Brake blog, Steven Crouch from Citygate ask if the people who use our roads really know about the true causes of road crashes?

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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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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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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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