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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Mar
09

Exchanging Places – and why we shouldn’t be doing it.

Exchanging Places – and why we shouldn’t be doing it.

Just a few weeks ago at Brake's annual reception Sergeant Simon Castle won Brake's inaugural Outstanding Commitment to Road Safety Week Award. A committed educator in road safety, here he speaks about the work he is doing to make London's streets safer through the Exchanging Places programme and why he hopes he won't be doing it for much longer.

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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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