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Greg Knight, MP for East Yorkshire, December 2009

dec09Greg Knight MP wins Brake’s ‘Parliamentarian of the Month’ award

East Yorkshire MP Greg Knight has won December’s ‘Parliamentarian of the Month’ award for his persistence in campaigning for safety improvements to the A1079 in his constituency.

The A1079 is a main artery through the East Riding of Yorkshire. The road runs through a number of villages and has a high casualty rate. There have been more than 300 crashes and 20 people have died on the road in the past five years, with four of the deaths taking place in December 2009.

Greg Knight has been campaigning for more than two years to persuade the Government and local highway authority to invest in safety improvements on the road, which is listed as the seventh most dangerous road in the United Kingdom*. From 2006 to 2009 he has regularly raised the profile of the problem in the media, maintaining pressure on national Government and local agencies.

One of the first steps in Mr Knight’s campaign was to table an Early Day Motion with neighbouring MP Graham Stuart, in October 2006, calling on the Government to provide funding for safety improvements on the A1079.

Throughout his campaign, Mr Knight has been working closely with Action Access, a local road safety action group that has inspired 650 local residents to sign a petition requesting funding for the upgrading of the A1079 road between Hull and York. Mr Knight joined the Action Access coordinators to take the petition to Number 10 Downing Street in February 2007.

Mr Knight has met with successive Transport Ministers on several occasions since April 2009 to demand increased funding for safety improvements on the road. He regularly calls for Government action through his local media, pointing out that Yorkshire and Humberside transport funding is just £215 per head of population compared with the England average of £305 per head.

He has also made representations to the Regional Transport Board and keeps in regular contact with the local highway authority. Highways officials have said they “appreciate Mr Knight’s efforts to secure Government funding to upgrade and improve the A1079.”

On 20 April 2009, Mr Knight asked a question in Parliament to highlight the terrible scale of death and injury on the road and urgent need for funding to Parliament and Government. He followed this up in November 2009 with another Parliamentary question on the Government’s plans for action, keeping up the pressure for funding to tackle the dangers on the A1079.

To push for an immediate practical solution to the stalemate, given the horrific number of deaths in December 2009, Mr Knight urged the local highway authority to construct a number of relatively low-cost pedestrian refuges as an interim safety measure. This proposal is now being seriously considered and the local authority is carrying out a feasibility study with a view to constructing pedestrian refuges on the road.

Mr Knight has vowed to keep up the pressure in 2010 until a long-term and effective solution to stop the carnage on the A1079 is achieved.

Greg Knight MP says “The A1079 is a main arterial route through the East Riding and as the economic recession starts to recede traffic levels will increase even further. Additional safety measures and improvements on this road are therefore vital, both in the interests of motorists and pedestrians alike, and I will continue to campaign until this has been achieved.”

Cathy Keeler, Brake’s Deputy Chief Executive, says “We congratulate Greg on his determination to improve road safety in his constituency and stop the carnage on the A1079. We are delighted to give Greg our ‘Parliamentarian of the Month’ award in recognition of his efforts and urge him to keep up the campaign”

Click below to read recent news stories on the issue:
Campaign appeal after teen killed on A1079 - The Press, 02.12.09
A1079 safety plea after widow dies - The Press, 06.12.09
Two die on A1079 - Nafferton Today, 23.12.09

If you know of a dangerous road in your area, call Brake’s Zak the zebra hotline on 08000 68 77 80 or report the road online, and Brake could help you campaign for road safety improvements.

Andrea Leadsom, MP for South Northamptonshire

ALeadsomAndrea Leadsom, MP for South Northamptonshire, has been given a national road safety award by the charity Brake and Direct Line Group for her work campaigning alongside a local bereaved family to improve young driver safety.

Rebecca Taylor, aged 18, from Northampton, died in September 2008, after she dropped her sister off at school. Rebecca was driving home along Northampton Road when she hit surface water on the road and lost control of her car. After narrowly missing two other vehicles, Rebecca clipped a curb and spun into the path of a car travelling the other way.

After her death, the family began campaigning for improvements to young driver safety, crash investigation and rural road safety, and they contacted Andrea to ask her to help promote these issues in Parliament.

The family first met with Andrea on 10 September 2010 at her advice surgery. It was the day after the second anniversary of Beccy's death and the family were understandably fragile. The Taylors had been disappointed by the results of the police investigation into their daughter's death and wanted to campaign to help prevent other families suffering tragedies. Following the meeting, Andrea wrote to then Secretary of State for Transport Philip Hammond, who arranged for the family to meet then Road Safety Minister Mike Penning in May 2011.

Andrea continued to work alongside Beccy's family, organising a meeting with new Road Safety Minister Robert Goodwill in October 2013. They discussed the issue of young driver safety in greater detail and asked the government to implement a full system of 'graduated driver licensing' in its anticipated Green Paper on young drivers.

Graduated driver licensing is a system advocated by Brake that has been introduced in several other countries. It typically involves a minimum 12 month learning period, and restrictions in the first year after passing your test, such as a late night driving curfew, a ban on carrying young passengers and zero tolerance drink drive limit, to reduce exposure to risky situations. It is evidenced to reduce crashes and casualties involving young drivers, and is predicted to prevent 200 deaths and 14,000 injuries a year if implemented in the UK [1].

Inspired by the Taylor family, Andrea has pledged to continue to work hard to ensure their proposals are heard by government, and will continue to discuss the issue with ministers and campaign through the media.

Julie Townsend, Brake deputy chief executive, said: "The suffering endured by Beccy's family is horrendous, and something no family should have to go through. Yet sadly, it is not uncommon. Young drivers are involved in a huge proportion of road crashes, and young people themselves are often the tragic victims. Andrea's efforts to champion this issue is commendable, and she has shown real determination in ensuring the Taylors are heard. Her support is further recognition of the compelling case for action on young driver safety, particularly reform of our licensing system. We are urging the government to act swiftly and decisively, by committing to a full system of graduated driver licensing, to prevent further needless loss of young lives."

Nicole Taylor, Beccy's mum said: "We honestly can't thank Andrea enough for her unwavering support and guidance over the past five years. That's why we're proud to nominate her for this award. We often think about what we could have done to equip Beccy more fully. She was a good driver, but inexperienced. Graduated driver licensing would help protect young, newly-qualified drivers as it tackles many of the common causes of young road deaths. With Andrea's support we will continue to campaign on young driver safety and ensure our proposals are heard."

Andrea Leadsom, MP for South Northamptonshire: "As an MP I am in a privileged position to be able to raise vital issues like the safety of young drivers and I am pleased to have been able to do so on behalf of the Taylors. I am delighted to accept this award from Brake and look forward to continuing to work with the Taylors to campaign to make our roads safer and prevent further tragedies involving young people."

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[1] Restricting young drivers, The University of Cardiff, 2010

 

Andrew Griffiths, MP for Burton and Uttoxeter

AndrewGriffithsAndrew Griffiths, MP for Burton and Uttoxeter, has been given anational road safety award by the charity Brake and Direct Line Group for his campaigns to reduce speed limits to improve safety on a number of roads in his constituency including theA38 andA50.

The A38 and A50 are both major arterial routes that run through Andrew’s constituency, and both have seen fatal crashes in recent months, along with a number of other collisions and near misses.

In September, Willington man James Clarke was killed on the A38 when his car broke down on the inside lane. He tried to push it on to the roadside verge to put it in a safe position, but was hit by a passing vehicle, suffering injuries from which he later died in hospital. In October, two men were killed and another seriously injured on the A50 in crashes involving HGVs.

Andrew has previouslysuccessfully campaigned to reduce the speed limit to 60mph on some parts of the A38, as well as closing risky gaps that allowed drivers to cut across the dual carriageway, following the deaths of two sisters on the road in 2012. Andrews wasrecognised by Brake for his campaign at the time.

Now, following the most recent casualties, Andrew is calling on the Highways Agency toextend the lower 60mph limit along the entire stretch of the A38 that runs through his constituency, as well ascalling for speed enforcement measures on the A50.

A multi-million pound engineering project is in the pipeline for the A50, but this could take years, and Andrew is keen to prevent further crashes before then. As well as seeking to prevent the devastating impact of road casualties on families and communities, Andrew recognises the economic benefits of improving road safety, as the succession of the crashes on the A38 and the A50 has had serious implications for local businesses in his constituency.

Andrews has already gathered thesupport of Staffordshire Police and Fire chiefs behind his campaign, and is optimistic about repeating thesuccess of his campaign in 2012.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, said:“It is good to see Andrew keeping up his record of campaigning to make roads in his constituency safer, and we are pleased to recognise him as road safety parliamentarian of the month. Crashes like those happening with alarming regularity on the A38 and A50 have a devastating impact on families and communities, but they can be prevented. Reducing speed is proven to reduce casualties, so we are fully behind Andrew’s calls to reduce and enforce speed limits on these roads, and we urge everyone driving in the area to take the responsibility to slow down and look out for each other. We wish Andrew every success with his latest campaign.”

Accepting his award, Andrew Griffiths, MP for Burton and Uttoxeter, said: "I'm really pleased that my efforts to make the A50 and A38 safer have been recognised. This is the second time I have received the award and I'm really pleased my efforts have been recognised by the country's biggest road safety charity."

Andrew Griffiths, MP for Burton and Uttoxeter, 25 October 2012

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 Andrew Griffiths, MP for Burton & Uttoxeter, has been named Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Month by road safety charity Brake and Direct Line, for  his work campaigning to improve safety on the A38. Andrew's campaign began after a serious crash on the road in April, and resulted last month in the Highways Agency closing gaps in the central reservation.

 In April this year, sisters Parveen Kauser, aged 38, and Raheela Altaf, 37, from Derby were killed when their car turned over after hitting the beginning of a gap in the central reservation on the A38. Four others, including three children, were injured in the crash involving two cars. Both Parveen and Raheela left behind families, including children.

 Less than 72 hours after the crash, Andrew wrote to the Transport Secretary asking for safety measures to be installed on the A38 to protect drivers and passengers. He also appealed for drivers using the A38 to send him their views the road. On receiving an overwhelming response from drivers fearing for their safety, and a promise from the Department for Transport that a review of safety on would be carried out, Andrew went out to see conditions on the road for himself, accompanied by Staffordshire police officers.

Andrew saw the dangers first-hand, from gaps in the central reservation, to a need for speed cameras to slow traffic. Taking the results of his visit and testimonies from drivers, he wrote to the Highways Agency asking them to make improvements.

In August 2012, Andrew secured a meeting with the Highways Agency to talk through the issues. The Agency ordered one of the gaps in the central reservation to be closed within two weeks and agreed to inspect the road and verges to ensure maximum visibility. They will also carry out a speed survey to decide whether to implement further measures, and consult more widely over the remaining gaps in the central reservation. Andrew aims to ensure this consultation leads to further safety improvements.

Julie Townsend, Brake deputy chief executive, said: "As a charity that supports people bereaved and injured inroad crashes, we know how dangerous roads like the A38 can lead to terrible suffering and fear for the communities who use them. We're delighted that Andrew's campaigning has achieved such positive results so quickly, and Brake is pleased to recognise his success with this award. Andrew's work should encourage others around the country to take action on dangerous roads in their area, and inspire drivers using the A38 to do their bit in making it safer, by staying well within the speed limit, keeping their distance, and slowing right down in poor conditions."

Andrew Griffiths, MP for Burton and Uttoxeter, said: "I am honoured to have been named the Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Month. Too many lives are lost on our roads, and the A38 has sadly been a particular example of that. I am delighted that my contribution in campaigning to make that road safer was enough to win this award."

About Brake

Brake is an independent road safety charity. Brake exists to stop the five deaths and 66 serious injuries that happen on UK roads every day and to care for families bereaved and seriously injured in road crashes. Brake runs awareness-raising campaigns, community education programmes, events such as Road Safety Week (19-25 November 2012), and a Fleet Safety Forum, providing advice to companies. Brake's support division cares for road crash victims through a helpline and other services.

Road crashes are not accidents: they are man-made, preventable, violent events that devastate lives. Brake does not use the term accidents because it undermines our work to tackle needless casualties and causes insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by road death or injury.

Direct Line

Started in 1985, Direct Line became the first UK insurance company to use the telephone as its main channel of communication. It provides motor, home, travel and pet insurance cover direct to customers by phone or on-line.

Direct Line is part of RBS Insurance, the second largest general insurer in the UK1 and is wholly owned by the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. Customers can find out more about Direct Line products or get a quote by calling 0845 246 3761 or visiting www.directline.com

Direct Line Insurance plc is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Registered office: 3 Edridge Road, Croydon, Surrey CR9 1AG.

 

Anne McGuire, MP for Stirling, July 2012

annemcguireAnne McGuire, MP for Stirling, has been named Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Month by the charity Brake and Direct Line for her work highlighting the need to improve safety among foreign drivers to prevent devastating crashes. Anne’s call for action comes after the death of Andrew McLean, who was killed by a young French driver visiting the UK in September 2010.

Andrew McLean, 22, was a food delivery worker from Carnwath, South Lanarkshire. He was driving home from work when a car came towards him on the wrong side of the road. Andrew swerved to avoid the car, but the oncoming 23 year-old French driver instinctively steered in the same direction. The two cars collided, and Andrew died instantly. The other driver pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving. He was sentenced to 200 hours’ community service and given an 18-month driving ban.

Andrew’s family wanted to campaign for the government to improve safety among foreign drivers, including looking at how they could be stopped from driving on the wrong side of the road. This led Andrew’s grandmother Mrs Billet to contact Anne McGuire about the family’s concerns.

Anne raised the issue in a parliamentary question in November 2011, asking how many fatal road crashes had involved a foreign visitor driving on the wrong side of the road. The minister responded that “inexperience of driving on the left” was recorded as a factor in 55 fatal crashes in five years, but specific statistics on driving on the wrong side were unavailable.

In July 2012, Anne secured an adjournment debate in Parliament, where she called for the government to establish the facts about foreign drivers on the wrong side of the road. She also highlighted possible measures, such as appropriate warnings at points of entry and devices fitted to vehicles to warn drivers when they are in the wrong lane.

Road safety minister Mike Penning welcomed Anne’s debate and highlighted the importance of listening to families campaigning on road safety whose family members have been involved in road crashes. He has agreed to meet with Andrew’s family and Anne in October to discuss their campaign further. Read the debate.

Julie Townsend, Brake deputy chief executive, said: “Anne has brought an important road safety issue to Parliament’s attention following a terrible tragedy. It’s vital for all drivers to know the rules of the road and stick to them; this includes drivers from abroad, who must ensure they understand UK speed limits, road signs and that we drive on the left. We urgently need to investigate ways of helping foreign drivers to drive safely on UK roads, to prevent further needless loss of life and the anguish that follows. We’re pleased to present this award to Anne, and to back Andrew’s family in their campaign for action.”

Anne McGuire, MP for Stirling, said: "With increasing number of foreign drivers using Britain's roads, it is important that we know whether there is a major problem.  At the moment, we are just not sure. I welcome the Minister's frankness in stating that he was surprised at the lack of meaningful statistics. Any lapse of concentration from those who are used to driving on the right hand side of the road can result in tragedy, and we should look at what measures are needed to ensure their safety and that of other drivers and road users.”

Annette Brooke, MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole, July 2011

annettebrookeMid Dorset and North Poole MP Annette Brooke has won a national Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Month Award from the charity Brake and Direct Line for her campaign to improve cycle safety for children.

Annette felt compelled to take action to prevent needless deaths and injuries among children on our roads. In particular, she is determined to make cycling and walking safer for children.

On 14 July 2011, Annette presented the first readingof her Private Member's Bill to Parliament. The Bill would make it compulsory for children under the age of 14 to wear a cycle helmet. This acknowledges research showing that wearing a helmet significantly reduces the chance of serious brain injury in a crash, particularly among children [1].

If passed by Parliament, the law would not criminalise those cycling without helmets. Instead, cyclists under 14 found cycling without a helmet would be required to provide proof of purchase of a helmet within 28 days to avoid a fine.

Her campaign has the support of Brake, the British Medical Association, brain injury charity Headway, the Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust, the Child Brain Injury Trust, and the Child Accident Prevention Trust.

 

While road casualties are falling at unprecedented rates in the UK, cyclist casualties are increasing. In 2010 cyclist deaths increased by 7% and serious injuries increased by 2% [2].

Evidence suggests that approximately 40% of pedal cyclists admitted to hospital in England suffer head injuries [3], which is why cycle helmet laws could make a huge difference. Scientific research into the protective effect of bicycle helmets has shown that they reduce the risk of head injury by 85%, brain injury by 88% and severe brain injury by at least 75% [4].

In Britain, cycle helmet wearing rates remain shockingly low for children (much lower than among adults), having failed to increase in recent years: just one in five children (18%) are observed to be wearing a helmet, with the figure for boys lower still (13%) [5]. Research shows that legislation increases helmet use among cyclists, particularly in younger age groups and groups which are least likely to wear helmets before the introduction of legislation [6].

The Cycles Bill will have its second reading in Parliament on 4 November 2011.

This is not the first child road safety campaign that Annette has been involved with. In March, Annette took part in a debate in Westminster Hallagainst cuts to school crossing patrols. She argued that school crossing patrols are a low cost service that delivers vital safety benefits to children.

Annette has pledged to continue fighting for safer roads for children through her work in Parliament and in the local community.

Annette Brooke MP said: 'We have a duty to protect our children, and the Cycles (Protective Headgear for Children) Bill will do just that. Brain injury devastates the lives of individuals and their families. Children are at a higher risk because not only are their brains not fully developed but they are less experienced at cycling and on the roads in general."

Julie Townsend, Brake campaigns director, said: "Brake supports Annette's Bill for compulsory cycle helmets for children and we are pleased to name her our Parliamentarian of the Month. Helmets are really effective in reducing the risk of serious head injury when cycling – so wearing a helmet is a simple step all cyclists can take to help protect themselves, but it's especially important for children. As well as encouraging more cyclists to wear helmets, we're urging the Government to invest in engineering measures like cycle paths and 20mph limits to make our roads safer for families, children and people of all ages to walk and cycle without their lives being endangered."

Communities worried about road safety problems can access advice on campaigning for safer roads by reporting their concerns to Brake's Zak the Zebra mascot at www.zakthezebra.org or by calling Zak's hotline on 08000 68 77 80.

[1] Bicycle helmets: review of effectiveness (Department for Transport, 2002)
[2] Reported road casualties in Great Britain: main results, Department for Transport, 2010
[3] The potential for cycle helmets to prevent injury: review of the evidence, Road User Safety and Cycling, Department for Transport Road Safety Research and Statistics Division, 2009
[4] Cycle helmets and the prevention of injuries: recommendations for competitive sport, Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, University of Washington, 1998
[5] Cycle helmet wearing in 2008 (Department for Transport, 2009)
[6] Effectiveness of bicycle helmet legislation to increase helmet use: a systematic review, University of Alberta, 2005

Awards for outstanding contributions to road safety announced at Brake annual reception

15 January 2014

Brake, the road safety charity
news@brake.org.uk

Awards recognising the contributions of parliamentarians, campaigners, educators and volunteers in tackling devastating road crashes and casualties were presented by road safety charity Brake at its annual reception at the Houses of Parliament last night, with support from Direct Line Group. (Photos attached.)

The Awards were presented by Julie Townsend, Brake's deputy chief executive, and Paul Geddes, chief executive of Direct Line Group, which sponsored the awards and reception. The reception was attended by Brake supporters and partners, including parliamentarians, corporate partners, road safety professionals and volunteers working in their communities to improve road safety.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, the road safety charity, said: "Our work would not be possible without the dedicated individuals and partners who work alongside us, campaigning to prevent casualties and make our communities safer, fundraising in support of our work, and helping us support families who have been devastated by road crashes. We thank everyone who has supported Brake and spoken out for road safety in the past year. The winners of these awards have gone above and beyond, showing incredible determination to make a difference in their communities and nationally, and achieving real results. We are very pleased to be able to recognise their efforts in helping to make our streets safer and end the terrible suffering caused by road crashes."

Paul Geddes, chief executive, Direct Line Group, commented: "We're always delighted to sponsor these awards because as a charity, Brake does a great job in promoting road safety awareness in Parliament and around the UK. As a business and as the UK's leading motor insurer, we also work hard to spread the message of safe driving as part of our commitment to road safety."

Road Safety Minister Robert Goodwill said: "The efforts of those highlighted by Brake's awards in ensuring the number of tragic incidents on our roads continue to fall are to be commended. The UK has some of the safest roads in the world because of the success of road safety initiatives but sadly hundreds of people are still hurt or killed on our roads each year. That is why these kinds of initiatives are vital and why our efforts continue. More recently the Government has improved road safety education resources for schools, made it easier for councils to introduce 20mph zones and increased fixed penalties for offences such as driving while using a mobile phone from £60 to £100."


Julian Huppert, MP for Cambridge, received the Parliamentarian of the Year: Community Campaigner Award for his successful campaign for widespread 20mph limits in his Cambridge constituency, to make roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Julian began his campaign as a councillor in 2006, and continued following his election as an MP to campaign, highlighting the benefits of 20mph limits to road safety, sustainable travel and public health. In March 2013 the council announced it will implement 20mph limits on most residential and shopping streets. Read more.


Rehman Chishti, MP for Gillingham and Rainham, received the Parliamentarian of the Year: National Campaigner Award for his work vigorously campaigning for tougher penalties for risky drivers who commit multiple offences, to reduce reoffending. Rehman used his experience as lawyer to propose improvements to sentencing options, so drivers who repeatedly drink drive, or drive when banned, face harsher penalties. He also spearheaded a campaign to increase the maximum penalty for causing death by driving while disqualified. He also championed a range of other road safety issues in parliament, such as 'alcohol locks' for high-level drink drivers, and action on drivers using mobile phones. Read more.


The family of Jamie Butcher (stepdad Steve Green, mum Tina Butcher and sister Hollie Butcher) received the Campaigners of the Year Award. Jamie Butcher was killed by a speeding driver in February 2011. His killer was given just 43 months in jail, and will likely serve less than two years. The Justice for Jamie set up by Jamie's family calls for tougher sentences for drivers who kill, to ensure drivers who end lives and inflict suffering are dealt with appropriately by our justice system. In response to their campaign, the Sentencing Council recently committed to review sentencing guidelines. Their campaign is supported by Brake and MP Steve Barclay. Read more.


The family of Neil Harold (wife Laura Harold and sisters Elaine Donaghy and Laura Leca) received the Fundraisers of the Year Award. Neil Harold was killed along with his passenger in August 2012, when another driver lost control and veered across the road. The family, who received bereavement support from Brake, have since coordinated a huge fundraising effort in Neil's memory which has to date raised almost £40,000 for Brake. Activities included sponsored bike rides and runs, a football match and bake sales, and 'A Night for Neil', a dinner dance and auction that raised a massive £24,000. Read more.


Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Cadets from Congleton, Sandbach and Runcorn received the 2young2die Award for their road safety film project. Brake's 2young2die competition encourages young people to get creative and promote life-saving road safety messages through powerful, original campaign adverts and films. The Cheshire Fire Cadets won the competition with a series of three short films, produced in memory of Congleton Fide Cadet Hayley Bates, who was killed in a road crash in September 2010. Read more.


Warwickshire PCSO Sharron Underwood received the Educator of the Year Award. Sharron began engaging young people through powerful, interactive road safety workshops in 2009 after attending a 2young2die course run by Brake. She has been an active ambassador for the project since, delivering workshops for more than 1,000 students and one-to-one sessions with young driving offenders. She has also trained more PSCOs to deliver the workshops and Warwickshire Police have credited her with a significant decrease in collisions involving young people from a college she works with. Read more.


Notes for editors

Brake
Brake is an independent road safety charity. Brake exists to stop the five deaths and 63 serious injuries that happen on UK roads every day and to care for families bereaved and seriously injured in road crashes. Brake runs awareness-raising campaigns, community education programmes, events such as Road Safety Week (17-23 November 2014), and a Fleet Safety Forum, providing advice to companies. Brake's support division cares for road crash victims through a helpline and other services.

Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.

Direct Line Insurance Group plc
Direct Line Insurance Group plc (Direct Line Group) is headquartered in Bromley, Kent; it has operations in the UK, Germany and Italy.

Through its number of well known brands Direct Line Group offers a wide range of general insurance products to consumers. These brands include; Direct Line, Churchill and Privilege. It also offers insurance services for third party brands through its Partnerships division. In the commercial sector, its NIG and Direct Line for Business operations provide insurance products for businesses via brokers or direct respectively.

In addition to insurance services, Direct Line Group continues to provide support and reassurance to millions of UK motorists through its Green Flag breakdown recovery service and TRACKER stolen vehicle recovery and telematics business.

Awards for outstanding contributions to road safety announced at Brake’s 20th anniversary reception

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Brake, the road safety charity
news@brake.org.uk 

Awards recognising the contributions of parliamentarians, campaigners, educators and volunteers in tackling devastating road crashes and casualties were presented by road safety charity Brake at its annual reception at the Houses of Parliament last night, supported by Direct Line. The event marked the beginning of Brake’s 20th anniversary year.

The Awards were presented by Deborah Johnson, chair of Brake’s board of trustees, and Paul Geddes, chief executive of Direct Line Group, which sponsored the awards and reception. The reception was attended by Brake supporters and partners, including parliamentarians, corporate partners, road safety professionals and volunteers working in their communities to improve road safety.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, said:“In the past 20 years, Brake has grown and developed a great deal, but we remain as dedicated as ever to our fundamental mission: to help create a world free from the senseless and preventable pain and trauma caused by road death and injury, and to enable people to get around safely and sustainably.

“Our work would not be possible without the dedicated individuals and partners who work alongside us, campaigning to prevent casualties and make our communities safer, fundraising in support of our work, and helping us support families devastated by road crashes. This year, as every year, we thank everyone who has supported Brake and spoken out for road safety. The winners of these awards have gone above and beyond, showing great determination to make a difference in their communities and across the country, and achieving real results. We are very pleased to be able to recognise their efforts.”

Paul Geddes, chief executive, Direct Line Group, commented: “Brake does a great job in promoting road safety awareness in Parliament, in the media and around the UK, so we are very happy to sponsor Parliamentarian of the Year. As a business and as the UK’s leading motor insurer, we also work hard to spread the message of safe driving as part of our commitment to road safety.”

Road safety minister Robert Goodwill said:“The UK has some of the safest roads in the world and, like today’s award winners, the government is determined to improve our record further. That is why we have made significant commitments to road safety through new THINK! campaigns, improved education and enforcement, including the new drug driving offence which will take effect in March 2015.”


Susan Elan Jones, MP for Clywd South, received Brake’s Parliamentarian of the Year Award. Susan was recognised for campaigning to improve justice for bereaved and injured victims of road crashes, in line with Brake’scrackdown campaign.

Susan Elan Jones has been campaigning for tougher jail terms for drivers who kill and injure since the tragic death of a child in her constituency in 2009. She has been at the forefront of parliamentary debates on the subject throughout the year, setting the tone by bringing forward her own Driving Offences (Review of Sentencing Guidelines) Bill, with cross party support, in January.

Susan Elan Jones said: “Brake is an outstanding campaigning organisation - and I am absolutely delighted to receive this award. We remain determined in our quest to work with Brake to secure some measure of justice for the family of those people so tragically killed or seriously injured on our roads.”


Mandy Stock received Brake’s Campaigner of the Year Award.Mandy’s husband,Paul Stock, was killed in 2012 while walking near his home by a disqualified motorcyclist, who was sentenced to just 18 months in jail – the maximum the judge could give him because he pleaded guilty. Mandy has since campaigned, with the help of her MP, Richard Graham, to allow judges to hand out higher sentences to disqualified drivers – who have no right to be on the road in the first place – who kill. As a result, the government announced in May 2014 that maximum sentences for disqualified drivers who kill and injure would be increased.

Mandy Stock said: “I am delighted to receive this award, which was totally unexpected. I am thankful for those who have helped and supported me, especially my brilliant sister, Sue. The law failed us, and it was obvious to us that the law had to change. Thankfully, the people in a position to change things listened.”


Carly Lewin received Brake’s Fundraiser of the Year Award.Carly’s boyfriend, Steven Moore, was killed in 2010 by a drink driver, who was also unlicensed and uninsured. Carly has been fundraising for Brake since 2011, organising events including walks and football matches, but last year decided she wanted more of a challenge. She ran the 2014 London Marathon for Brake, in memory of Steven, having never run before, and raised over £14,000.

Carly Lewin said: “I am determined to keep working in Steve’s memory, both to raise awareness of how drink driving can ruin so many lives, and to fundraise to support Brake’s work and help stop this happening to someone else.”


Northumbria Police PC Jami Blythe received the Educator of the Year Award.Jami is the lead for Northumbria Police’s ‘Road Sense, Common Sense’ project, which works directly with schools across the region to deliver road safety lessons and send children home with important messages to their parents about how they can keep them, and other road users, safe.

Jami Blythe said: “I am very proud to receive this award, which is also testament to the hard work of Becky Frankel and Violet Atkinson, who have been a massive inspiration for me. Educating young people is being embedded in our road safety work, and we will continue to work with Brake to reach this audience.”


Students from Conisborough College in Catford, London, received an award for winning Brake’s road safety competition for young people.The students’ winning entry was a short film about the dangers of mobile phone use while driving, inspired by their own experiences and a road safety workshop delivered by a teacher trained through Brake’sengaging young people programme. The film was researched, scripted and produced by the students with help from Film in School.

Mathew Lloyd, drama teacher at Conisborough College, said: “It was a great feeling when we were told that we'd won the competition. We're proud that we have been able to turn something that has affected us so deeply into something positive.”


Notes for editors:

Brake

Brake is a national road safety charity that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies. We do this through national campaignscommunity education,services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.

Brake was founded in the UK in 1995, and now has domestic operations in the UK and New Zealand, and works globally to promote action on road safety.

Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.

Direct Line

Started in 1985, Direct Line became the first UK insurance company to use the telephone as its main channel of communication. It provides motor, home, travel and pet insurance cover direct to customers by phone or on-line.

Direct Line general insurance policies are underwritten by UK Insurance Limited, Registered office: The Wharf, Neville Street, Leeds LS1 4AZ. Registered in England No 1179980. UK Insurance Limited is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

Direct Line and UK Insurance limited are both part of Direct Line Insurance Group plc. Customers can find out more about Direct Line products or get a quote by calling 0845 246 3761 or visiting www.directline.com.

Birmingham Northfield MP wins national road safety award

News from Brake
news@brake.org.uk
Monday, 25 September 2017

Richard Burden, MP for Birmingham Northfield, has today been awarded a parliamentarian road safety award by charity Brake and Direct Line.

The award recognises Richard’s long-standing involvement in transport and his commitment to road safety, particularly during his time as Shadow Transport Minister between 2013 and 2017. Richard has established himself as a strong supporter of the transport safety agenda across the years; promoting new vehicle technologies and calling for tougher law enforcement and sentencing.

As MP for a vehicle manufacturing heartland, Richard Burden has strong connections to vehicle development, and has consistently urged the industry to develop safe, sustainable and fair practices. Safe vehicles are a vital part of the safe systems agenda that works towards a future with zero deaths and serious injuries on our roads.  

Jason Wakeford, Director of Campaigns for Brake, the road safety charity, said: “Richard is a worthy winner of this parliamentarian road safety award. Improved vehicle safety standards are vital to reducing needless deaths and serious injuries on the road. His tireless work to raise the safety bar of new vehicles is to be applauded, alongside his numerous achievements in his four years as Shadow Transport Minister."

Accepting his award, Richard Burden MP said: “I want to thank Brake and Direct Line for selecting me for a parliamentary road safety award which I feel honoured to receive. Progress in vehicle design and the rapid technological advancement in intelligent, connected and automated control systems have real potential to help make our roads safer. Together with action to promote best practice in road design, road user education and more effective enforcement of regulations, they can and do save lives.

"Much has been achieved but every person killed or injured on our roads is one too many. That should remind us all of our continuing responsibility to identify what more we can do to make the vision of zero deaths and serious injuries on our roads a reality. I pay tribute to Brake and Direct Line for the work they do make our roads safer and to promote awareness amongst road users.” 

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Notes to editors: 

About Brake

Brake is a national road safety charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies. We do this through national campaignscommunity education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.

Follow Brake on TwitterFacebook, or The Brake Blog.

Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties 

About Direct Line

Started in 1985, Direct Line became the first UK insurance company to use the telephone as its main channel of communication. It provides motor, home, travel and pet insurance cover direct to customers by phone or online.

Direct Line general insurance policies are underwritten by UK Insurance Limited, Registered office: The Wharf, Neville Street, Leeds LS1 4AZ. Registered in England No 1179980. UK Insurance Limited is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

Direct Line and UK Insurance limited are both part of Direct Line Insurance Group plc. Customers can find out more about Direct Line products or get a quote by calling 0845 246 3761 or visiting www.directline.com.

Bolton MP wins national road safety award for campaign to raise awareness of sleep apnoea

Wednesday 8 October 2014

Brake, the road safety charity
news@brake.org.uk 

Julie Hilling, MP for Bolton West, has been given a national road safety award by the charity Brake and Direct Line Group for her campaign to improve awareness and diagnosis of sleep apnoea, a condition that puts drivers at risk of falling asleep at the wheel and causing devastating crashes.

Sleep apnoea disrupts sleep by causing the airways to repeatedly close, forcing the sufferer to wake up and gasp for breath, causing acute tiredness. It is thought to affect 1.5 million people in the UK, and is treatable but often not recognised [1] as sufferers often don't recall what's causing them to wake up repeatedly and feel tired.

Sufferers are up to seven times more likely to have road crashes [2], and therefore can pose a huge risk to their own and others' safety. Crashes caused by driver tiredness are thought to kill at least 300 people on UK roads every year [3].

Julie first became aware of sleep apnoea in early 2011, when she was a member of the Transport Select Committee, and was contacted by the parents of a young woman killed by a lorry driver who fell asleep at the wheel. She discovered that her constituency, Bolton West, has particularly high rates of sleep apnoea. Since then, she has continually worked to raise awareness of the issue in Parliament.

Over the past few years, Julie has attended many events about tackling sleep apnoea, including a visit to the Sleep Apnoea Clinic in London. She has kept the issue on the parliamentary agenda with questions to the Department of Health.

On 2 September 2014, Julie secured an adjournment debate on sleep apnoea in parliament. In the debate, Julie called for the Department of Health to appoint a body to improve services for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnoea, with screening provided in areas where the condition is widespread, and fast-tracked treatment for at-work drivers who are at particular risk.

As a result of the debate, Health Minister Norman Lamb MP will be taking up the issue of sleep apnoea with relevant organisations to see how the government can improve its diagnosis and care. Julie plans to keep pressing the government to make sure this happens, to help prevent tired driver crashes.

Read more about sleep apnoea, its symptoms, risks and treatment at www.brake.org.uk/sleepapnoea

Brake campaigns for greater awareness of sleep apnoea and the dangers of driving tired through its wake up! campaign. Tweet us: @Brakecharity, #WakeUp

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, said: "Sleep apnoea is a huge issue for road safety, so we are pleased to give Julie this award for campaigning so persistently to improve its diagnosis and care. Hundreds of thousands of people may be unwittingly putting themselves and others at great risk on UK roads by driving with undiagnosed sleep apnoea – a condition that can be treated. We encourage Julie to keep the pressure up, and we hope the government will follow through on her recommendations, potentially making a vital contribution to reducing the horrific toll of tired driver crashes. We urge anyone who thinks they may suffer from the condition – which is often identifiable through disturbed sleep and snoring – to seek advice and treatment immediately. Whether you suffer from sleep apnoea or not, you should never get behind the wheel when tired."

Accepting her award, West Bolton MP Julie Hilling said: "Brake is a fantastic charity that does great work on road safety and I am honoured and delighted to have been chosen as their Parliamentarian of the Month. Sleep apnoea is a major problem for many of my constituents in Bolton West, causing many serious health issues as well as contributing to many road crashes. I will continue to work with Brake to ensure we get the services we need to help sleep apnoea suffers."

Notes for editors

Brake
Brake is a national road safety charity that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies. We do this through national campaigns, community education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.

Brake was founded in the UK in 1995, and now has domestic operations in the UK and New Zealand, and works globally to promote action on road safety.

Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.

Direct Line
Started in 1985, Direct Line became the first UK insurance company to use the telephone as its main channel of communication. It provides motor, home, travel and pet insurance cover direct to customers by phone or on-line.

Direct Line general insurance policies are underwritten by UK Insurance Limited, Registered office: The Wharf, Neville Street, Leeds LS1 4AZ. Registered in England No 1179980. UK Insurance Limited is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

Direct Line and UK Insurance limited are both part of Direct Line Insurance Group plc. Customers can find out more about Direct Line products or get a quote by calling 0845 246 3761 or visiting www.directline.com

End notes
[1] Obstructive sleep apnoea UK health economics report, British Lung Foundation, 2014
[2] Sleep Apnoea Trust www.sleep-apnoea-trust.org 
[3] Loughborough University Sleep Research Centre www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/hu/groups/sleep 

Bradford South MP wins national road safety award

News from Brake
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
news@brake.org.uk

Bradford South MP wins national road safety award

Judith Cummins, MP for Bradford South, has today been awarded a parliamentarian road safety award by charity Brake and Direct Line.

The award recognises Judith’s dedication to road safety, both within her constituency and nationally. Since her election in 2015, she has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the weaknesses in criminal justice for drivers convicted of killing and seriously injuring by careless and dangerous driving.

Judith, along with other campaigners including Brake, helped secure an increase in sentencing for those found guilty of the most serious road crimes from the Ministry of Justice last month - a landmark victory for the families of road crash victims.

Locally, Judith Cummins has raised the profile of the Telegraph and Argus’ long-running ‘danger drivers’ campaign within her home town of Bradford and in Parliament, including speaking in numerous debates and helping tackle the issue of dangerous driving across the city.

Next week, Judith is holding an event to promote the importance of safe and considerate driving on Bradford’s roads, as part this year's Road Safety Week. 

Jason Wakeford, director of campaigns for Brake, the road safety charity, said:"Judith is a worthy winner of this parliamentarian road safety award. Her tireless campaigning to help tackle dangerous driving on the roads of Bradford is to be applauded. Judith has also worked alongside Brake and others to make the Government recognise that the statute books have been weighed against families who have had their lives torn apart through the actions of drivers who have broken the law. The recent decision by the Ministry of Justice to increase sentences for the most dangerous drivers is a major victory in the fight for improved road safety." 

Accepting her award, Judith Cummins MP said: “I am delighted to have received Brake’s Road Safety Award off the back of my long-standing campaign to improve safety on the roads of my home city of Bradford. Dangerous and careless driving has been a blight on the communities of Bradford for far too long. The recent Government announcement that tougher punishments will be introduced for driving offenders was very welcome news. This change in the law is testament to what can be achieved when we all speak with one voice – I wish to thank everyone who made their voice heard by responding to the public consultation.

“Brake, as a national campaigning charity, has been tirelessly campaigning for improved road safety for many, many decades. Its greatly admired work supporting bereaved families is especially worthy of our praise. I very much look forward to continuing to work alongside Brake to campaign for better standards, stronger laws and tougher enforcement on the roads of Bradford and the whole of the UK.”

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Notes to editors: 

About Brake

Brake is a national road safety charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies. We do this through national campaignscommunity education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.

Follow Brake on TwitterFacebook, or The Brake Blog.

Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.  

About Direct Line

Started in 1985, Direct Line became the first UK insurance company to use the telephone as its main channel of communication. It provides motor, home, travel and pet insurance cover direct to customers by phone or online.

Direct Line general insurance policies are underwritten by UK Insurance Limited, Registered office: The Wharf, Neville Street, Leeds LS1 4AZ. Registered in England No 1179980. UK Insurance Limited is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

Direct Line and UK Insurance limited are both part of Direct Line Insurance Group plc. Customers can find out more about Direct Line products or get a quote by calling 0845 246 3761 or visiting www.directline.com.

Brake annual reception, January 2015

Speech by Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive

Good evening. I always feel incredibly proud to stand here and look across a room packed with people who share our passion for safer streets and support for road crash victims, people who work so hard alongside us. I’m especially proud to do this now, alongside Brake’s CE and founder, in Brake’s 20th year.

Brake remains relatively small, but we are growing in size, reach and influence. We’re doing more each year, with your help. We now have 30 staff members, and an income of £1.1 million. We work incredibly hard with limited resources, to speak out, inform, educate, engage and support.

Last year our helpline supported more families devastated by road death and injury than ever before: 545 cases, through 2,000 calls and emails, including for the first time many UK families bereaved through crashes abroad thanks to partnership working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

We were thrilled to receive accreditation from the Helplines Partnership, recognising the quality of our support, which includes emotional comfort, practical and procedural advice, signposting and advocacy. Feedback shows the enormous difference this makes to so many suffering victims.

But as we move into 2015, we’re conscious that not all road crash victims can access our help, and despite your backing, our team remains stretched. Hence we’re seeking increased funding to develop our serious injury support, partnership work with hospitals, and grow our capacity so we can move, alongside our partners, towards all crash victims being referred to support.

As well as developing our support work, we continued to engage communities across the UK, helping them raise awareness to prevent casualties. Last year 53,000 children marched for road safety in our Giant Walk, and learnt some key lessons on the way. We engaged 500 nurseries in our long-running Beep Beep! Day initiative.

Community engagement is another key area of development for us. We want to run our projects for schools and nurseries on a far bigger scale. We especially want to develop and expand our programme on engaging young people, to help tackle casualties among this at-risk group.

We recognise that working in partnership with professionals in local authorities, emergency services and companies is essential to promoting road safety. Our Brake Professionals scheme now has 1,200 members, and last year we delivered 25 research bulletins, 10 reports, and 40 webinars, seminars and courses, to share information and best practice.

This year, we’ll continue to share research and tools, with a focus on developing our webinars and multi-media resources, to help professionals deliver road safety work as effectively as possible.

As most of you know, we also continue to coordinate the UK’s biggest road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. We had a record year last year, thanks to your help and an ongoing Department for Transport grant. Nearly 10,000 schools and groups registered to be involved, all getting an action pack. We ran a successful media campaign calling on everyone to look out for each other, especially highlighting drivers’ responsibilities to protect people.

In 2015, Road Safety Week is 23-29 November and we hope you’ll all be involved. We will again use the event to promote road safety at community level, and run a high-impact campaign, drawing attention to the links between road safety, the environment, and health.

That continues to be a key theme for us across our campaigning, throughout the year, as our influence continues to grow through social and traditional media, online, and public affairs work.

Our GO 20 campaign, calling for 20 limits to become the norm for safer walking and cycling, gained further momentum last year. We linked up with more charities, organisations and MPs, and shared good practice among the rising number of local authorities switching to 20mph.

Our campaigning work also saw some significant victories, with Scotland introducing a lower drink drive limit, an announcement of a government review of charges and penalties for driving offences, and progress towards a zero tolerance drug drive law, coming in on 2nd March.

But we still have a long way to go, before our laws are fully in line with research and best practice, and we have a truly safe system that enables everyone to get around without fear or threat, sustainably and actively. It’s that principle we’ll continue to champion in 2015 and beyond.
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Across all our work, we have grown. Growth enables us to support more crash victims in need, deliver more life-saving education and awareness, help more communities and professionals, and campaign ever more vociferously.

As we move into our 20th year, we are on the cusp of not just becoming a bigger, more impactful organisation, but one that is at the forefront of driving a shift in how we use roads and approach road safety, a shift that will not only prevent terrible, needless tragedies but enable everyone to live greener, healthier, happier lives.

For us to continue to grow, and make that step, your support is critical. So I’d like to finish with a plea, for everyone here to do everything in their power to support Brake this year. If you can, step up your company’s support. Back our campaigns. Become a professional member. And please fundraise for us, to help mark our 20th year.

I will be running a little over 20 miles in the London marathon, and you can sponsor me tonight, so please do! But please also consider how you and your organisations can work with us to make things happen throughout this year and into the future.

I’m now delighted to welcome Robert Goodwill MP, under secretary of state for transport, with responsibility for road safety.

Thank you.

Brake Family Liaison Officer Awards 2018

FLO Award logo 2018 Copy

Brake's Family Liaison Officer Awards recognise the outstanding achievements and support provided by Police Family Liaison Officers.

The awards highlight best practice in supporting families following a road death or serious injury, showcasing outstanding achievement in working alongside victims of road crashes.

The awards ceremony for the 2018 Family Liaison Officer Awards took place during Brake's Annual Reception, held at the Houses of Parliament on 6 June 2018.

Photos from the awards evening are available to view here.

The two awards available for nominations in 2018 were the:

  • 'Outstanding Officer Achievement' award

Open for peer entries from Police staff, this award recognised significant, ongoing contributions to victims’ families from a Family Liaison Officer.

  • Family Award

This prize was open for families who were supported by a Police Family Liaison Officer. 

Congratulations to all of our winners and highly commends in the inaugural Brake Family Liaison Officer Awards, 2018:

Outstanding Officer Achievement Award nominations:

• PC Samantha Allen, Thames Valley Police
• PC Jonathan Ardron, Lancashire Constabulary
• PC Christopher Bradley, Norfolk Constabulary
• PC Peter James Brandon, Lancashire Constabulary
• PC Vanessa Busby, Cumbria Police
• PC John Clarke, Suffolk Constabulary
• PC Tom Davies, Cumbria Police
• DS Jeff Edwards, Metropolitan Police
• PC Jamie Lang, Dyfed Powys
• PC Matthew Nyhan, South Wales Police
• PC Nerys Reeve, South Wales Police
• PC Joanne Roberts, North Wales Police
• PC Nicola Sarjeant, Hampshire Police
• DC Jenny Stanley, West Yorkshire Police
• PO Kelle Westwood, West Mercia Police
• PS Andy Whittaker, South Yorkshire Police
• PC Michael Woodhouse, Cleveland Police

Shortlisted:

• PC Christopher Bradley, Norfolk Constabulary
• PC Tom Davies, Cumbria Police
• PC Matthew Nyhan, South Wales Police
• PC Nerys Reeve, South Wales Police
• PC Nicola Sarjeant, Hampshire Police
• DC Jenny Stanley, West Yorkshire Police

Highly commended:

• PC Michael Woodhouse, Cleveland Police
• PC Vanessa Busby, Cumbria Police

Winner:

• PC Jonathan Ardron, Lancashire Constabulary

Family Award nominations:

• PC Allie Cotton, Suffolk Constabulary
• DC Nicola Croucher, Metropolitan Police
• PC Rick Hooley, Cheshire Police
• PC Deanna Hyde, Derbyshire Police
• PC George Laflin, Suffolk Constabulary
• PC Pete Linsley, Northumbria Police
• PC Simon Myall, Suffolk Constabulary
• PC Ian Stuart, Hampshire Police

Shortlisted:

• PC Allie Cotton, Suffolk Constabulary
• DC Nicola Croucher, Metropolitan Police
• PC Simon Myall, Suffolk Constabulary

Highly commended:

• PC Deanna Hyde, Derbyshire Police
• PC Pete Linsley, Northumbria Police

Winner:

• PC Rick Hooley, Cheshire Police

Additional details about the 2018 Family Liaison Officer Awards and winning nominees can be found in Brake's media centre. If you would like any further information about the Awards, please email floaward@brake.org.uk

Details about the 2019 Family Liaison Officer Awards will be announced soon.

These awards would not have been possible without the kind support of headline sponsors Slater and Gordon Lawyers.

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Brake Family Liaison Officer Awards 2019

FLO Award logo 2019

Brake Family Liaison Officer Awards

Brake is pleased to confirm that its Family Liaison Officer Awardswill return in 2019, and are now open for entry.

The awards celebrate and recognise the outstanding achievements and support provided by Police Family Liaison Officers, and showcase best practice in supporting families following a road death or serious injury.

Following a judging process, an awards ceremony will take place in summer 2019.

Three categories will be open for nominations in 2019:

  • Outstanding Officer Achievement Award

This award is open for peer entries from Police staff, and we are encouraging nominations from all 43 forces in England and Wales. This award seeks to recognise significant, ongoing contribution to victims’ families from an FLO.

Outstanding Officer Achievement Award entry form
Outstanding Officer Achievement Award guidance notes

  • Family Award

This prize is open for families who were supported by a Police Family Liaison Officer. We would encourage anyone who would like to share their experiences of support from a Police Family Liaison Officer to nominate their FLO for this award.

Family Award entry form
Family Award guidance notes

  • Award for Excellent Longstanding Service

This award, newly introduced in 2019, aims to recognise outstanding commitment and dedication to family liaison.

Award for Excellent Longstanding Service entry form
Award for Excellent Longstanding Service guidance notes

Nominations for these awards are open from 8 November 2018. The deadline for entries is 15 March 2019.

If you would like any further information or guidance about entering the award, please email floaward@brake.org.uk.

The award winners will be invited to present their case studies at Brake's annual 'Police family liaison following road death and serious injury' Conference, which will be held in the West Midlands in October 2019. 

Details of the winners of the 2018 Awards can be found on our website here.

Brake helpline for road crash victims awarded prestigious Helplines Standard

Thursday 12 February 2015

Brake, the road safety charity
news@brake.org.uk 

Brake’s support helpline for bereaved and injured victims left devastated by road crashes has been awarded the Helplines Standard, a nationally recognised mark of quality by Helplines Partnership.

The Standard was awarded following a rigorous assessment of the service. Brake joins a select and broad ranging group of helplines in the UK and Ireland to have achieved the standard, but is the only accredited helpline dedicated to supporting road crash victims and professionals working with them.

Brake’s professionally-delivered helpline (now on Freephone 0808 8000 401) and acclaimed support packs (provided via police following every UK road death) provide emotional comfort, information on wide-ranging practical matters and criminal justice system procedures, advocacy and signposting and referral to further specialist support such as trauma counselling and local group support. The services have been developed and refined in consultation with experts and practitioners over many years to ensure they meet the acute and wide-ranging needs of those whose lives are turned upside down by road death or injury.

Brake’s helpline is available across the UK and offers support and information to anyone bereaved or seriously injured by road crashes, their family and friends, and professionals working with them. Brake works closely with police forces and other practitioners to ensure its support is available and proactively offered to bereaved and seriously injured road crash victims.

Praising Brake’s support services, Helplines Partnership described the helpline as “extremely well organised” and its staff as “passionate”, “empathic”, “highly knowledgeable” and “expertly trained”.

With road casualties on the rise in the UK, Brake’s support services are more in demand than ever. The helpline saw a 42% increase in helpline calls and emails during 2014, up to 2,047, spurred by revised police guidance and the government’s new Victims’ Code, which says bereaved victims of road crime should be referred to specialist support. The helpline supports victims and practitioners in relation to about 500 cases of road death and serious injury each year, with cases up 18% last year.

Brake’s support services are supported by funding from the Ministry of Justice in England and Wales, the Scottish Government in Scotland, the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and five corporate sponsors:Irwin Mitchell, Pannone (part of Slater & Gordon), Lyons Davidson, Slater & Gordon, and Digby Brown in Scotland.

Practitioners can refer to Brake’s helpline by: providing details to families and explaining what the helpline can offer; providing a victim’s details to the helpline, with their permission, for the helpline to call them at a suitable time; and/or contacting the helpline directly for advice. They can also refer to Brake’s support literature online.

Explore Brake’s support services at www.brake.org.uk/support. Brake'shelpline for bereaved and injured road crash victims can be reached on 0808 8000 401.Tweet us:@Brakecharity.

Sarah Fatica, director of support services, Brake, said:“To attain Helpline Partnership’s quality standard is a fantastic achievement for the Brake helpline and we are extremely proud to secure this on our first attempt. It is testament to the hard work and dedication of our support team when it comes to easing the terrible suffering of bereaved and injured road crash victims.

“Undergoing such a thorough assessment has helped us focus our efforts and ensure that road crash victims receive a thoroughly professional and quality service, providing expert support through people’s darkest hours. Tragically, there are many more people out there who need our help, and we aspire to develop our service further to meet this demand. Our aim is for every person who faces the horror of a road death or serious injury to know we’re here, we understand, and can help them cope with the horrendous circumstances they find themselves in.”

Sarah Hill, head of services, Helplines Partnership, said: “We are proud to congratulate Brake’s helpline for all their hard work in achieving this important quality mark, the Helplines Standard. Our assessment showed a highly organised and professional team with an incredible commitment to the support of road crash victims. I was particularly impressed at how the helpline workers were able to demonstrate delivering detailed information about complex situations in an empathic and sensitive way.”

Notes to editors:

Brake

Brake is a national road safety charity that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies. We do this through national campaigns, community education, a Fleet Safety Forum, practitioner services, and by coordinating the UK’s flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.

Brake was founded in the UK in 1995, and now has domestic operations in the UK and New Zealand, and works globally to promote action on road safety.

Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.

Helplines Standard

For more information about the Helpline Standard please visit: https://helplines.org/services/quality-standard/

Brake honours safety conscious companies at annual Fleet Safety Awards

Friday 6 June 2014

Brake, the road safety charity
news@brake.org.uk

 

Companies have been honoured for working hard to reduce road crashes involving at-work drivers during Brake's Fleet Safety Awards 2014.

In celebration of the Awards, Brake is offering a special discount to companies who want to reduce their road risk by joining Brake's Fleet Safety Forum. The Fleet Safety Forum is a low-cost subscription service offering free training, tools, and resources to companies with at-work drivers, to help them in reducing their road risk. Any company that joins the Fleet Safety Forum before Friday 20 June, quoting code fsf-conf-14, will receive a 25% discount on their first year's subscription, find out more below.

The Fleet Safety Forum is a not-for-profit service for fleet managers run by Brake. Subscribers receive: free and discounted access to Brake's professional events; free training in Brake's Pledge to stop dangerous and unnecessary driving; e-bulletins containing the latest initiatives and research in fleet and road safety from across the globe; password access to the Brake Professional website containing guidance for managers and a host of resources for drivers; and posters. Annual subscription costs £155 +VAT. Subscribe at www.brakepro.org, call +44 (0)1484 559909 or email professional@brake.org.uk.

Winners were announced at a prestigious gala dinner held yesterday (Thursday 5 June) at St John's Hotel in Solihull, Birmingham. The awards, sponsored by Arval, were attended by nearly 300 guests – the highest attendance rate ever. Generous donations, including silent auction bids and raffle ticket sales, raised more than £8,000 for Brake.

Big winners on the night were MiX Telematics, Ocado, and Travis Perkins who all picked up two awards each. Individual awards went to Ocado fleet training and development manager Neil Shaw (Road Risk Manager of the Year) and Travis Perkins group transport risk manager Rachel Downs (Best Newcomer to Road Risk Management). The prestigious Kevin Storey Award for Outstanding Commitment to Road Safety went to AlcoSense founder and CEO Hunter Abbott. More details below.

During the day more than 100 delegates attended Brake's Fleet Safety Conference, sponsored by Aviva, which featured speakers on a range of road safety topics. Manager guidance reports on these topics will be published by Brake over the coming months, and made available for free to conference delegates and Brake subscribers.

Altogether, 112 awards entries were received from more than 40 organisations this year.
The 2014 Fleet Safety Award winners are:

  • Company Driver Safety Award (small fleet), sponsored by Fleetmaster: Castrol Lubricants
  • Company Driver Safety Award (medium fleet), sponsored by Fleetmaster: Ocado Ltd
  • Company Driver Safety Award (large fleet), sponsored by Fleetmaster: Travis Perkins
  • Eco Fleet Award, sponsored by Optimum Fleet: Tristar Worldwide Chauffeur Services
  • Fleet Safety Analysis and Action Award, sponsored by ARI Fleet UK: E.ON UK
  • Fleet Safety Innovation Award (operator), sponsored by Castrol: Mitie
  • Fleet Safety Innovation Award (supplier), sponsored by Castrol: MiX Telematics
  • Fleet Safety Partnership Award, sponsored by Trimble: BT and Interactive Driving Systems
  • Fleet Safety Product Award, sponsored by QBE: MiX Telematics
  • Road Safety in the Community Award, sponsored by Ocado: Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Safe Vehicles Award, sponsored by Road Haulage Association: Speedy Asset Services
  • Road Risk Manager of the Year Award, sponsored by Licence Bureau: Neil Shaw (Ocado Ltd)
  • Best Newcomer to Road Risk Management, sponsored by Specsavers: Rachel Downs (Travis Perkins)
  • Kevin Storey Award for Outstanding Commitment to Road Safety, sponsored by Arriva: Hunter Abbott (AlcoSense)

Spotlight on: Kevin Storey Award winner
This year's Kevin Storey Award for outstanding commitment to road safety went to Hunter Abbott, a long-time Brake supporter who has been instrumental in raising awareness of the deadly risk of drink driving. Since 2007, Hunter has campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness about the specific risk of morning-after drink-driving, as well as working with the government on drink-drive education courses to educate convicted drink-drivers on the risks and help ensure they do not reoffend. Hunter has also launched a low-cost consumer breathalyser aimed at warning people when they still have some alcohol in their systems, and advising against driving until completely sober. It's been estimated that tens of thousands of potential morning-after drink-drivers have stayed off the roads due to using these devices.

More information on the awards and conference, including photographs and case studies of other award winners, can be obtained from Ellie Pearson at Brake by emailing professional@brake.org.uk.

Ellie Pearson, senior professional engagement officer at Brake, says: "We are delighted to celebrate the great achievements of companies and individuals who are striving to make a real difference in the world of fleet safety. Congratulations to all the award winners and highly commended entrants for their impressive work over the past year."

Tracey Scarr, CSR manager at Arval, says: "Arval is proud to sponsor the Fleet Safety Awards for the seventh consecutive year, and would like to congratulate all of this year's winners and highly commended entries for their fantastic achievements. Road safety is vital to everyone, so it is heartening to see so many companies actively working to make our roads safer."

Notes to editors

Brake
Brake is a national road safety charity that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies. We do this through national campaigns, community education, a Fleet Safety Forum, practitioner services, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.

Brake was founded in the UK in 1995, and now has domestic operations in the UK and New Zealand, and works globally to promote action on road safety.

Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.

Fleet Safety Forum
The Fleet Safety Forum is a not-for-profit service for fleet managers run by Brake. Subscribers receive: free and discounted access to Brake's professional events; free training in Brake's Pledge to stop dangerous and unnecessary driving; e-bulletins containing the latest initiatives and research in fleet and road safety from across the globe; password access to the Brake Professional website containing guidance for managers and a host of resources for drivers; and posters. Annual subscription costs £155 +VAT. Subscribe at www.brakepro.org, call +44 (0)1484 559909 or email professional@brake.org.uk.

Arval UK
Arval UK, part of the Arval Group, is a leader in the provision of vehicle funding and fleet management solutions. Owned by BNP Paribas, with substantial buying power, we have 40 years of industry experience. Focused on service quality, Arval UK is a people-led company, with specialist teams dedicated to businesses from start-ups to FTSE 100 companies. Arval is investing significantly in technology to improve fleet efficiency and has a comprehensive range of products and services covering funding solutions including contract hire, vehicle maintenance, fuel management, accident management, breakdown recovery, short term hire, full outsourcing and consultancy services.
arval.co.uk

Aviva
As one of the UK's leading motor insurers Aviva continues to value the work which Brake carries out through its Fleet Safety Forum, providing valuable information and support to fleet operators on the challenges they face in today's social and economic climate. Visit www.aviva.co.uk/motor-insurance/

 

Brake recognises best of the best at annual Fleet Safety Awards

Friday 2 October 2015
Email: professional@brake.org.uk

Brake, the road safety charity, has recognised organisations for their contribution to improving the safety of at-work drivers, at its annual Fleet Safety Awards.

Winners were announced at a prestigious ceremony held last night (Thursday 1 October) at St John’s Hotel in Solihull, Birmingham. The awards, sponsored by Arval, were attended by more than 350 guests, making it Brake’s biggest safety awards to date.

Big winners on the night were Gateshead Council and TomTom Telematics, who picked up two awards each. Individual awards went to Astrid van der Burgt of Kuehne + Nagel and Alison Moriarty of Skanska, with the prestigious Kevin Storey Award for Outstanding Commitment to Road Safety going to Richard Owen, of Road Safety Analysis.

The 2015 Fleet Safety Award winners are:

  • Safe Vehicles Award, sponsored by Road Haulage Association:
    O’Donovan Waste Disposal
  • Fleet Safety Innovation Award (operator), sponsored by Allianz:
    SIG Trading
  • Fleet Safety Innovation Award (supplier), sponsored by Allianz:
    TomTom Telematics
  • Fleet Safety Partnership Award, sponsored by Trimble:
    GreenRoad & Iron Mountain
  • Fleet Safety Product Award (road safety), sponsored by QBE:
    ARI
  • Fleet Safety Product Award (in-vehicle technology), sponsored by QBE:
    TomTom Telematics
  • Fleet Safety Analysis & Action Award, sponsored by ARI:
    Ealing Council & Cycle Safety Shield
  • Eco Fleet Award, sponsored by Telogis:
    Gateshead Council
  • Company Driver Safety Award (small fleet), sponsored by FleetMaster:
    Gateshead Council
  • Company Driver Safety Award (large fleet), sponsored by FleetMaster:
    Transport for London
  • Road Safety in the Community Award, sponsored by Ocado:
    Gist
  • Best Newcomer to Road Risk Management, sponsored by Specsavers:
    Astrid van der Burgt, Kuehne + Nagel
  • Road Risk Manager of the Year Award, sponsored by Licence Bureau:
    Alison Moriarty, Skanska
  • Kevin Storey Award for Outstanding Commitment to Road Safety, sponsored by Arriva:
    Richard Owen, Road Safety Analysis

Please contact Ellie Pearson on epearson@brake.org.uk for additional information and photos from the event. 

Ellie Pearson, professional engagement manager at Brake, says: “Congratulations to all this year’s award winners and highly commended entrants for their impressive work over the past year. We were delighted to receive so many strong awards entries, and to see the fantastic work that so many organisations and individuals are doing to make our roads safer for everyone.”

Notes to editors

Brake
Brake is a national road safety charity that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies. We do this through national campaignscommunity education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.

Brake was founded in the UK in 1995, and now has domestic operations in the UK and New Zealand, and works globally to promote action on road safety.

Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.

Brake Professional membership
Brake runs a not-for-profit global membership service for professionals working in the field of road safety.
Brake Professional is open to all professionals, but typically health and safety officers, fleet managers, risk managers, driver trainers, human resource professionals, vehicle managers, road safety officers (in commercial organisations and the public sector), police and emergency service workers. We also have many members who supply road safety services.
Brake Professional provides online access to practical road safety management tools to improve road safety, and free and significantly discounted access to Brake events. Find out more.

Arval UK
Arval UK, part of the Arval Group, is a leader in the provision of vehicle funding and fleet management solutions. Owned by BNP Paribas, with substantial buying power, we have 40 years of industry experience. Focused on service quality, Arval UK is a people-led company, with specialist teams dedicated to businesses from start-ups to FTSE 100 companies. Arval is investing significantly in technology to improve fleet efficiency and has a comprehensive range of products and services covering funding solutions including contract hire, vehicle maintenance, fuel management, accident management, breakdown recovery, short term hire, full outsourcing and consultancy services. Visit arval.co.uk.

Brake recognises best of the best at annual Fleet Safety Awards

30 September 2016
professional@brake.org.uk

Brake, the road safety charity has recognised organisations for their contribution to improving the safety of at-work drivers, at its annual Fleet Safety Awards.

Winners were announced at a prestigious ceremony held last night (Thursday 29 September) at Hilton Metropole in Birmingham. The awards, sponsored by ARI and FORS, were attended by almost 400 guests, making it Brake’s biggest safety awards to date.

Big winners on the night were  the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, who picked up two awards. Alison Moriarty of Skanska retained the Road Risk Manager of the Year title, and the prestigious Kevin Storey Award for Outstanding Commitment to Road Safety went to Malcolm Maycock, of Licence Bureau.

The 2016 Fleet Safety Award winners are:

Safe Vehicles Award, sponsored by Checkpoint:

Palletline London

Fleet Safety Innovation Award (operator), sponsored by Allianz:

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Fleet Safety Innovation Award (supplier), sponsored by Allianz:

Driver First Assist CIC

Fleet Safety Partnership Award, sponsored by Stephensons:

edriving Fleet, Nestlé Italy & Zurich

Fleet Safety Product Award (road safety), sponsored by QBE:

Fleetmaster (OSS) Limited

Fleet Safety Product Award (in-vehicle technology), sponsored by QBE:

SmartDrive Systems Ltd

Fleet Safety Analysis and Action Award, sponsored by Ocado:

SSE and Applied Driving Techniques

Eco Fleet Award, sponsored by Telogis:

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Company Driver Safety Award (small fleet), sponsored by FleetMaster:

O’Donovan Waste Disposal

Company Driver Safety Award (medium fleet), sponsored by FleetMaster:

Freightliner

Company Driver Safety Award (large fleet), sponsored by FleetMaster:

Royal Mail Group

Road Safety in the Community Award, sponsored by Kwikfit:

Arval

Global Road Safety, sponsored by Vision Techniques:

Fundación Mapfre

Road Risk Manager of the Year Award, sponsored by Licence Bureau:

Alison Moriarty, Skanska

Kevin Storey Award for Outstanding Commitment to Road Safety, sponsored by Arriva:

Malcolm Maycock, Licence Bureau

Please contact Ellie Pearson on epearson@brake.org.uk for additional information and photos from the event.

Ellie Pearson, Professional engagement manager at Brake, said: “We were delighted to receive so many strong entries again this year, with organisations and individuals across the world doing fantastic work to make our roads safer for everyone. Congratulations to all this year’s award winners and highly commended entrants for their impressive work over the past year.”

Notes to editors

About Brake

Brake is a national road safety charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies. We do this through national campaignscommunity education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.

Follow Brake on TwitterFacebook, or The Brake Blog.

Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.


Brake Professional membership

Brake runs a not-for-profit global membership service for professionals working in the field of road safety.

Brake Professional is open to all professionals, but typically health and safety officers, fleet managers, risk managers, driver trainers, human resource professionals, vehicle managers, road safety officers (in commercial organisations and the public sector), police and emergency service workers. We also have many members who supply road safety services.

Brake Professional provides online access to practical road safety management tools to improve road safety, and free and significantly discounted access to Brake events. Find out more.

ARI

ARI is one of the UK’s leading fleet management providers, delivering state-of the art solutions for driver risk management, fleet maintenance, accident and daily rental to customers across a wide range of industries and sectors. ARI’s industry-leading driver risk management system, Riskmaster, was awarded the Fleet Safety Product Award at Brake’s 2015 Fleet Safety Awards for its contribution to driver and risk management, with ARI customers experiencing significant reductions in road incident frequency and severity.

FORS

FORS - the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme — sets best practice at the heart of commercial vehicle fleet operations. It encompasses all aspects of safety, fuel efficiency, economical operations and vehicle emissions. By a combination of fleet audits, personnel training and advisory support FORS helps improve operators’ performance in each of these areas. Our vision is to enable all fleet operators to attain and maintain the best possible level of productivity and efficiency with the least impact on society and the environment and to facilitate continuous improvements in operating standards.

Brake’s inaugural Family Liaison Officer Awards recognise police support for road crash victims

News from Brake
Thursday 7 June 2018
news@brake.org.uk

Brake, the road safety charity, announced the winners of its inaugural Police Family Liaison Officer (FLO) Awards, at a reception in the Houses of Parliament last night. The awards, sponsored by Slater and Gordon Lawyers, were held as part of Brake’s 2018 Annual Reception and celebrated FLOs’ commitment and dedication to bereaved families.

Two categories were available for nominations; the ‘Outstanding Officer Achievement Award’, open for peer-nominations from Police colleagues, and the ‘Family Award’, nominated by families supported by an FLO.

Outstanding Officer Achievement Award winner:

  • PC Jon Ardron, Lancashire Constabulary [1]

Highly commended nominees:

  • PC Michael Woodhouse, Cleveland Police
  • PC Vanessa Busby, Cumbria Police

Family Award winner:

  • PC Rick Hooley, Cheshire Police [2]
    • Rick Hooley sadly died in September 2017. This award has been awarded posthumously for the outstanding services he provided to bereaved families.

 Highly commended nominees:

  • PC Deanna Hyde, Derbyshire Police
  • PC Pete Linsley, Northumbria Police

Brake’s 2018 Annual Reception was attended by Brake volunteers, supporters and partners, and parliamentarians with an interest in road safety issues. The FLO awards were presented by Commander Stuart Cundy, of the Metropolitan Police.

Helen Hargrave, Director of Victim Services at Brake, the road safety charity, says: “FLOs play a crucial role in supporting families following a road death or serious injury. We were delighted to receive such a high number of strong entries to our inaugural awards and it was inspiring to see so many excellent examples of support and care. Brake would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners, highly commended entrants and nominees for their excellent and continued dedication to supporting bereaved families.”

Martin James, National Head of Serious Personal Injury at Slater and Gordon Lawyers, says:“At Slater and Gordon, we are always looking at ways to help seriously injured and bereaved families who are often left extremely vulnerable at times of tragedy. Police Family Liaison Officers’ offer a huge amount of comfort and support to families, during their darkest hours.  We were pleased to be able to help recognise these outstanding achievements through supporting Brake’s FLO Awards, and it was an honour to see the winning nominees celebrated at Brake’s Annual Reception. Congratulations to all Officers who were nominated for the Awards, whose fantastic work ensures that families receive the help they need when they need it most.” 

A full list of shortlisted and nominated officers for the 2018 awards is available on the Brake website here: http://www.brake.org.uk/uncategorised/1772-brake-family-liaison-officer-awards.

For additional information and photos from the ceremony, please contact email news@brake.org.uk.

Notes for editors:

[1] Outstanding Officer Achievement Award winner, PC Jon Ardron, Lancashire Constabulary, was commended by the judges for:

  • His excellent communication skills and ongoing compassion for bereaved families.
  • Innovative use of partnership work, to ensure that bereaved families received fully encompassing support
  • His consideration of the needs of his colleagues. Alongside his ongoing, excellent support to bereaved families, PC Ardron has also taken steps to share their knowledge and experience with officers inside and outside of their force.

[2] Family Award winner, PC Rick Hooley, was commended by the judges for:

  • His exceptional communication skills, in a case where a family lived in a different country to where the crash occurred. Despite this, PC Hooley was able to clearly explain all of the different laws and processes involved, with the family fully supported.
  • This fantastic support was also provided through a lengthy deployment, and PC Hooley provided consistent communication to ensure the family were supported during a three year period. 
  • The nominating family also credited PC Rick Hooley for his outstanding dedication and professionalism.

About Brake

Brake is a national road safety charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes.

Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies. We do this through  national campaignscommunity education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.

Follow Brake on TwitterFacebook, or The Brake Blog.

Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.

Slater & Gordon Lawyers

Slater & Gordon Lawyers is one of the UK’s largest law firms with offices across England, Wales & Scotland. With more than 85 years’ experience, our reputation is built on the range of expertise offered by our partners and staff. We have completed acquisitions of a number of other law firms within the UK to become one of the largest personal law firms. The acquisitions have included: Russell Jones & Walker, Fentons, Goodmans Law, Taylor Vinters, John Pickering and Partners, and Pannone. We represent clients across a range of practise areas these include: personal injury, clinical negligence, employment, divorce and family, business, crime and regulatory, commercial and civil litigation, and media, libel and privacy. Additionally, the firm represents the Police Federation of England and Wales and specialises in police law.

For further information visit www.slatergordon.co.uk.

Bristol MP wins national road safety award

13 June 2016

news@brake.org.uk

Karin Smyth, MP for Bristol South, has been given the accolade of Parliamentarian of the Month in 2016 for May, by the road safety charity Brake and Direct Line Group. The award recognises Karin’s work fighting for tougher road safety regulations following the death of Freddie Hussey.

Three-year-old Freddie was crushed by a two-tonne trailer when it became detached from a Land Rover that was passing by as Freddie and his Mum were walking home. Ever since his death, Freddie’s parents have been fighting for tougher regulations for vehicles towing trailers.

Their cause has been championed by Karin Smyth, who was only elected as an MP in 2015 and put the Hussey’s case to the Government in a Westminster Hall debate in January. Her tireless work also saw several meetings with the Road Minister Andrew Jones.
The effort by the Hussey family, the local community and Ms Smyth has now seen guidance from the Driver and Vehicle Safety Agency (DVSA) being re-written to heighten awareness of trailer roadworthiness. Alongside this there will also be an awareness campaign will run through the summer and A new video is being developed by DVSA demonstrating how to carry out safety checks on trailers.

It is clear without the campaigning of Karin Smyth that these changes would not have been made. Her influence along with the work by the Hussey family has brought positive change through much tighter regulations.

Brake is campaigning for better justice for both the victims of road crashes and the families of those killed by criminal driving. Tweet us: @Brakecharity, #roadstojustice

Gary Rae, director of communications and campaigns, for Brake, said: “We are delighted to recognise another MP who has played a vital role in making our roads safer, not only in her constituency, but also across the whole country.

“The story of how Freddie Hussey lost his life is a horrifically tragic one. The family have clearly overcome a lot and their dedication to this campaign alongside the work of Karin Smyth deserves much credit. Hopefully what has been achieved here will ensure that no other family has to suffer the loss that the Hussey family has.”

Accepting his award, Karin Smyth, MP for Bristol South, said: “This award is a tribute to the relentless campaigning of Freddie’s Hussey family, and to the local community which has supported them through incredibly difficult times. Together we have been resolute in our wish that some good should come of Freddie’s tragic death.

“My aim was, and remains, bringing the family’s experiences to the attention of government and I am pleased that Brake has acknowledged my work in Parliament in this way. We are making good progress in bringing about change that can help improve safety on our roads. This is vital work, since we can be in no doubt that there are more accidents waiting to happen if the right changes aren’t made.”

Notes to Editors:

About Brake

Brake is a national road safety charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies. We do this through national campaigns, community education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.

Follow Brake on Twitter, Facebook, or The Brake Blog.

Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.

About Direct Line

Started in 1985, Direct Line became the first UK insurance company to use the telephone as its main channel of communication. It provides motor, home, travel and pet insurance cover direct to customers by phone or online.

Direct Line general insurance policies are underwritten by UK Insurance Limited, Registered office: The Wharf, Neville Street, Leeds LS1 4AZ. Registered in England No 1179980. UK Insurance Limited is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

Direct Line and UK Insurance limited are both part of Direct Line Insurance Group plc. Customers can find out more about Direct Line products or get a quote by calling 0845 246 3761 or visiting www.directline.com.