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UNPBrake34134York030Road safety affects everyone. It affects whether children can go to the park or walk to school, elderly people can get to the shops, people can take up cycling to get to work or get fit, and families feel safe to get around their neighbourhoods.

For some people, it changes everything. Road crashes and casualties end lives too soon, rip families apart, leave communities reeling in shock and victims feeling alone and without hope.

Brake is a road safety charity working with communities and organisations across the UK to stop the tragedy of road deaths and injuries, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and support people bereaved and seriously injured on roads. (We also work in New Zealand and run global projects.)

For answers to frequently asked questions about Brake, click here.

Annual Report

See our Annual Report 2018 for more on Brake’s work to promote safe and healthy mobility, and provide support to people affected by road crashes.

Brake’s vision

Brake's vision is a world where everyone moves in a safe and healthy way. We believe that safe and healthy mobility is everyone’s human right wherever we are; in cities, towns, villages or moving between places.

We are a humanitarian charity, working with urgency and in partnership with others to implement evidence-led solutions to a crisis that affects us all and our planet. Read our vision, values and aims

Brake’s work

Every day in the UK, five people die on roads and about 60 more are seriously injured, causing needless loss of life and inflicting terrible suffering.

RSWnzWe work to stop these tragedies and support people left bereaved and injured. We also work to end the danger, threat and pollution from traffic that blights communities and affects families across the UK.We have been working since 1995 to make a difference across the UK.

We promote road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies through campaignscommunity educationinformation and advice for organisations operating fleets of vehicles and road safety professionals, and the UK’s flagship road safety event, Road Safety Week. We provide essential support to people across the UK devastated by road death and serious injury to help them in their darkest hours.

Our work includes:

  • running an accredited, expert helpline and providing support literature to help bereaved and seriously injured road crash victims cope with their grief, deal with bewildering practical matters and access the help they need. Our helpline supports more than 500 families a year and our support packs are handed to families by police following every UK road death
  • coordinating national Road Safety Week every November, involving about 10,000 schools, employers and road safety professionals, raising awareness about road safety in communities across the UK
  • campaigning for essential road safety policies and wider awareness, such as through our flagship Know it & Solve it, Pace for People, Modern Vehicles and Driving for Zero campaigns
  • calling on drivers to slow down to protect children, and organising a Beep Beep! Day initiative for pre-schoolers
  • running a membership scheme, producing resources and running webinars and conferences to help fleet managers, employers and road safety practitioners
  • encouraging people to make our Brake Pledge and use our road safety advice, to help everyone to use roads safely and sustainably
  • making sure our voice is heard in the media.  

Our work is supported by many household names. Read comments from our celebrity supporters.

Brake's trustees

Our trustees include a senior personal injury solicitor, a professor of emergency medicine, and the chief scientist at TRL, the UK's Transport Research Laboratory. Find out more here.

Brake staff

You can meet some of the Brake team here.

Support Brake

Brake is proud to do a lot with limited resources, but we need your help to do more. We are funded by donations from, and fundraising by, individuals, groups, schools and companies, and through grants – huge thanks to all our supporters. Here are some of the ways you can help us grow and increase our impact. 

Corporate partnership: organisations can show their support for safer roads and road crash victims, and work with us to make road safety central to their CSR activities. You can read our ethical partnership policy here.

Fundraise: there are endless ways to support and promote the road safety cause in your community or organisation.

Join: keep up to date with our work and road safety. Get our fortnightly news bulletin, or bulletins for professionals or educators. Employers and practitioners: join our Brake Professional scheme.

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Brake Family Liaison Officer Awards 2019

FLO Award logo 2019

Brake Family Liaison Officer Awards

Brake's Family Liaison Officer 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.

The awards ceremony for the 2019 Family Liaison Officer Awards was held at the Houses of Parliament, on Wednesday 3 July 2019.

Photos from the awards ceremony are available to view here.

Three awards were open for nominations in 2019:

  • The Family Award
  • The Outstanding Officer Achievement Award
  • The Award for Excellent Longstanding Service

Congratulations to all of our winners and highly commends in the 2019 Brake Family Liaison Officer Awards:

Outstanding Officer Achievement Award


  • PC Joanna Baxter, Nottinghamshire Police

Highly commended:

  • PC Louise Phipps, Avon and Somerset Police
  • PC Allison Sellers, Metropolitan Police


  • Sergeant Jon Mochan, Police Scotland
  • PC Darren Pemble, Surrey Police
  • PC Craig Taylor, West Yorkshire Police


  • PC Joanna Baxter, Nottinghamshire Police
  • FLO Heidi Lee, Essex Police
  • Family Liaison Support Volunteer Sally Mack, Norfolk Police
  • Sergeant Jon Mochan, Police Scotland
  • PC Darren Pemble, Surrey Police
  • PC Louise Phipps, Avon and Somerset Police
  • PC Nick Priestley, West Yorkshire Police
  • PC Christopher Rowley-Smith, Hertfordshire Constabulary
  • PC Allison Sellers, Metropolitan Police
  • PC Diane Stevens, West Mercia Police
  • PC Craig Taylor, West Yorkshire Police
  • PS Hannah Thorpe, Dyfed Powys Police

Award for Excellent Longstanding Service


  • PC Tony Hayhurst, Cheshire Police

Highly commended:

  • PC Nick Anderton, Cheshire Police
  • PC George Trayner, Police Scotland


  • DC Clare Bevis , Metropolitan Police
  • DC Nicola Croucher, Metropolitan Police
  • PC Tom Davies, Cumbria Police
  • PC Sandra Terry, Thames Valley Police


  • PC Nick Anderton, Cheshire Police
  • DC Clare Bevis , Metropolitan Police
  • Inspector Matt Butler, Dorset Police
  • DC Nicola Croucher, Metropolitan Police
  • PC Tom Davies, Cumbria Police
  • PC Nigel Fawcett-Jones, West Yorkshire Police
  • PC Tony Hayhurst, Cheshire Police
  • FLO Heidi Lee, Essex Police
  • PSI Liam Ryan, Warwickshire Police
  • PC Sandra Terry, Thames Valley Police
  • PC George Trayner, Police Scotland

Family Award


  • PC Tom Kerr, Devon and Cornwall Police

Highly commended:

  • PC Craig Booth, Lancashire Constabulary
  • Investigation Officer Sophie Law, Nottinghamshire Police


  • PC Glyn Hanks, West Midlands Police


  • PC Craig Booth, Lancashire Constabulary
  • Investigation Officer Sophie Law Nottinghamshire Police
  • PC Glyn Hanks, West Midlands Police
  • PC Richard Collins, West Yorkshire Police
  • DC Alan Curtis, Metropolitan Police
  • PC Tom Kerr, Devon and Cornwall Police

Additional details about the 2019 Family Liaison Officer Awards and winning nominees can be found in Brake's media centre. If you would like any further information about the FLO Awards, please email

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

Many thanks to Birchall Blackburn LawHorwich Cohen Coghlan Solicitors andSlater and Gordon for kindly sponsoring the 2019 FLO Awards.


Brake Family Liaison Officer Awards 2020

FLO Award logo 2019

Brake is pleased to confirm that its Family Liaison Officer Awards will return in 2020 and are now open for entry.

The awards celebrate and recognise the outstanding achievements and support provided by Police family liaison officers (FLOs), and showcase best practice in supporting families following a road death or serious injury.

Following a judging process the awards ceremony will take place during Road Safety Week, 16-22 November 2020. Due to COVID-19 the ceremony will now take place as a virtual online event.

Nominations for these awards are open from 31 January 2020. The deadline for entries has been extended until 5pm on 26 June 2020.

Three categories will be open for nominations from 31 January 2020.

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 award 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 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 31 January 2020. The deadline for entries has been extended to 5pm on 26 June 2020.

For more information or guidance about entering an award, email

The award winners will be invited to present their stories which will be shared as case studies on the Brake website to ensure their best practice can be celebrated.

Details of the winners of the 2019 Awards can be found on our website here.

This award would not be possible without the kind support of headline sponsors Birchall Blackburn LawHorwich Cohen Coghlan SolicitorsSimpson Millar and Slater and Gordon Lawyers


Brake Family Liaison Officer Handbook: Civil claims

Some police officers working with bereaved and injured families express wariness of personal injury solicitors and civil claims generally. When it comes to professional personal injury solicitors with a specialism in fatal and serious injury road crash civil claims, this wariness is unfounded and potentially damaging to families, preventing them accessing vital funds. While money cannot replace a loved one, it can pay for things that make life more tolerable for families who are facing the worst time of their lives.   

For many people bereaved or injured by a road crash a successful civil claim provides an essential financial life line and, critically, can be pursued at no or very limited cost to the victims themselves.   

For people who have been bereaved by a road crash, a successful civil claim can provide vital financial assistance; particularly, but not exclusively, for those families where a main breadwinner has been killed and there are dependents such as children or elderly people. Claims can provide for a range of costs, from funeral expenses, to providing extensive, on-going living costs for a family raising children in order to cover a lost salary.  

For people seriously injured and their families, a successful civil claim can pay for necessary care in the home and additional health services above and beyond those that the NHS can provide.   

Civil claims often proceed even where criminal prosecutions haven't.   

It is particularly important for police to remember that the burden of proof required in a civil claim is generally lower than that required to proceed with a criminal prosecution. This means that a civil claim against a third party driver may still be possible even if that driver is not being prosecuted with a criminal offence, and even if the person who died or was injured may partly have been to blame (for example, they were a pedestrian who walked into the road).    

It is important to be aware that families will generally not know the above, and may think that because a criminal prosecution is not going ahead, they definitely don't have a civil claim; when they may indeed have a very good claim.    

Police can therefore be an enormous assistance to families by encouraging them to contact a personal injury solicitor with an expertise and experience in dealing with fatal road crashes. This can easily be achieved by calling the Brake helpline on 0808 8000 401, who can provide contact details for your police force areas. A family's initial consultation with a solicitor to find out if they have a claim is generally free.    

It's important to contact a specialist personal injury solicitor reasonably quickly.   

Personal injury solicitors need to, obviously, prepare their cases, and the more time they have, the better. While some information may not be available to them from the police until an investigation is complete, it can help a civil claim if a family's personal injury solicitor is hired in time to attend any inquest or other proceeding that is taking place, gain evidence of injuries, or even consider with the family a second post mortem.    

It is therefore not a good idea to advise a family to delay hiring a personal injury solicitor - this could damage their claim substantially, and after certain lengths of time claims cannot be made at all.    

It is therefore helpful if you can direct families to a specialist personal injury solicitor, to find out if they may or may not have a claim, quite soon after the crash, perhaps in your second or third contact with a family.    

Avoiding sharks and charlatans   

Claims assessors are not personal injury solicitors and are not qualified or regulated. They may offer families a contingency fee, where the family pays a percentage of their awards to their claims assessor if they win. In the case of big claims, this means a family may end up paying an enormous and totally unreasonable amount. You can help families by warding them away from claims assessors and ringing the Brake helpline to contact a specialist personal injury solicitor for a family.   

Brake also has experience of some solicitors offering to take on fatal or serious road crash civil claims when they have little experience in this area. It is very important that families seek the advice and assistance of a solicitor who is a specialist and experienced in dealing with a case such as theirs, and that they don't just hire the solicitor they know who maybe wrote their will or sold their house. Claims for compensation following an injury or death are not always straightforward and it is vital that an expert is found especially if the matter is severe involving the loss of a limb, a head or spinal injury, the death of a loved one, or if the claim concerns potentially negligent medical treatment.   

Further reading   

Read the information in the civil claims section of the Brake bereavement pack Advice for bereaved families and friends following a death on the road for more background knowledge of civil claims in bereavement cases. You can also read Brake's guide for serious injury victims for information about civil claims in serious injury cases.

Brake meeting with Mike Penning Road Safety Minister - 6 July 2010

Julie Townsend, Deputy Chief Executive of Brake and Ellen Booth, Campaigns Officer of Brake, met Mike Penning MP, the newly appointed Road Safety Minister.

Issues discussed included:

Minister’s background and commitment to road safety

The Minister explained that he used to be a paramedic in the army as well as a fire fighter before he went into politics. He used to be involved in road safety education for young people through his work as a fire fighter and be believes that education plays an important part in promoting road safety. He explained that he had a strong commitment to road safety that stems from cutting too many people from car wreckages. The Minister is a motorcycle rider and is concerned that the number of motorcycle deaths hasn’t reduced as much as for other road users. He is also especially concerned about young male drivers.

Brake acknowledged the Minister’s statement of commitment to road safety. As a charity that works directly with people affected by death and serious injury on the roads, we share his understanding of the devastation that results from road crashes. We hope that his first hand experience of the carnage on our roads will impel him to provide strong leadership on road safety and push for tough legislation to protect the British public.

Funding for road safety

The Minister doesn’t agree that road safety will necessarily be cut at local level in line with the 40% cuts made by central Government to the road safety grant provided to local authorities. He disagrees that these cuts send a strong message to local authorities that road safety isn’t a priority. He argued that local authorities must decide on their priorities themselves rather than look to central Government to make those decisions. Althought the road safety grant has been cut by 40% effective in this year, local authorities have the choice to fund road safety from other sources of funding that aren’t ring fenced. He believes that local authorities must make their own decisions about what to fund. He pointed out that he has also halted all major roads projects so road safety is not the only target of the cuts.

Brake asserted that cutting the road safety grant so drastically sends a message to local authorities that road safety can be sacrificed through this period of austerity. If more isn’t done to ensure road safety is adequately funded now and provided with certainty for the future then we face a bleak prospect of more deaths on our roads, which could cost society far more than is beign saved through these cuts.

A vision for road safety to 2020.

The Minister wants to create a future where road safety becomes integrated into transport policy at a more intrinsic level. This means that when new roads are built he wants to ensure road safety is prioritised at the design level. For example, we need to provide sufficient rest areas on motorways.

When asked if and when he would be setting a road safety strategy and road casualty reduction targets for 2010-2020 he said he was unable to confirm this at the moment.

He is not an advocate of targets because he feels they can be misleading and create false incentives that are counterproductive. He stated that he does not yet have a timetable for when he will set out a strategy to 2020. He did state that he thinks it is important that central Government provides leadership to local authorities through outlining priorities in a strategy. However, he is not convinced that setting an ambitious vision for road safety such as Sweden’s ‘Vision Zero’ is realistic.

Brake argued that setting ambitious targets on the reduction in the number of people killed on our roads would help to drive down deaths and casualties, and pointed to evidence target setting leading to accelerated casualty reductions. In July 2009, Brake responded to the Government’s ‘a safer way’ consultation on the setting of a new strategy for road safety over the coming decade arguing that we need challenging targets, separate targets for deaths and serious injuries, and a clear and ambitious vision for road safety. Brake believes that this vision should encompass the concept that road deaths are preventable and therefore unacceptable – with the long-term goal of reducing deaths to zero (similar to visions already in place in Sweden and Scotland). Brake pressed the Minister that setting a direction and targets for road safety must be an urgent priority.

Speed cameras

The Minister believes speed cameras should be used as one tool among many but more recently they have become the main focus of road safety measures. Instead he wants action to be taken to educate people rather than entirely focusing on enforcement. The Minister believes that speed enforcement through cameras is not fully evidenced.

With regards to his recent announcements that central Government would not be funding any more fixed speed cameras he stated that he hasn’t directed local authorities not to put up any more fixed speed cameras. He asserted that he is committed to localism and that it is up to local authorities to decide how to spend their money, including whether they want to put up more fixed speed cameras. He insisted that his announcement was solely that central Government won’t provide money for fixed speed cameras but local authorities can continue to purchase them. He stated that average speed cameras seem to be a better way of reducing speed and he will promote their use, especially on motorways.

Brake has spoken out on the Minister’s comments on speed cameras, pointing to evidence on their effectiveness, and surveys showing that the majority of drivers accept their use as a safety measure. The Department for Transport’s own research shows that speed cameras are proven to reduce speed and casualties. Brake agrees that a whole host of road safety measures should be encouraged, but this should include cameras as they are a cost-effective, popular and an extremely efficient way of improving road safety in the short term. Brake also agrees that a greater number of average speed cameras should be rolled out across the country, both on major routes and in built up areas.

Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA)

The Minister does not believe in mandatory ISA. He would prefer a system of voluntary ISA. He is looking into producing a national map of speed limits that could be used by individuals and fleets who wish to use ISA in their vehicles.

In the long term, Brake would like to see the introduction of mandatory intelligent speed adaptation to ensure that all drivers can stick to speed limits. Research has shown that mandatory ISA would reduce fatal crashes by 50%[1] - that is more than 1,000 lives saved in Great Britain alone every year. Brake is urging the Government to fund production of a speed limit map, which would pave the way for ISA, and enable fleet operators to start using it, while costing relatively little.

Drug driving

The Minister has had the appropriate meetings to get the ball rolling on introducing drugalysers, including with manufacturers. He has been investigating the different types of drugalysers available. A drugalyser which could be used in a non-evidential capacity at the roadside is now in the hands of the Home Office, which needs to give type approval for a device.  Once drugalysers are type approved they will be piloted and then rolled out nationally.

The Minister believes that we urgently need this new technology to tackle the serious problem of drug driving and is committed to acting quickly once they have received type approval from the Home Office.

The Minister added that he agrees that we need to find a way to remove the need for police to prove impairment from drugs to prosecute for drug driving. It should be possible to prosecute drug drivers simply for having illegal drugs (or a certain level of illegal drugs) present in their body.

Brake welcomes the Minister’s swift action on drugalyser technology and promise to deliver implementation quickly once type approval was given by the Home Office. Brake also pressed the Minister to act to change the requirement on ‘impairment’ for drug driving as a matter of urgency and set a timetable for achieving this. Brake also emphasised the need for sufficient resources and powers for police to carry out adequate levels of drug testing at the roadside.

Drink drive limit

The Minister was not able to divulge how he will respond to Sir Peter North’s recommendation on lowering the drink drive limit.

He did state that he hopes to remove the need for police to consult a doctor to verify drink driving which would make the enforcement of the drink drive limit easier.

He also stated that he was concerned that the North Report made no recommendations on how to target people who are over the limit by large amounts. He is concerned that this is a big problem on rural roads. He hopes to identify what he can do about this particular problem.

He believes that education on drink driving should play a major part in tackling the problem.

Brake argues that the drink drive limit must be lowered to 20mg/100ml blood or less, an effective zero tolerance approach, to reflect research which shows that even small amounts of alcohol impair driving ability. Brake believes that leaving the drink drive limit at 80mg alcohol or even reducing it to 50mg leaves the public confused over how much they can drink safely and even how much will put them over the legal limit. The only way for drivers to know that they are safe, as well as legal, is to not drink any alcohol before getting behind the wheel.

Young drivers

The Minister is very concerned about the safety of young male drivers. He believes that education must play a role in making them safer on the roads.

The Minister believes that learning to drive shouldn’t be about learning to pass a test. It should be about learning to enjoy driving and driving safely. He wants to move towards this understanding of learning to drive and believes that the changes he has already announced on improving the motorcycle test is the first step in this direction. He said that more will follow.

Brake urged the Minister to consider introducing Graduated Driver Licensing to help reduce crashes involving young drivers.


The Minister believes that the police do not need greater powers to enforce traffic offences. Instead he believes that a lack of resources is to blame for the low levels of enforcement for offences on our roads.

Brake argued that enforcement of the law must be radically improved by increasing the number of specialist traffic officers on our roads and giving the police the powers to use up to date technology.


[1] ISA-UK: Intelligent speed adaptation, Professor Oliver Carston et al., The University of Leeds and MIRA Ltd, 2008

Brake policy meetings and speeches

Speech by Brake campaigns director Julie Townsend at the Brake and Cambridge Weight Plan Parliamentary reception on driver tiredness, 13.07.11

Speech by Brake campaigns director Julie Townsend at the young driver Parliamentary reception held by Brake, Association of British Insurers and The Co-operative Insurance, 11.05.11 

Speech by Brake campaigns director Julie Townsend at the Brake annual reception in the Houses of Parliament 19.01.11

Brake's campaigns director speaks at Road to Recovery conference on Brake's Forgotten Victims campaign 2.11.10

Brake's CE Mary Williams OBE addresses CARRSQ road safety conference, Brisbane, Australia (word) 10.10

Brake's parliamentary reception on sleep apnoea 20.07.10

Brake's meeting with Mike Penning Road Safety Minister 06.07.10

Brake's CE Mary Williams OBE address the international Speed Congress in London 13.05.10

Brake's deputy CE Cathy Keeler meets the North Review of drink and drug driving team 18.02.10

Brake's deputy chief executive Cathy Keeler attends seminar to discuss the government's National Victims Service 10.02.10

Speech by Brake trustee Deborah Johnson in the Houses of Parliament at the Brake annual reception 19.01.10

Open letter from Brake to Home Secretary Alan Johnson, calling for ban on mini-motorbikes (pdf) 04.01.10

Speech by Brake chief executive Mary Williams OBE to the UK's road safety partnerships 20.10.09

Speech by Brake trustee Deborah Johnson in the Houses of Parliament at the Brake annual reception 21.01.09

Brake and a delegation of MPs meets road safety minister to lobby for 20mph limits 14.07.08

Brake's annual reception in the Houses of Parliament - speech by Brake CE Mary Williams OBE 17.01.08

Brake's Head of Campaigns Cathy Keeler meets Victims Minister Maria Eagle MP 17.01.08

Brake's Head of Campaigns Cathy Keeler meets Road Safety Minister Jim Fitzpatrick MP 09.01.08

Brake's annual reception in Parliament - Chief executive speech

Welcome and thank you to everyone for taking the time to celebrate Brake’s work with us. All charities should take heart that citizenship is on the national curriculum of school learning. Brake in particular. Road safety is about good citizenship. Above all else, it’s about caring for our fellow man. It’s the parent who choses to care for the environment and prioritise health living, teach their child how to cross roads safely by choosing to walk to school - meanwhile reducing the danger of traffic to others on the school run. It’s the company boss who invests in a new vehicle fleet, risk management procedures and isn’t afraid to change for safety’s sake: banning use of all types of mobile phones, replacing company cars with rail passes, requiring all those who have to rive to be annually assessed. It’s the community that pulls to gether to reduce a speed limit, get a crossing, get a speed camera. It’s the mate who takes away their best friend’s car keys rather than let them drive drunk or drugged. It’s the Minister and civil servant who makes the connection, vitally, between reducing CO2 emmissions from excessive use of vehicles (reportedly up by 20% in the past 10 years in many regions) by enabling communities to walk and cycle by investing in road safety. Road safety can be the key to environmental goals. That link cannot be over-stated. No mother would agree to their child walking to school if there is a significant risk of death, as there often is.

In 2007 small steps were taken.

The Department for Transport published its child road safety strategy.

An overhaul of the driving test was promised.

The Government, after significant effort on our part, renewed its funding for our support literature for bereaved families.

New charges of killing through careless driving, driving unlicensed, and uninsured, and corporate killing charges, are being introduced.

These are significant but small steps.

Where is the funding for face to face support for road crash victims? The forgotten victims. Today there has been a ‘near miss’ plane crash. Hours of broadcast time have already been devoted to it. Yet today 9 people died on the roads in the UK, devastating families and communities. It is shameful that the promises of David Blunkett in 2001, that we would see funding for services for our desperately traumatised victim group through a much trumpeted Victim’s Fund have been, so far, false promises. Maybe next year, the year after, we wait; the families stoically suffer, without publicity, often in isolation, suffering horrendous trauma without the support they deserve. Representatives of the criminal justice system and parliamentarians here tonight - do what you can to help us with this vital campaign.

I hope tonight proves to be a useful opportunity to make links and reinvigorated about tackling the mammoth task ahead. I want to close by quoting from a speech by Michelle Kirby, auntie to Tommy who has killed aged 10 on a crossing last year. Michelle bravely spoke at the launch of Road Safety Week, when we launched our campaign for 20mph limits in all communities. Michelle says:

“Tommy was a very bright, funloving and cheek you with a unique personality and vivid imagination. He loved dinosaurs and Doctor Who. He loved his family. One can only imagine what Tommy’s parents Lynsey and Lloyd have gone through these last six months and will do for the rest of their lives. A simple visit to the supermarket, walking past any school. All everyday things that bring back memories of the son they cherished and believed would be with them for the rest of their lives. Tommy also has a brother, Alfie, who is just 4, and young cousins, my children, who are all still at odds to understand just where their hero has gone.

Those of you who have your own children, the next time you have a conversation with them, cuddle them, put them to bed or even tell them off, spare a thought for Tommy’s mum and dad. Could you imagine never been able to do these things with your child ever again?”

Please back Brake’s campaign for 20mph limits in built up areas. Lobby your MP. If you are a MP, lobby Government, reduce the default built up limit to 20 - NOW.

And if you are still wondering ‘How can I help?’ you know how you must help - give to Brake, volunteer for Brake, campaign with Brake.

Brake's Annual reception in the Houses of Parliament, Trustee Deborah Johnson's speech 21.1.09

A few weeks ago, Phil Peak, whose neck was broken and back was shattered in the most horrendous motorway smash, killing his two children Arron, 10, and Ben, 8, took part in our launch of Road Safety Week, with his wife and mother to his children, Amanda. Many of you will know the story - their lives have been devastated by a drunk, speeding footballer.

Phil and Amanda are with us here - thank you for coming tonight, thank you for your courage, and thank you for supporting Brake.

There are others with us here tonight who have been bereaved in road crashes, but most of us have not. Most of us here can only try to imagine what it is like for Phil and Amanda.

Most of the rest of the population of the UK, it is safe to say, have never even thought to take the time to imagine what it is like for Phil and Amanda.

Many of those unconsciously thoughtless people are young, male drivers, like that footballer, who will continue to kill and maim unless we can get through to them, and change them.

‘We’ means everyone. Everyone can do something. Legislators, fleet managers, road safety professionals, Brake volunteers, communities. From a teenager’s decision to run a road safety assembly in their school, to a company who decides to increase, not stop, their funding of Brake in a recession, to the civil servant who decides, finally, to start funding face to face support services for road crash victims. The last, I am sad to report, is still being promised and not delivered.

It is said that all big ideas are first of all ridiculed, then fought against, and then accepted.

Brake’s big idea for the past 13 years has been that no death on the road is acceptable. And that everyone bereaved or seriously injured in such an appalling, inhumane, untimely way should have government-funded comprehensive support.

So is this big idea being ridiculed, fought against, or accepted?

Brake has experienced all three viewpoints. We increasingly experience the warmth, commitment, understanding and team work of our dedicated volunteers, corporate supporters, and friends across the road safety industry and in parliament. At the other end of the spectrum, we have received hate mail from speed freaks.

Our support literature remains the only aspect of our support work that is Government funded, and we have had to work hard to retain even that. Bereaved familes value enormously, but need much more, than literature hand outs.

Our funding for road safety prevention work from Government remains a tiny proportion of our income. We will keep fighting for more.

But change is in the air. There are Government consultations about tougher driving tests and tougher drink drive laws. Satellite controlled speed limiters for vehicles are being given more widespread approval. But in many ways, regulation is easy. It’s getting the massive investment we need in more traffic policing, in more road safety TV adverts, and in supporting the bereaved and injured, that is not on the near horizon.

Research we conducted and released at Christmas showed younger drivers were twice as likely as older drivers to think there was no chance they would get caught drink driving. Brake’s initiatives are aimed at enabling individual actions to produce astounding results in areas such as drink drive education, through our volunteers giving presentations in schools and youth offender institutions. Or our volunteers working in other areas such as supporting bereaved families in their homes ?” a service we can still only provide in Yorkshire.

We have lost a significant amount of corporate support already in this recession. But we are left knowing who our friends are. Who the people are who passionately believe in what we are doing and its importance. Thank you to our corporate partners, our volunteers who work so tirelessly in their communities, and all our professional colleagues in the road safety industry, parliament and government working for road safety.

Let me, however, end my speech by thanking one person in particular. Let’s talk about Toby.

Toby Cope has delivered presentations on road safety to more than 700 people. He has organised road safety plays, road safety speeches by celebrities, and road safety patrols. He has organised a team of people to cycle 350 miles raising more than £5,000 for Brake. So who is Toby? Is he a road safety officer? A Brake fundraiser? A fire officer?

No. Let me tell you three facts about Toby.

Toby’s mother was killed by a drunk driver when Toby was 12.

Toby is still only 17.

Toby is a Brake Volunteer and winner of our Volunteer of the Year Award.

Please come up Toby and accept your award

Brake's partnership policy


Brake is a road safety charity dedicated to preventing road death and injury and caring for people bereaved and injured in road crashes. As such,Brake is committed to retaining our independent stance in furtherance of our vision, which is a world where people can get about in ways that are safe, sustainable, healthy and enjoyable. In accordance with our strategy, however, Brake also recognises and values working with others to achieve bigger, faster results.   

This policy outlines

  1. Organisations we work with
  2. How partnerships help Brake
  3. Terms and conditions attached to our partnerships

In this policy all organisations external to Brake, whether they are profit-making corporations, NGOs, grant-givers, government agencies, or associations of any other type, are referred to as ‘organisations’ for brevity. The term organisations, in the context of this policy, can also be applied to an individual we work with who is very well known, for example a celebrity.

Organisations we work with

Brake will actively seek partnerships with organisations supportive of our vision, or additionally or alternatively supportive of care for road crash victims. 

Brake will especially seek relationships with organisations that are taking their own steps to contribute towards Brake’s vision. This includes, for example, organisations promoting safe and sustainable travel among employees, or organisations providing helpful services to road crash victims.

How partnerships help Brake

Brake seeks and nurtures partnerships that help Brake achieve its strategic aims, in line with its vision and mission. This can be achieved in many ways, but often includes provision of funding towards Brake’s charitable activities, through unrestricted donations, sponsorships or grants for Brake’s work, or through fundraising by people within those organisations.

It also includes organisations sometimes choosing to contribute directly to Brake’s work by providing, free of charge, time, expertise, resources or services to the charity, or helping to promote the charity.

Terms and conditions attached to our partnerships

Brake applies the following terms and conditions to our relationships with external organisations:

  • Organisations entering into a partnership with Brake will have a written and signed partnership contract outlining any specific activities to be undertaken and terms and conditions relevant to that partnership.
  • Brake will thank organisations for their support of Brake in ways that are appropriate and provide transparency regarding the charity’s funding and supporters. For organisations that have supported us significantly, this will include providing an annual report reminding organisations of the positive ways they have worked with Brake in furtherance of our strategic aims.
  • Brake may agree, through the written partnership contract or as the opportunity arises, to promote activities, products or services by our partners that are wholly in line with our vision, mission and strategic aims and objectives. Any such decision will be an independent decision by Brake in the interest of the charity. We will not be required at any stage to undertake any such promotion that is not agreed.
  • Brake’s permission must be sought and secured for use of its name and branding by organisations in all instances of proposed use, and will not be unfairly with-held.  However, Brake’s name or branding must not be used by any organisation in a manner that would express or imply Brake’s endorsement of any activity undertaken by that organisation unrelated to a partnership activity with Brake. A partnership with Brake cannot imply any wider endorsement by Brake of an organisation’s activities generally.
  • Brake has a data protection policy and consequently cannot sell, loan or exchange its mailing lists with other organisations.
  • Brake reserves the right to stop working with organisations that are, subsequent to commencement of a partnership with Brake, found to be promoting or endorsing or engaging in dangerous behaviour on roads, or operating in ways that are against the interests of, or offensive to, road crash victims. On such cessation, Brake will not be required to reimburse any donations already made to the charity.
  • Brake will work with external organisations that have been in existence for more than 12 months and who have demonstrable areas of work. 

Brake's policy manifesto

parliamentBrake's vision, Target Zero, imagines a world where road deaths and serious injuries have been reduced to zero. We believe this is the only humane goal to aim for in the long-term. 

This manifesto sets out our priorities for UK Government action we need now, to work towards this vision. Many of these steps require investment – but effective road safety measures usually pay for themselves many times over, by reducing the huge economic and social burden of road deaths and injuries. Road deaths and injuries cost society an estimated £33 billion each year in the UK [1].

Show your support for this manifesto by clicking 'like' above, and clicking on the points below and following the ‘take action’ links.


The UK Government must:

1. Adopt a vision for reducing road deaths and serious injuries to zero, plus challenging casuallty reduction targets, a strong national strategy and dedicated road safety funding, to help us achieve safer roads, reduced car dependency and vehicle emissions, and greener, healthier, happier communities.

2. Reduce the default urban limit from 30mph to 20mph, and the rural limit from 60mph to 50mph (with lower limits on rural roads with particular risks) – helping to protect children and adults on foot and bicycle in communities, and people in vehicles on rural roads, by ensuring drivers can stop in time in an emergency. A positive interim step would be encouraging and enabling more local authorites to implement widespread lower limits, through improved guidance and funding.

3. Introduce graduated driver licensing to reduce young driver crashes – to allow new drivers to develop driving skills and experience over time, while limiting exposure to risky situations. Graduated driver licensing is used successfully in other countries, and predicted to save hundreds of lives if implemented in the UK.

4. Reduce the drink drive limit to 20mg alcohol per 100ml blood and implement random breath-testing – a zero tolerance approach that sends a clear message that you shouldn’t drink any alcohol before driving, and won't get away with it if you do, in line with research showing that even one small drink affects reaction times.

5. Introduce drugalysers, and make driving on illegal drugs an offence – so drivers can be screened for drugs at the roadside, and prosecuted if they have illegal drugs in their system without having to prove impairment.

6. Ban the use of hands-free mobile phones while driving – in line with research showing that talking on a hands-free is just as distracting, severely impairing reaction times.

7. Make traffic policing a national policing priority – resources must be put into higher levels of traffic policing, enabling an increase in roadside drink and drug testing and road patrols.

8. Replace the numberplate test with regular, comprehensive eyesight tests – ensuring drivers have their sight tested by an expert at least every 10 years, bringing us into line with an EU directive that sets out driver eyesight standards.

9. Require companies to report crashes involving people driving for work to the Health and Safety Executive - by extending existing 'RIDDOR' reporting requirements, to ensure more companies take responsibility for minimising the risks posed by employees driving for work.

10. Fund comprehensive support services for bereaved and seriously injured road crash victims – ensuring all victims are offered the support they need to help them get through their worst nightmare, if necessary diverting funds from the huge amount spent on care for victims of less traumatic crimes, such as theft.

11. Rename the charges for causing death by dangerous driving and careless driving to include serious injury – to ensure drivers who cause a serious injury receive an appropriately tough penalty.

End notes:

[1] Reported Road Casualties Great Britain 2009, Department for Transport 2010

Brake’s trustees

deborahjohnsonDeborah Johnson: Chair of the Board

Deborah Johnson is a legal consultant working with the claimant division of national law firm Hugh James. Before that, she worked for many years as a personal injury solicitor in the area of road collisions, representing bereaved families and people with life-changing injuries. Deborah became a trustee of Brake in 2008 before subsequently agreeing to take on the additional responsibility of Chair. Her key focuses are appropriate signposting and support for families and individuals, empowering them to cope during the worst time of their lives and helping them to move forward, and she is active in educating lawyers, police family liaison officers, charitable organisations and healthcare professionals – encouraging them to work together to achieve the very best possible outcomes.

Dr Tim CoatsTim Coats 190x190

Dr Tim Coats is Professor of Emergency Medicine in Leicester and chairs the Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN). His research is focused on better organisation of NHS services for severely injured patients and better ways of stopping bleeding after injury.


riichardcuerdenRichard Cuerden

Richard Cuerden is Director of the UK’s TRL Academy. He has worked in the field of applied road and vehicle safety research for more than 20 years and leads a diverse portfolio of research and consultancy projects.


Kris Gledhill


Kris Gledhill practised law in the USA and then England and Wales before becoming an academic lawyer in New Zealand, where he is now based at AUT Law School in Auckland.



Steven McIntosh


Steven McIntosh is a Professor of Economics at the University of Sheffield. He teaches and researches in the area of education and its effects on individuals' outcomes in the labour market.



Frances Senior

Frances Senior

Frances has 24 years of experience working for the Police service, and is the National Police Chiefs' Council Capability Manager for Forensic Collision Investigation. Using her forensic background and strategic knowledge of collision investigation she currently leads a national project to raise standards and achieve ISO accreditation for the profession, while being committed to improving the services provided to victims and families of fatal and serious road traffic collisions.


Jenny MillarJenny Millar

Jenny is an independent consultant specialising in digital growth and online engagement. She spent 10 years at eBay turning their data into commercial intelligence and strengthening their commercial strategy. She is a mentor for GCHQ's cybersecurity accelerator and runs the Digital Ventures course at Warwick Business School. Jenny is passionate about the role of technology and data advancements in improving road safety.

Britain still in the dark as charity renews call to make the most of daylight and make roads safer

Friday 27 March 2015

Brake, the road safety charity 

As the clocks spring forward this Sunday, politicians are being reminded that the way Britain sets its clocks is wasting hours of potentially productive daylight and creating unnecessary risk on our roads. Brake, the road safety charity, is calling on all political parties to commit to putting the clocks forward an hour year round, a move which would make the most of available daylight, and bring about lighter afternoons and evenings, and therefore safer streets, in the winter months.

With more people travelling in daylight rather than darkness, road journeys would become safer for all, especially vulnerable pedestrians and cyclists. It has been estimated that moving the clocks to GMT +1 in winter and GMT +2 in summer would prevent 80 deaths and hundreds of serious injuries on UK roads every year [1], preventing needless suffering and saving the NHS £138 million a year in the process [2].

Lighter, safer evenings could also encourage more recreational walking and cycling. Combined with Brake’s GO 20 campaign for 20mph limits in cities, towns and villages, this would mean a powerful boost for healthy, active lifestyles. Brake is reminding that at all times of year by slowing down to 20mph in built up areas, drivers can make a personal contribution to making roads safer for those on foot and bike.

Find out more about theLighter Later andGO 20 campaigns to make roads safer for people on foot and bike.Tweet us:@Brakecharity, hashtag #LighterLater.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, the road safety charity, said:“Putting the clocks forward by an hour year-round is a simple move that would have a wide range of benefits for society, including helping to cut devastating road casualties. With more daylight available in the afternoons and evenings, people would be safer and feel more confident getting out and about on foot or bike, whether to get back from school or work or for recreation. Our communities would be more social, enjoyable places. As British summertime gets underway, we’re calling on whoever forms the next government to waste no time, and implement these changes.”

About the Lighter Later campaign

Brake is part of a coalition of organisations campaigning for the clocks to go forward for an hour year round, making it GMT +1 in winter and GMT +2 in summer. This simple change would make our evenings lighter and give us more daylight during waking hours. It's estimated this would result in 80 fewer road deaths and hundreds fewer serious injuries each year [3], preventing unnecessary suffering and saving the NHS £138million annually [4].

It would also cut 447,000 tonnes of CO2 pollution [5], and save us all on our bills, because we would have to put our lights on less. Not to mention a big boost to leisure, tourism, and healthy life-styles because we get a bit more daylight to play with. Find out more at

In January 2012, despite widespread support from the Lighter Later coalition, MPs, and letters from 26,300 members of the public, a Daylight Saving Bill which would have compelled the government to review and act on the evidence for changing the clocks, ran out of time in the House of Commons, preventing more than 140 MPs who had stayed to vote from doing so.


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.

Follow Brake on Twitter or Facebook. Follow Julie Townsend on Twitter.

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.

End notes

[1] Report 368, a new assessment of the likely effects on road accidents of adopting a GMT+1/GMT+2 regime, Transport Research Laboratory, 1998
[2] Department for Transport, A Safer Way: Consultation on Making Britain’s Roads the Safest in the World, 2009
[3] Report 368, a new assessment of the likely effects on road accidents of adopting a GMT+1/GMT+2 regime, Transport Research Laboratory, 1998
[4] Department for Transport, A Safer Way: Consultation on Making Britain’s Roads the Safest in the World, 2009
[5] Chong, Y. Garnsey, E. Hill, S. & Desobry, F. Daylight Saving, Electricity Demand and Emissions; Exploratory Studies from Great Britain, 2009

Charities that promote road safety

You may wish to help promote road safety issues. There are several organisations that do this. Some also offer advice and support to road crash victims and have support helplines.

Brake, the road safety charity
Promotes road safety through community education programmes, resources and national and local campaigning by staff and a network of volunteers. Coordinates national Road Safety Week. Its support division provides services for people affected by road crashes, including free support literature for adults and children (including this guide), a helpline, website information, and contact with people who have suffered a similar experience.

Helpline: 0808 8000 401


To join, volunteer and for all road safety queries: 01484 559909 or email

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Brake, PO Box 548, Huddersfield, HD1 2XZ


RoadPeace, the road victim charity

Established in 1992, RoadPeace campaigns for justice for victims and road danger reduction, including through local groups and the Safer Streets Coalition. RoadPeace’s national helpline for crash victims offers information and support based on expertise, empathy and understanding, supported by free literature written from the perspective of road victims and the experience of thousands of cases.

Helpline: 0845 4500 355 (open 5 days a week, 9am-5pm)     


W:            T: 020 7733 1603       



RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents)

RoSPA’s road safety department raises awareness about the causes of road crashes and promotes measures to help prevent them. This charity does not provide support services for road crash victims.

T: 0121 248 2000        E:     W:

RoSPA House, 28 Calthorpe Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 1RP


SCARD (Support and Care After Road Death & Injury)

Working in partnership with CADD (Campaign Against Drinking and Driving)

Two charities working together providing emotional and practical support to anyone bereaved, injured or affected by a road death or injury. Offers road safety education workshops for schools and organisations.

They offer a helpline staffed by experienced volunteers 365 days a year. They will also help you access counselling and legal advice.

Helpline: 0845 123 5542 (open 7 days a week, 9am-9pm)

Office: 01484 723649

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SCARD, Floor 1, 16 Market Street, Brighouse, HD6 1AP

Charity of the Year

Make Brake your Charity of the Year

A charity of the year partnership is a great way to unite and motivate employees. Brake can provide you with our experience in this area, ensuring you COTY2have access to lots of charity fundraising resources, ideas and support to build a successful partnership with us that benefits both Brake and you. 

Why support Brake?
Every day, five UK police officers have to break the news to five families, that their loved one has been killed in a road crash.   A further 70 families every day learn that their loved one has been seriously injured, with many suffering brain damage, paralysis or limb loss.  

Brake is a national charity dedicated to preventing these road deaths and injuries from happening and to providing support for people bereaved or injured in road crashes.  

We work with different road users – from children and their parents, to young people learning to drive, to people who drive for work. We produce resources, run training and events and deliver community engagement project which raise awareness about road safety.   Brake’s support division is the national provider of support for road crash victims helping families whose lives have been devastated by a sudden death or serious injury.  It offers emotional support and practical information through a helpline and through support literature that is handed out by police following every fatal road crash in the UK.

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As your Charity of the Year, Brake will provide you with a dedicated member of staff who will work closely with you to design a partnership that meets your vision.

Tailored partnership
Brake would be delighted to build a bespoke partnership with your organisation, working with you on any specific needs and objectives you may have and helping to help you meet your corporate social responsibility objectives. 

We have a wide range of resources and fundraising materials which will help you promote events internally and externally., We will provide exciting and motivating fundraising and engagement ideas that met the aims of our relationship. Your partnership manager will work closely with you to create a bespoke calendar of activities for your staff to get involved, whatever their interests, from challenge events to in-house office fundraising ideas, we have something for everyone.

Why have a Charity of the Year?
Encouraging your staff to get behind a common goal helps with motivation and team bonding.   By selecting a Charity of the Year, you’re demonstrating to staff, customers, suppliers and your local community that you are an ethical business committed to giving back to society. By selecting Brake, you’re supporting a cause that affects everyone.  Whether a driver, cyclist or a pedestrian, or indeed all of these, everyone is affected by road safety and everyone benefits from increased awareness about the ways we can all keep each other safe when out and about.

For more information
If you are interested in knowing more about how you can partner with us please email or ring Lisa on 01484 683294



Complaints policy

We take complaints about our services seriously and view them as an opportunity to: a) identify and apologise for any mistakes or inadequacies in our systems; and b) implement improvements to our services. 

Who can complain

For your feedback to be treated as a formal complaint, you must be complaining about a specific service you, or someone you are representing, received from Brake, and which you consider fell below acceptable standards. General comments about Brake's work or opinions on issues we deal with will not be treated as complaints but can be submitted to us through our comments form.

How to complain

Complaints should be sent to with the subject labelled COMPLAINT. Please email us from an email account you regularly monitor so we can reply. Please include your full name and phone number.

Alternatively, if you do not have email access, write to Ross Moorlock, Brake, PO Box 548, Huddersfield, HD1 2XZ, enclosing an address we can reply to.

What to put in your complaint

Your complaint must provide full details as you understand them of what you think we didn't do very well and why, how that affected you, and what you think we should do now, so we have all the necessary information to hand from the beginning. So, for example, if you are complaining about an aspect of a conversation you held with a Brake employee, it helps if you tell us exactly when that conversation took place and, if you remember their name, who you spoke to, what happened, and what you think should have happened.

Your complaint will be logged and stored on our secure servers. Your information will always be processed in accordance with our Privacy Policy, and all details that you provide us with will be kept secure and held for no longer than necessary.

How we investigate your complaint

Complaints are responded to by Brake's HR director, in consultation with relevant team leaders and our team protocols. Complaints are responded to with careful consideration of a) our existing protocols and systems and what should have happened, b) the facts of what happened and how you were affected, and c) whether there is anything we could do better in the future and what improvements we can implement.

Brake has to consider use of its resources when investigating complaints and planning any subsequent improvements. The amount of staff time Brake can commit to addressing any particular area of work will depend on strategic priorities and funding. For example, Brake may decide an improvement to our work is desirable but can be delayed, rather than urgent and requires attention now. This may also affect the amount of time we can engage in discussion with a complainant on any particular issue at any particular time.

When you will hear from us

Brake believes it is important to respond to complaints in a timely manner. If you are making a complaint about Brake we aim to send you a response within 10 working days. If it is not possible to respond fully within that timeframe you should receive a response within 10 working days explaining this is not possible and advising you that we require another 10 working days. In either instance, your complaint will be responded to within 20 working days. If you do not receive a response then it may be that your complaint has not been received. In that instance, please call 01484 559909.

If you are unhappy with our response

If you are not satisfied with the first response you receive, you can reply explaining why you feel our response is inappropriate and your complaint will be reconsidered within a further 20 working days in consultation with the charity's chief executive.

Derogatory correspondence

Sadly, Brake receives, from time to time, derogatory, offensive and even occasionally threatening, correspondence from individuals, often motivated by their opposition to life-saving road safety measures. This is particularly the case during media campaigns in which we state our support for traffic laws and their enforcement. We reserve the right not to reply to correspondence that we consider malicious or time-wasting in intent and not in any way related to helping us improve our professional standards of operation. We also reserve the right to refer to the police any correspondence we consider offensive or threatening.

Contact us

Our main office switchboard number is 01484 559909, or see below for numbers and emails specific to different enquiries. 

Support following a road death or injury
Brake's helpline offers support to people bereaved or seriously injured by road crashes and their carers: call 0808 8000 401 or email or see our online support literature.

Book onto a Brake event or place an order
Register for our professional seminars and training or place an order in our online shop. If you have any problems email Register for our flagship event Road Safety Week.

Media enquiries
Contact our media team by emailing For urgent out of hours enquiries call 07976 069159.

Corporate partnership

Read about our sponsorship and partnership opportunities, or contact our corporate partnerships team on 01484 559909 or

Volunteering and fundraising
Call Lisa on 01484 683294 or Or read about fundraising opportunities, or donate online.

Get our email bulletins
If you would like to receive information about other opportunities and events please sign up at our preference centre. Educators can sign up for our termly educators' bulletin. Employers and fleet professionals can sign up for our updates for professionals. Support professionals can sign up for our quarterly Sudden bulletin. 

Follow us
Follow Brake on our social media. We’re on TwitterFacebookYouTube, Vimeo and LinkedIn.

Teachers and child care workers
To get involved in Brake's Kids Walk for primary schools, email
To get involved in a Beep Beep! Day for under-eights, email
To get more information about engaging young people in road safety, email

Tell us what you think
To make a comment or provide feedback on our services, use our comment form. If your feedback is about our support services, please use our support feedback form. We are unable to respond to all comments individually, due to our limited resources, so please accept our thanks now. To read our complaints policy and find out how to complain, click here.

Questions, research and student enquiries
We are unable to answer questions about road safety individually or respond to questionnaires or student enquiries due to limited resources. There is a range of information about road safety and our work on our website, and we hope you find this helpful. See our facts and campaign pages.

Postal address: Brake, PO Box 548, Huddersfield HD1 2XZ, United Kingdom
Tel: 01484 559909



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Fundraise for Brake!

Can you help Brake save lives and support bereaved and injured families?

As the COVID-19 pandemic dominates the news and affects everyone’s lives, here at Brake we are still remembering the lives of people who were killed in road crashes and supporting thousands of families who have lost a loved one.

But we need your help. Follow the link below for great ways to pass the time while you're staying safe at home - helping our vital work supporting people affected by road death and serious injury and campaigning for safe and healthy mobility for all.

Fundraise from home

 Get moving for BrakeFundraising IdeasDonate to Brakeschools and families

Want to speak to our friendly team about fundraising? Click here to fill out an enquiry from or call 01484 683294 

Already have something in mind? Register your activities here to receive your FREE fundraising resources

Other ways to get involved:

Shop for Brake
Raise money for Brake by simply shopping online from the comfort of your own home!

Zak the Zebra, Brake's charity mascot
Why not invite our zebra, Zak, to your event?  He loves nothing more than visiting communities and helping raise road safety awareness.

Become a Brake Tubber!
Fancy raising awareness for road safety and fundraising to help save lives, all whilst gaining skills, having fun and improving your CV? Why not become a Tubber for Brake? A Tubber is a Collection Tub Coordinator, placing Brake collection tubs in various locations, such as pubs, shops and local businesses.