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Brake calls on schools, communities and organisations to register now for Road Safety Week – and get free resources

10 April 2015

Brake, the road safety charity

Schools, community groups, employers and professionals are being urged to get involved in Road Safety Week 2015 (23-29 November), the UKs biggest road safety event, which involves thousands of schools each year. The charity Brake, which coordinates the event, is encouraging educators, professionals and community leaders to go to to get ideas on teaching and promoting road safety during the Week, andregister for a free e-action pack.

Road Safety Week is now in its 19th year and coordinated with the support of headline sponsor Specsavers and the Department for Transport. Itsa great opportunity for groups and individuals to team up and take action on road safety, and run activities to raise awareness and prevent needless casualties.

Everyone can access free electronic resources and guidance to help them get involved.Go to for ideas and to register to get a free e-action pack (emailed out from September). This includes downloadable posters to display during the Week and advice and case studies of what other schools have done in previous years.

Announced this week, the Road Safety Week 2015 theme isdrive less, live more.Educators can link activities to this theme or any road safety topic.Brake will be encouraging families to consider how they use roads, and if they can ditch some vehicle mileage, and instead walk, cycle or use public transport as much as possible. Educators can engage pupils in exploring the benefits of sustainable and active travel and opportunities for their family to get around this way.They can: run a travel survey; map safe active travel routes in the area, promote active travel to students and parents through a display or web page; run lessons and assemblies that explore sustainable and active travel benefits.Read more.

Road crashes are the biggest cause of death among young people [1], and there is increasing acknowledgement of the threat traffic pollution and sedentary lifestyles pose to children and families. So raising awareness of road safety and creating safe spaces for sustainable and active travel is vital. Its an engaging topic, with plenty of scope for creative and interactive learning, while also meeting curriculum goals. Road Safety Week is also an opportunity for schools to promote wider action in the community to protect local children and families.Read more examples of how educators got involved in 2014.

Julie Townsend, Brake deputy chief executive, says:Road safety isn’t just about safe driving and using the green cross code. It’s about making our streets safe and pleasant for everyone to use freely, and doing what we can to protect ourselves, people around us and the environment. A big part of that is driving less if we can, and this can make a huge difference to families’ health and wellbeing, communities and the planet. That’s why this Road Safety Week, we’re encouraging everyone to consider how they use roads, and if possible ditch some vehicle mileage, and walk, cycle or use public transport instead.

Everyone can help to get this vital message out. Thousands get involved in Road Safety Week every year - see for ideas, and to register for a free action pack to help you take part.

Read our press releases calling on specific groups to get involved:

Schools, colleges and nurseries
Employers and fleets
Emergency services
Road safety professionals
Families and communities

Notes for editors

About Road Safety Week
Road Safety Week is the UKs flagship road safety event, coordinated annually by the charityBrake, and now in its 19th year. In 2015 it will take place 23-29 November, with headline sponsorship from Specsavers and with support from the Department for Transport. Road Safety Week aims to raise awareness about the devastation of road crashes and casualties, and the part we can all play in making our roads and communities safer. It does this by encouraginggrassroots involvement and promoting awareness-raising and educational messages. Each year it involves thousands of communities, schools, organisations and professionals across the UK running a wide range of road safety


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.

About Specsavers

  • Specsavers was founded by Doug and Dame Mary Perkins in 1984 and is now the largest privately owned opticians in the world. The couple still run the company, along with their three children. Their son John is joint managing director
  • Specsavers has more than 1,600 stores throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Australia and New Zealand
  • Total revenue for the Specsavers Group was£
  • More than 20 million customers used Specsavers globally in 2011/2012. As of end March 2012, Specsavers had 16,138,076 customers in the UK and 928,582 customers in the Republic of Ireland
  • Specsavers optical stores and hearing centres are owned and run by joint venture or franchise partners. Together, they offer both optical and hearing services under one roof.
  • Specsavers employs more than 30,000 staff
  • Specsavers was voted Britains most trusted brand of opticians for the eleventh year running by the Readers Digest Trusted Brands survey 2012
  • More than one in three people who wear glasses in the UK buy them from Specsavers - 10,800,000 glasses were exported from the warehouse to stores in 2011
  • Specsavers was ranked No 1 for both eye tests and glasses in the UK
  • Specsavers sold more than 290 million contact lenses globally in 2011/12 and has more than a million customers on direct debit schemes. Specsavers' own contact lens brand - easyvision - is the most known on the high street
  • The hearcare business in the UK has established itself as the number one high streetprovider of adult audiologyservices to the NHS
  • Specsavers supports several UK charities including Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Sound Seekers, the road safety charity Brake, the anti-bullying charity Kidscape and Vision Aid Overseas, for whom stores have raised enough funds to build a school of optometry in Zambia and open eyecare outreach clinics in much of the country

End notes

[1] Death registrations in England and Wales: Table 2 Deaths by age, sex and underlying cause, 2012 registrations, Office National Statistics, 2013

Communities plagued by traffic

lollipopladyPlagued by speeding traffic? No safe place to cross the road? Inadequate pavements and no cycle paths? Want to help educate local drivers and children about how to use roads more safely? Then do something about it!

Visit our community campaign kit full of tips and advice on running your local campaign. 

Support Brake's national campaigns in government to stop the carnage.

Help Brake and spread the road safety word by fundraising for the charity in your town or village.


Community campaign kit

So, you want to make streets in your area safer for local people, and prevent needless deaths and injuries? This guide to running a community campaign gives you lots of useful advice to get started.

You, your family, and people of all ages in your community have a right to be able to use roads without fear or threat. You can make a big difference by getting together with others and shouting loud and proud about road safety.

Getting improvements for your town or village and helping local people to use roads safely may take time, but it's amazing what can be achieved – and there are lots of examples of communities making big improvements, reducing casualties, and enjoying the benefits of safer streets.

The information and advice given in these pages will help to give your campaign the best possible chance of success.

Setting up a road safety group

Online campaigning

Organising a petition

Holding a demonstration

Getting in the media

Road safety events

Lower speed limits and safer road design

The Brake mascot - Zak the Zebra

If you want to campaign for 20mph in your community, please get in touch with for tools and advice.

Stephanie_DaviesThis page is dedicated to the memory of Stephanie Davies, 35, lollipop lady and mother of two, who was knocked down and killed by a bus while on duty outside Seedley Primary School in Liverpool Street, Salford.

Stephanie left behind her husband Martin, five year old daughter Anna, and son Adam.







Community leaders

The Car Buying Service are proud to sponsor this page. 

If you run a local club or are a community or faith leader then you are at the heart of your community, and will be very aware of any road safety problems or concerns in your locality.

You're also in a great position to harness community spirit and make a difference, by leading campaigns for road safety measures and encouraging local drivers to drive slowly and safely to protect people on foot and bike.

There are lots of ways you can work with Brake and make use of our events and resources to take action on road safety and make a difference:

Visit our community campaign kit for guidance on running a road safety campaign, calling for measures like lower speed limits, safe pavements, paths and crossings.

Take part in Road Safety Week, an ideal time to launch a campaign or run awareness-raising activities to improve road safety. Register here and get a free email action pack to help you.

Encourage and help local schools, nurseries and colleges to take part in our educational and awareness-raising events: Beep Beep! Day for nurseries, Brake's Giant Walk for primary schools and our engaging young people training for secondary and colleges educators.

Run a fundraiser for Brake, which can also help to rally support for road safety and raise awareness. Check out our fun fundraising ideas.

As well as taking action for road safety locally, you can make a difference by backing Brake's national campaigns to improve road safety and levels of support for suddenly bereaved people, or joining us as a Friend of Brake

This page is kindly sponsored by


Cycling around your community

cycle4life_12If you live on or near a busy road, cycling around your community can be difficult and dangerous. Cars now dominate many of our streets, making them unsafe places for pedestrians and cyclists.

Pockets of communities around the UK have worked to create cycling-friendly environments where it is possible for children and adults to cycle to their friends’ houses in safety, or pop round to the corner shop. ‘Home Zones’ have been built with very low speed limits, wide pavements, chicanes, trees and plant pots, road signs, and other design measures that show drivers this is a ‘community space’ and not a ‘through road’. In some rural areas ‘Quiet Lanes’ have been designated, which aim to give priority to walkers, cyclists and also to horse riders.

In 2000, the Transport Act gave local authorities in England the power to designate Home Zones in residential areas and ‘Quiet Lanes’ in rural areas. On these roads the whole space is available for a range of different uses, not just traffic. [i]

Case study: The Methley’s neighbourhood in Leeds was one of the first Home Zones in the UK. Following consultation with residents, Leeds City Council installed traffic calming measures, including a village green area. In a recent opinion poll, 92% of residents who voted said they liked the changes.

Useful links: for more information on Home Zones.
Department for Transport Guidance for Local Authorities on Setting Speed Limits (circular 1/06) includes guidance on Home Zones, Quiet Lanes and 20mph limits in communities. Useful for quoting when talking to your local authority.
Brake’s ‘concerned community’ web pages to help you campaign for safer streets in your community.

Cycling to main facilities >>

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[i] Department for Transport Circular, 02/2006: The Quite Lanes and Home Zones (England) Regulations 2006

Cycling to main facilities

cycle4life_9Do you automatically reach for the car keys every time you need to pop to the shops? Do you always drive to the swimming pool or sports centre? How about visiting friends, going to the pub or cinema or evening classes? If these destinations are within a couple of miles of your home, then leave the car keys behind and hop on your bike, or walk if it isn’t safe to cycle.

Over one fifth of all car journeys today are less than 2 miles. Many of us could cover this distance in less than 15 minutes on a bike, and help reduce traffic volumes and pollution while getting fitter and saving on car park fees.[i] Here are our three top tips to help you overcome barriers to cycling that you might feel are a problem for you, such as the need to carry shopping or children:

  1. Adapt your bike - There are all sorts of add-ons for bikes to enable you to carry stuff and kids. Panniers, trailers, tag-alongs, baskets, racks.
  2. Plan your route - Car drivers choose the fastest, most direct routes to reach their destination. On a bike, there might be a safer route that you don’t know about: if in doubt, talk to your local authority’s road safety unit or cycling officer.
  3. Think through your trip - What are you going to buy and do you have the space to carry it on your bike? Where are you going to park your bike and will it be secure?

Useful links:
London Cycling Campaign tips on carrying loads and cycling with children and preventing theft of your bike.
Cycle4Life page listing route planners
Cycle4Life page on campaigning for safer facilities for cyclists

Travelling by bike and public transport >>

<< Cycling around your community

<< Back to every day cycling

<< Cycle for life home page


[i] Department for Transport: A Sustainable Future for Cycling (pdf)

Fleet managers and employers

The Workplace Depot is pleased to support Brake. Visit our site >

One in four road casualties involves a vehicle driven for work. If your organisation employs people who drive (whether commercial vehicles, company cars, or employees' own vehicles), Brake can help you manage road risk, reduce costs, protect your reputation, and promote community road safety.

Brake’s division for professionals, Brake Professional, provides a range of low-cost services on key road risk management topics, ranging from driver impairment to telematics.

Events: Brake offers a full calendar of professional development conferences, seminars and webinars, master-classes and on-site driver training.  

Awards: Brake’s prestigious Fleet Safety Awards take place annually and award road risk management best practice.

Resources: Brake Professional provides in-depth road risk management guidance reports and case studies, an online road safety research library, driver awareness tools such as online activities and posters, and a fortnightly road safety e-news.

Community engagement: Take part in community road safety events organised by Brake such as Road Safety Week.

Working with Brake gives you the opportunity to network with hundreds of other reputable organisations committed to road safety, from global blue chips to local authorities and SMEs. So get involved today.

Go to our Brake Professional site now to find out about more. Our events and awards are open to members and non-members of Brake. Joining the charity gives you access to our valuable resources.

Want to do more to support and work with Brake? Show your commitment to road safety and help fund the charity by becoming one of our much-valued corporate partners.

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Partnership Opportunities

There are a variety of ways in which your organisation can work with Brake to raise awareness about road safety in your community, secure brand exposure, market your products to fleet professionals, engage your drivers on the importance of road safety and provide volunteering opportunities for staff. For more information about the benefits available to corporate partners contact the corporate fundraising team on or 01484 559909.

Follow the links below to read about Brake's recent activities with corporate partners:

Spring 2013

Summer 2012, Autumn 2012, Road Safety Week 2012, Winter 2012/13

Listed below are some of the ways in which you can work with Brake to raise awareness about road safety.

Support with PR and marketing campaigns:


Why not work with Brake on a PR campaign designed to raise awareness about a specific aspect of road safety. The charity can provide a quote for your press release, a spokesperson for media interviews, and may also be able to involve one Brake's inspirational volunteers who has been affected by the issues involved. Read about Brake's partnership with Ultralase securing 18 radio interviews and coverage on BBC Breakfast to raise awareness about the vital importance of ensuring drivers have regular eye checks.


Pictured above; Brake's deputy chief executive being interviewed by BBC Breakfast during national Road Safety Week 2012.

Support embedding fleet safety policies and engaging drivers on the importance of road safety:

Want to learn how saved £1.5m a year by investing in driver training? Or how 3M embedded a distraction free culture within their vehicles without any loss of revenue? Brake can provide your organisation with access to conferences, awards, seminars and webinars which will share best practice from across the fleet industry.

The charity can also work with you to engage your drivers on road safety by writing articles for your internal newsletters and intranet sites, providing interactive resources and ideas for road safety activities and providing training on engaging drivers on the importance of driving safely. Read about Brake's partnership with Carey Worldwide Chauffered Services engaging drivers on road safety through Brake's Pledge.

Support coordinating a road safety initiative in your local community:


There are a number of ways that Brake can work with your organisation to develop a community project designed to raise awareness about road safety and help reduce the appalling number of people killed and seriously injured in road crashes every year. For example, the charity can provide training to help your staff engage with young people on the importance of driving safely, provide links to schools who would be interested in working in partnership with your organisation, and promote your work through social media channels and the charity's campaigns bulletin. 


Pictured above; Ed Miliband attends a community road safety event organised by Brake and Jet.

Read about Brake's partnership with Autoglassengaging children on the importance of dressing brightly on dark evenings.

Support with marketing your product to fleet professional


Brake has a variety of opportunities for your organisation to market your products and services to the 1,500+ fleet professionals who subscribe to the Fleet Safety Forum. Brake is currently seeking sponsors for webinars, seminars and conferences which share best fleet safety practice across the industry. There are also a variety of ways in which your organisation can get involved in our conference and awards.

Pictured above; Martin 'Nobby' Clarke, driver development manager at Balfour Beatty Fleet Services, picks up Brake's lifetime achievement award in June 2012.

Richard Spring MP won Parliamentarian of the Year 2009 - Community Campaigner

community2009Brake and Direct Line Insurance have awarded Richard Spring, MP for Suffolk West, ‘Parliamentarian of the Year – Community Campaigner’ for his determination to improve safety on the most dangerous road in his region.

The A11, which leads into Norfolk, has claimed many lives over the years and Richard has been campaigning to secure funding for safety improvements to the road. Plans were made to resolve the problems by dualling it, identified as a priority ten years ago, but little progress had been made before the start of 2009.

Richard has been involved in the campaign from the start. He has rallied support from local counsellors, constituents and parliamentary colleagues from Norfolk, who have put aside party differences to devise ways of getting the issue prioritised. He has raised awareness of the issue by taking his campaign to the press and found numerous ways to put pressure on local and Government decision makers.

Along with Christopher Fraser MP and Councillor Daniel Cox, Richard presented a petition containing 15,000 local signatures to then Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon MP before formally meeting him to discuss the issue further.

Following his meeting, Richard managed to secure funding for the dualling of the A11, a timetable was agreed and work should begin in 2010, with improvements in place by 2012-2013.

Brake applauds Richard’s commitment to road safety and his determination to see the campaign through to the end for the benefit of his constituents and everyone using the A11. The awards were presented at Brake’s annual reception at the Houses of Parliament on the evening of Tuesday 19 January 2010.

Cathy Keeler, deputy chief executive of Brake, said: “We are delighted to see that safety improvements are finally due to begin on the A11. Richard has shown real determination in rallying support and fighting for road safety on behalf of his constituents. Brake congratulates Richard on his success and is happy to recognise his efforts by awarding him ‘Parliamentarian of the Year – Community Campaigner’.”

Richard Spring MP said: “I was surprised and deeply touched that Brake felt that I deserved an award. Road safety is not a glamorous issue and neither is it a party political issue, and as such I would like to thank Charles Clarke MP who has been of great help in the attempts over many years to make such a dangerous stretch of road as the A11, safe. These sorts of campaigns can take years, and this one has not finished yet as work is yet to be started. A great deal more dogged determination may be required, from a great many more people, before lives stop being lost.”

Steve Treloar, Managing Director of Motor at Direct Line Insurance said: “As the UK’s number one direct car insurer we have a very real interest in ensuring that road safety issues remain part of the public and political agenda and real action is taken at a local and national level to avoid the tragedies that are still too common on our roads. We are proud to sponsor these awards and would like to congratulate Richard who has tirelessly campaigned to make a difference.”

Members of the public can nominate their MP for a Brake award by emailing They can also visit the Brake website ( to find out about how to support Brake’s work with families that have been affected by a road crash by helping to raise vital funds for Brake. You could take part in a parachute jump, organise a coffee morning or take part in a sponsored walk. To find out about these and other fundraising ideas, call Lisa Kendall on 01484 683294 or email

Photos of Richard receiving his award are available from Brake.

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 Direct Line Insurance plc is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Registered office: 3 Edridge Road, Croydon, Surrey CR9 1AG. Registered in England and Wales no. 01810801. The Financial Services Authority’s Register can be accessed through

Road Safety Week 2012 national hands-up survey of children age 7 – 11

 Do you think you would get out more on foot and bicycle if roads in your neighbourhood were safer?

  • National 70% say yes
  • Scotland 65%
  • Northern Ireland 74%
  • Wales 74%
  • London and the South East 78%
  • North East 66%
  • Yorkshire and Humberside 66%
  • North West 60%
  • East Midlands 63%
  • West Midlands 68%
  • South West 68%
  • South 74%
  • East Anglia 67%

Do you think drivers should go slower around your school or home?

  • National 77% say yes
  • Scotland 80%
  • Northern Ireland 79%
  • Wales 77%
  • London and the South East 79%
  • North East 79%
  • Yorkshire and Humberside 66%
  • North West 81%
  • East Midlands 78%
  • West Midlands 75%
  • South West 74%
  • South 74%
  • East Anglia 74%

Have you ever been hit or nearly hit by a vehicle while walking or cycling?

  • National 43% say yes
  • Scotland 45%
  • Northern Ireland 36%
  • Wales 40%
  • London and the South East 46%
  • North East 37%
  • Yorkshire and Humberside 41%
  • North West 42%
  • East Midlands 37%
  • West Midlands 42%
  • South West 47%
  • South 48%
  • East Anglia 42%

When walking or cycling on roads, do you ever worry about being run over and hurt by traffic?

  • National 54% say yes
  • Scotland 57%
  • Northern Ireland 42%
  • Wales 73%
  • London and the South East 58%
  • North East 61%
  • Yorkshire and Humberside 47%
  • North West 54%
  • East Midlands 62%
  • West Midlands 49%
  • South West 43%
  • South 55%
  • East Anglia 45%

Would you like to walk and cycle more, such as to get to school or to see friends?

  • National 72% say yes
  • Scotland 70%
  • Northern Ireland 74%
  • Wales 74%
  • London and the South East 79%
  • North East 72%
  • Yorkshire and Humberside 66%
  • North West 61%
  • East Midlands 65%
  • West Midlands 70%
  • South West 69%
  • South 76%
  • East Anglia 69%

Would you like there to be more off-road cycle paths in your neighbourhood that you could use to go to the park or shops, to see friends or get to school?

  • National 75% say yes
  • Scotland 76%
  • Northern Ireland 68%
  • Wales 82%
  • London and the South East 81%
  • North East 80%
  • Yorkshire and Humberside 67%
  • North West 66%
  • East Midlands 73%
  • West Midlands 72%
  • South West 66%
  • South 77%
  • East Anglia 73%

Would you like there to be more pavements, footpaths and crossings in your neighbourhood that you could use to go to the park or shops, to see friends or get to school?

  • National 61% say yes
  • Scotland 64%
  • Northern Ireland 62%
  • Wales 70%
  • London and the South East 56%
  • North East 63%
  • Yorkshire and Humberside 66%
  • North West 53%
  • East Midlands 53%
  • West Midlands 62%
  • South West 61%
  • South 60%
  • East Anglia 63%

Do your parents let you walk on local streets without them?

  • National 38% say no
  • Scotland 25%
  • Northern Ireland 46%
  • Wales 40%
  • London and the South East 49%
  • North East 35%
  • Yorkshire and Humberside 35%
  • North West 20%
  • East Midlands 34%
  • West Midlands 41%
  • South West 40%
  • South 44%
  • East Anglia 32%

Do your parents let you cycle on local streets without them?

  • National 47% say no
  • Scotland 40%
  • Northern Ireland 49%
  • Wales 48%
  • London and the South East 64%
  • North East 47%
  • Yorkshire and Humberside 41%
  • North West 27%
  • East Midlands 46%
  • West Midlands 44%
  • South West 45%
  • South 46%
  • East Anglia 43%


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Tessa Munt, MP for Wells, September 2010

tessa_Custom Brake and Direct Line have awarded Tessa Munt, MP for Wells the 'Parliamentarian of the Month' award for her commendable actions on behalf of her constituents to uphold necessary road safety measures.
Tessa has been campaigning with local residents in the village of Chilcompton after the removal of a speed camera outside the primary school on the busy B3139 road. Concerned councillors, parents, residents and teachers had contacted Tessa to express how worried and upset they were after the camera was removed by the County Council without any consultation locally. One young pupil sent a lovely letter to Tessa asking her to 'help us cross the road safely.'
Tessa had also been made aware of other groups in her constituency campaigning for better road safety. Another local constituent from Rooksbridge, Pat Ireland, whose husband Gordon was killed by a speeding motorist, had been campaigning against the removal of speed cameras in her village and had already raised £23,000 to pay for the installation of a speed camera on the road where her husband was killed. Tessa supported Pat's campaign and is no stranger to campaigning in support of road safety measures.
In June 2010 the Government announced total transport funding cuts of 25% by the year 2014 including an immediate cut of 40% in the road safety grant for the current year. This funding is used for road safety engineering measures such as pedestrian crossings and road humps as well as for the installation and maintenance of fixed cameras.
Before the cuts to the road safety grant, there had been three cameras on the stretch of road in Chilcompton. The County Council subsequently removed the camera outside the school. Tessa invited Jeff Bunting, the Mendip Area Traffic Engineer at Somerset County Council to join her and some local residents to observe the busy traffic during the school morning rush hour. Tessa has asked the County Council to justify the camera's removal and for the data which informed this decision. She has also contacted Phillip Hammond, the Secretary of State for Transport and Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government regarding this issue.
Tessa Munt MP for Wells said: ''It simply makes no sense for the Council to remove the camera outside the school where the need is greatest- it's simply wrong. The council has a duty to ensure these children can walk to school safely by providing adequate safety measures. I am putting pressure on Somerset County Council to reverse its decision or provide an alternative and some traffic calming measures. Children are vulnerable road users and we should do all we can to protect them."
Jessica Wigglesworth, Brake's Campaigns assistant said: "Brake would like to congratulate Tessa for her hard work in supporting the constituents in her area to strive for a safer and healthier community. We hope that Tessa will keep up their commendable work in the future."

From June 2011 interim measures were put in place in Chilcompton to help stop speeding near the Village School. Two new ‘wig wag’ signs will also be placed on the approach to St Vigor and St John’s school at the beginning of September 2011. Within two years the villagers will have a zebra crossing near the school and a new signal crossing by the petrol station. This is a fantastic development to a long running campaign!  Well done Tessa!