Brake’s Parliamentarian of the Year Awards 2006 were presented by road safety minister Stephen Ladyman MP at Brake’s annual reception in the Houses of Parliament, January 2007.
Roger Ramsden, Director of Strategy and Marketing, RBS Insurance and Sarah Fatica, Brake’s general manager present the National Campaigner award to Parliamentarian of the Year 2006, Alistair Carmichael MP
Alistair Carmichael MP received the ‘National Campaigner’ Award 2006 for his work to promote effective road safety measures through the Government’s Road Safety Act. Alistair consistently campaigned for road safety measures that would bring real road safety benefits in debates on the Government’s Road Safety Bill during its passage through the House of Commons. He tabled amendments to the Bill on reducing the urban speed limit, calling for a minimum of three penalty points for speeding, creating an offence of driving with illegal drugs, creating and offence of causing grievous bodily harm by dangerous driving and creating an offence to ensure tougher penalties for hit-and-run drivers. Alistair has also asked oral and written questions in the House of Commons to call for improvements to services for road crash victims and to highlight many road safety issues including the need for tougher penalties for hit-and-run offenders, the need for changes to drink-drive legislation and enforcement, the need for eye tests for drivers and the need for better enforcement of mobile phone laws.
David Burrowes MP received the ‘Community Campaigner’ Award 2006 for his work to raise the issue of road safety within his constituency. David has worked with local students to campaign for drivers to slow down outside schools in Enfield. He has campaigned within his community for improvements to local roads to reduce the number of fatalities. He worked with local residents’ associations to campaign for double yellow lines on road corners. In November 2006 he hosted the Livia Award, recognising the contributions to road safety made by local police forces in commemoration of Livia Galli-Atkinson, a 16-year-old girl killed in 1998 when a driver mounted a pavement in Enfield. David is currently involved in meeting with local councillors and other partners to discuss introducing the road safety initiative ‘Safe Drive Stay Alive’.