Better justice for road crime victims: Brake supports launch of MP’s manifesto for change

Friday 20 March 2015

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

Brake, the road safety charity, has lent its support to a manifesto on criminal driving, launched at the Houses of Parliament this week by Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland [1]. Read the manifesto here.

The manifesto highlights serious problems with how the justice system deals with cases of criminal driving, and makes a number of recommendations for urgently-needed change, to deliver better justice for victims and their families. It has been developed by Greg Mulholland in partnership with Brake, other campaigning organisations, bereaved families, and a cross-party group of MPs and peers.

Brake is optimistic that the manifesto will influence and add momentum to a review of all driving charges and penalties currently being undertaken by the Ministry of Justice.

Ed Morrow, campaigns officer for Brake, the road safety charity, said: “Greg has been a fantastic champion for reform of criminal driving charges and penalties, and for better justice for victims and their families. We are proud to support the launch of this manifesto, which echoes many of the calls of Brake’s crackdown campaign.

“Through the support Brake offers to bereaved and injured road crash victims, we see every day the devastating impact these crimes have. Many are left feeling betrayed by the failings of the justice system, due to inappropriate charges and lenient sentences. We are hopeful that this manifesto will help provide the impetus for meaningful and long-lasting change, moving us towards a justice system, and a society, that takes road crimes seriously and helps prevent more tragedies in the future.”

Brake campaigns for tougher penalties and stronger traffic enforcement through its crackdown campaign. Tweet us: @Brakecharity, #crackdown.

Notes for editors

Brake

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

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

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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] For more information on the criminal driving manifesto, contact Mo Saqib, parliamentary researcher to Greg Mulholland MP, at saqibm@parliament.uk or on 0207 219 3833.