Dunfermline and West Fife MP wins national road safety award

13 January 2016 

news@brake.org.uk

 

Douglas Chapman, MP for Dunfermline and West Fife, has been given the accolade of Parliamentarian of the Month for November, by the road safety charity Brake and Direct Line Group. The award recognises Douglas’ tireless road safety work in the community he represents, including campaigning for vital road crossing improvements in his constituency.

One of the community projects which Mr Chapman backed was to build a safe crossing to connect Hilton Garden City with Camdean. Residents were forced to cross a busy road, with many believing that this was far too dangerous. With the support of Mr Chapman, the council were able to ensure than planning permission was secured for a new footbridge.

Other successful projects that Douglas Chapman has been involved in include crossing improvements in Duloch and a campaign to improve access and safe crossing to Park Road primary school, to ensure that all children and families can get to and from their school safely. 

Mike Carr, Public affairs advisor, for Brake, said: “Douglas leads a dedicated campaigning team and he makes time to keep constituents fully informed. When it comes to preventing road related death and serious injury he has impressed Brake by leaving no stone unturned. His office support deserves a special mention – given the miles between his constituency and Westminster. I feel he has excelled during Road Safety Week in particular and the benefits will extend into the distant future”.

Accepting his award, Douglas Chapman, MP for Dunfermline and West Fife, said: "Road Safety Week in November was a great chance to promote the work of Brake and I am honoured to be recognised as their Parliamentarian of the Month.  My team here in West Fife have responded to constituent's road safety concerns and these issues have been taken up with our local council or the appropriate transport organisation to make our streets safer.

"The charity does crucial work to support families and individuals who have gone through the trauma of road death or serious injury but we should be constantly looking for ways to prevent road accidents rather than having to deal with the aftermath. I will continue working to improve road safety across the constituency and encourage constituents and communities to highlight any road safety concerns they may have so I can help."

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Notes to Editors:

About Brake

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

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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.

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