Castle Point MP wins national road safety award

News from Brake

16 February 2017

Rebecca Harris, MP for Castle Point, has been named as Parliamentarian of the Month for January, by the road safety charity Brake and Direct Line Group. The award recognises Rebecca’s road safety work in the community she represents and the continued support of road safety campaigns, such as Brake’s Roads to Justice and Road Safety Week.

Rebecca’s work on road safety has particularly focused on raising awareness on drivers getting their eyes tested regularly. This follows the story of her constituent Reverend Brenda Gutberlet who lost her niece to a driver who shouldn’t have been driving. Despite the driver being told by medical professionals his eyesight wasn’t good enough to be on the road, he continued to drive and ran down Natalie Wade whilst she was on a pedestrian crossing.

Alongside this, the Castle Point MP has also signed the PACTS & Direct Line pledge to improve road safety on UK roads and is a key supporter of Road Safety Week, which Brake co-ordinates.

Brake is campaigning for better justice for both the victims of road crashes and the families of those killed by criminal driving. Tweet us: @Brakecharity, #roadstojustice

Gary Rae, campaigns director, for Brake, said: “Rebecca fully deserves this recognition for her continued hard work in aiming to improve road safety on the United Kingdom’s roads. Not only has she sought to end the injustices that we see through ineffective sentencing following criminal driving, but she has long campaigned to end road deaths due to visual impairment. We are pleased to give this award to yet another dedicated and passionate road safety campaigner.

Accepting her award, Rebecca Harris, MP for Castle Point, said: “I am honoured to be Brake’s Parliamentarian of the month and I would like to share this honour with my constituent Reverend Brenda Gutberlet who is the inspiration for my efforts. I am a big supporter of Brake’s work and I firmly believe that every week should be Road Safety Week.

“Brenda has been tirelessly trying to raise awareness about the need for drivers to get their eyes tested regularly and encourage the Government to take action to tackle the problem of poor eyesight on our roads which causes many needless casualties per year. There is still some way to go but I will continue to campaign on this and other road safety issues!”


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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