News from Brake
18 July 2017
Ireland's Transport Minister, Shane Ross, has announced proposals to bring forward legislation to publicly list the names of people disqualified from driving after being convicted of drink driving. Reacting to the proposals, Jason Wakeford, spokesman for road safety charity Brake, said: "Despite decades of campaigning, one in eight road deaths still involves a driver over the limit. Drunk drivers pose a serious threat and any initiative that could make someone think twice before drink driving should be given proper consideration. However, greater investment in road traffic policing and greater penalties for those breaking the law are also crucial."
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 campaigns, community 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.
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.