Thornbury and Yate MP wins national road safety award

Thursday 24th May 2018
Luke Hall, MP for Thornbury and Yate, has today been honoured with a parliamentarian road safety award by Brake, the road safety charity, and Direct Line Group.
The award recognises Luke’s tireless efforts to improve road safety in his constituency. Luke has been campaigning on numerous important road safety issues in recent months, including: tackling dangerous speeding on Broad Lane; lobbying for vital road maintenance work in Sundridge Park [1]; and calling on the Council to improve the safety of Crossways Lane in Thornbury [2].
Luke’s campaigning on the issue of speeding follows concerns raised to him by residents of Broad Lane, in North Yate. There is significant alarm about the excessive speed drivers were travelling along Broad Lane [3] particularly from those with young children, who are among the most vulnerable road users.
As part of his campaign for safer speeds in his constituency, Luke has secured additional speed monitoring by the police and has engaged the Council to alert local authority staff, working near the site, about safe driving behaviours. Luke has also been active in community engagement on the issue, promoting and organising the use of speed awareness bin stickers available to residents, which are aimed at reminding drivers to watch their speed.
Brake applauds such local engagement but wants to see this supported by action at a national level and is calling for a reduction in the national default speed limit to deliver slower, safer roads.  In urban areas where families live, and children play, default speed limits are currently set at 30mph, however 20mph is recognised as a much safer speed. At 30mph, stopping distances can be twice those at 20mph. Brake has long called for safer speed limits through its Pace for People campaign [4] and believes now is the time for action to make our communities safer.
Joshua Harris, Director of Campaigns for Brake, the road safety charity, said:
“Luke’s commitment to road safety in his constituency is fantastic to see and Brake is delighted to recognise his important work with this award. His campaign to tackle speeding should be especially highlighted; almost a quarter of fatal crashes on our roads in 2016 were caused by a speeding driver [5].”
“Driving over the speed limit is selfish, dangerous and puts lives at risk. Brake is calling for a reduction of the national default 30mph limit in urban areas to 20mph and for greater investment in roads policing to act as a true deterrent to dangerous driving. Slower speeds save lives and help make our streets more liveable environments.”
Accepting his award, Luke Hall MP said:
“I am really humbled to have received the award, and I was pleased to see the work both myself, and my local teams have been undertaking on this important issue being acknowledged in this way. Working alongside the police, communities, neighbours and council’s we can make a real difference towards reducing the number of horrific crashes that result from chancing the speed limits, especially near our schools.”
Gus Park, Managing Director of Motor Insurance at Direct Line Group, said:
"We are delighted that MP Luke Hall has been recognised for his road safety campaigning. The awards reflect the fact that advances in road safety are often achieved with hard work, local campaigning, road by road, hotspot by hotspot. We are particularly pleased that Luke has highlighted the importance of road maintenance and safe crossings."
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Notes to Editors:
[4] Brake’s Pace for People campaign -
[5] Reported Road Casualties Great Britain: Annual Report 2016, Department for Transport, 2017, table RAS50008
About Brake
Brake is a national road safety and sustainable transport 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.
About Direct Line
Started in 1985, Direct Line became the first UK insurance company to use the telephone as its main channel of communication. It provides motor, home, travel and pet insurance cover direct to customers by phone or online.
Direct Line general insurance policies are underwritten by UK Insurance Limited, Registered office: The Wharf, Neville Street, Leeds LS1 4AZ. Registered in England No 1179980. UK Insurance Limited is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.
Direct Line and UK Insurance limited are both part of Direct Line Insurance Group plc. Customers can find out more about Direct Line products or get a quote by calling 0845 246 3761 or visiting

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