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Charity urges government to make driver eyesight tests compulsory 21 Aug 14
Local MP wins national road safety award for work to tackle casualties 07 Aug 14
Public urged to speak out to stop the UK’s million drug drivers 05 Aug 14
Brake launches website to support life-saving Road Safety Weeks around the world 30 Jul 14
Drink drive message still not getting through as one in 15 fail breath-tests 25 Jul 14
Brake calls on schools, communities and organisations to run great events as part of Brake's Road Safety Week 25 Jul 14
Brake condemns government decision to increase speed limit for lorries on single carriageways 24 Jul 14
Drivers urged: don't treat country roads like racetracks this summer, as one in three admit driving too fast 24 Jul 14
Brake joins call for cross-border enforcement to save lives on UK roads 18 Jul 14
Students from Conisborough College win national road safety competition 16 Jul 14
Brake supports proposed penalty point increase for risky mobile phone use 16 Jul 14
Government funding renewed as demand for Brake’s support services for devastated road crash victims rises 15 Jul 14
#dontcrosstheline: Brake teams up with top ad agency to spread World Cup don’t drink and drive message 15 Jul 14
Local MP wins national award for campaign to improve cycle safety 10 Jul 14
Make streets safer for cycling to build on Tour de France fever, says charity 03 Jul 14
Vision zero: Brake welcomes road deaths fall but urges action to protect most vulnerable 26 Jun 14
Drivers clueless about dangers of over-the-counter drugs as hayfever season starts 25 Jun 14
High profile local MP proves she's got the energy to win national road safety award 17 Jun 14
Brake welcomes increase in fines for motorway speeding and phone use at the wheel 11 Jun 14
Kids want to get active: thousands march for safer streets 11 Jun 14
Brake honours safety conscious companies at annual Fleet Safety Awards 06 Jun 14
Zak the Zebra gallops into Romford to support schools’ campaign for 20mph limits 06 Jun 14
Brake urges public to stamp out drink driving as police launch summer crackdown 02 Jun 14
Brake welcomes clarified guidance for driving examiners on speed in urban areas 29 May 14
Government figures show ongoing lack of justice following devastating road deaths and injuries 27 May 14
Risky tailgating and speeding rife on UK motorways 22 May 14
Local MP wins national award for campaign for tougher sentences for banned drivers who kill 14 May 14
Brake calls for zero-tolerance on at-work drink- and drug-drivers 14 May 14
Zak the Zebra gallops into Yaxham to support 20mph limits to keep kids safe 09 May 14
Brake welcomes tougher penalties for unlicensed drivers who kill and injure 06 May 14
Brake welcomes revised HSE guidance on work-related road safety 25 Apr 14
Risky hands-free calls at the wheel on the rise, as confusion about dangers persists 22 Apr 14
Charity calls on nurseries: run a Beep Beep! Day this Spring to save little lives 11 Apr 14
Eight in 10 back 20mph limits as charity takes campaign to parliament 02 Apr 14
Time to change: Brake renews call to make the most of daylight hours and help save lives 28 Mar 14
Brake calls on schools, communities and organisations to register now for Road Safety Week – and get free resources 28 Mar 14
Essential guide to road safety for small businesses can help cut costs and save lives 27 Mar 14
High profile local MP wins national award for campaign for 20mph speed limits 26 Mar 14
This isn’t justice: four in five support tougher penalties for killer drivers 21 Mar 14
Local MP wins national award for campaign for tougher penalties for dangerous drivers 06 Mar 14
Brake concerned about suggestion of raising licence renewal age 03 Mar 14
Drivers urged to take time out to enjoy their lunch, as more than six in ten admit eating at the wheel 20 Feb 14
Brake releases new version of acclaimed support pack for bereaved road crash victims 19 Feb 14
Zak the Zebra visits St. Peter’s Primary School to support campaign for safe crossings 14 Feb 14
Clwyd South MP wins national road safety award for tougher sentences for drivers who kill 10 Feb 14
Young people encouraged to enter road safety ad competition to stop a young person dying every day on roads 07 Feb 14
Brake speaks out in support of motorway speed camera roll-out 03 Feb 14
Primary schools urged to march for safer roads for walking to halt four children a day being seriously hurt on foot 28 Jan 14
Brake welcomes fall in Xmas drink driving but renews call for zero tolerance 24 Jan 14
Brake criticises first motorway pub as a dangerous temptation 21 Jan 14
Awards for outstanding contributions to road safety announced at Brake annual reception 15 Jan 14
Male drivers urged to wake up to dangers of tired driving; survey finds half have nodded off at wheel 09 Jan 14
Trafford MP wins national road safety award for safer streets campaign 03 Jan 14
Local MP wins national road safety award for campaign to tackle young driver crashes 17 Dec 13
Brake calls on fleets to ensure mechanics are trained and qualified 16 Dec 13
Brake welcomes move to ensure bereaved road crime victims are referred to specialist support 10 Dec 13
Christmas party-goers urged to help save lives by standing up to ‘designated drivers’ who drink, as survey shows we’re still too timid 10 Dec 13
Charity appeals to Scotland’s drivers: not a drop, not a drag this Xmas, as police crackdown starts 06 Dec 13
Local MP wins national road safety award for campaigning alongside bereaved family 04 Dec 13
Charity appeals to drivers: not a drop, not a drag this festive season, as police crackdown starts 29 Nov 13
Brake urges at-work drivers to stay safe in bad weather 27 Nov 13
Campaign appeals to drivers to tune in to road safety and turn off their phones 18 Nov 13
Local MP wins national road safety award for drug driving bill 07 Nov 13
Charity challenges young people to get creative to help prevent road deaths and injuries 01 Nov 13
Brake welcomes 20mph enforcement guidance 14 Oct 13
Government-commissioned report calls for overhaul to driving test to tackle young driver crashes 10 Oct 13
Charity appeals: pledge to drive safely and legally, as two thirds admit breaking traffic laws 09 Oct 13
Local MP wins national road safety award for anti-drink drive campaign 07 Oct 13
Charity calls for urgent government action to stem huge rise in drink drive deaths 26 Sep 13
Some drivers need a lesson in road safety as kids go back to school 02 Sep 13
Parents urged to wise up on child seats as part of national Beep Beep! Day campaign to save little lives 20 Aug 13
Brake warns risky law-breaking by drivers won’t be tolerated, as new fixed penalty fines come into force 16 Aug 13
Campaign calls on drivers to sharpen up, as survey reveals many fail to get sight tested 06 Aug 13
Brake delighted by donation from Road Safety Minister 29 Jul 13
Charity calls on public to help stamp out drink driving during summer heatwave 26 Jul 13
Half of drivers ignore basic advice to prevent deadly tiredness at the wheel 25 Jul 13
Cheshire Fire Service Cadets win national road safety award 18 Jul 13
Local MP wins national award for pedestrian crossing campaigns 11 Jul 13
Brake praises government’s zero-tolerance drug drive limit proposals 09 Jul 13
Traffic police cuts could mean deadly, drunk and drugged drivers get away with it, says charity 09 Jul 13
15 year old girl’s 13,000 strong petition to end horror of drink driving handed to Downing Street 03 Jul 13
Brake publishes guidance on sustainable travel plans for employers 02 Jul 13
Charity calls for safer streets for cycling as Tour de France kicks off 28 Jun 13
Charity strongly welcomes reduction in road deaths and injuries, but appeals for further action to protect most vulnerable 27 Jun 13
Families and community groups urged to register and start planning for Road Safety Week 2013 26 Jun 13
Educators urged to register and start planning for Road Safety Week 2013 26 Jun 13
Brake shares latest fleet safety research and celebrates achievements at the Fleet Safety Conference and Awards 14 Jun 13
Kids march in their thousands calling for safer streets 12 Jun 13
Charity welcomes fixed penalty for careless driving, but calls for higher fines 05 Jun 13
Charity warns one drink is too many if you’re driving, as summer drink drive crackdown launched 31 May 13
Drivers young and old back plans for minimum learner period to tackle crashes 22 May 13
Cyclist embarks on national fundraising tour to promote road safety 17 May 13
Nuneaton MP wins national road safety award for campaign to improve junction 07 May 13
Schools say let’s ‘GO 20’ for safer streets for kids at start of UN Global Road Safety Week 07 May 13
MPs recommend 20mph becomes the norm in towns to encourage cycling – Brake reaction 24 Apr 13
Male drivers more likely to risk lives by overtaking blind and speeding on rural roads 08 Apr 13
Cambridge MP wins national road safety award for 20mph campaign 04 Apr 13
Make streets safer for cycling to deliver Olympic legacy, say national campaigners 27 Mar 13
Look out for your mates by speaking out on deadly drink driving this St Pat’s Day, says charity 15 Mar 13
Enfield Southgate MP wins national road safety award for tougher sentences campaign 14 Mar 13
Expert panel on drug driving reports - Brake calls for zero tolerance 08 Mar 13
Brake welcomes ‘crossrail for cyclists’ as London leads the way on safe cycling 08 Mar 13
Zak the Zebra visits Dore Primary School to call on local drivers to ‘GO 20’ to protect kids 27 Feb 13
Petition handed to PM on drug driving by bereaved family 22 Feb 13
Dennis the Menace backs safe cycling for kids through free resources 21 Feb 13
Deadly drivers beware: boost for Justice for Jamie campaign 20 Feb 13
Brake strongly welcomes move to scrap 80mph plans 18 Feb 13
Zak the Zebra gallops into Flixton to rally support for local GO 20 campaign 15 Feb 13
Professionals encouraged to refer road crash victims to acclaimed ‘I’ve been there’ service 13 Feb 13
South West Norfolk MP wins national road safety award for campaign to prevent crashes on A47 13 Feb 13
Primary schools urged to march for safer roads to stop five children a day being seriously hurt or killed on foot 07 Feb 13
Brake welcomes Welsh Assembly's move to encourage more 20mph limits 06 Feb 13
Brake applauds government move to encourage more 20mph limits 21 Jan 13
Brake reaction: 7,123 caught drink driving over xmas and new year 18 Jan 13
Norwich students win national road safety award 18 Jan 13
Bereaved family campaigning on drug driving receive national charity award 17 Jan 13
Bereaved dad recognised for dedication to saving young lives on roads 17 Jan 13
Greg Mulholland MP and Steve Barclay MP named Road Safety Parliamentarians of the Year 17 Jan 13
Bereaved students win national charity award for fundraising success 17 Jan 13
Charity urges: avoid driving in deadly conditions, as ice and snow hit 10 Jan 13
Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch MSP wins road safety award for campaign to improve level crossings and A830 10 Jan 13
At work drivers taking deadly risks on roads 03 Jan 13
Mum bereaved at Christmas speaks out as drivers found unprepared for winter weather dangers 20 Dec 12
Brentford and Isleworth MP wins national award for campaign on dangerous road 13 Dec 12
Bereaved family urges drivers to pledge ‘not a drop, not a drag’, as police launch drink and drug driving crackdown 30 Nov 12
Brake welcomes push for more walking and cycling, but calls for action to reduce risk 28 Nov 12
Advertising campaign calls on drivers to GO 20 to make London streets people-friendly 22 Nov 12
GO 20 campaign calls for a 2012 legacy of safe walking and cycling in Road Safety Week 19 Nov 12
Brake reaction: thousands of casualties caused by poor driver vision 02 Nov 12
Charity appeals for action to prevent pedestrian and cyclist casualties as clocks go back 26 Oct 12
Brake reaction: government responds to Transport Select Committee inquiry on road safety 26 Oct 12
Burton MP wins national road safety award for campaign to improve safety on the A38 25 Oct 12
Brake calls for action to tackle rising cost paid by society for devastating road casualties 27 Sep 12
Brake applauds Liberal Democrat call for 20mph limits 25 Sep 12
Drivers demand tougher justice for traffic offenders 20 Sep 12
Brake enthusiastically welcomes reported halt to 80mph plans 17 Sep 12
Brake calls for zero tolerance drink drive limit in Scotland 06 Sep 12
Brake urges everyone to get involved with Road Safety Week 30 Aug 12
Stirling MP wins national award for campaign on foreign driver crashes 23 Aug 12
Drivers urged to check up and belt up this bank holiday 23 Aug 12
Charity calls for urgent action as drink drive deaths increase by 12% 20 Aug 12
Brake speaks out in support of 20mph limits for safer walking and cycling 17 Aug 12
National charity backs Wiggins’ appeal for safer cycling, and calls for safety measures to enable active lifestyles 02 Aug 12
Charity calls for action on drink driving as results of summer crackdown released 31 Jul 12
MP wins national award for campaign to get killer drivers off the road 20 Jul 12
Safer roads needed to nurture future Olympic cyclists 19 Jul 12
MPs say rise in road deaths should be a wake-up call for government – Brake response 18 Jul 12
Government guidance on setting local speed limits – Brake response 13 Jul 12
Brake calls for urgently-needed support for suffering road crash victims 04 Jul 12
Charity calls for urgent government action as report shows increase in road deaths and serious injuries 28 Jun 12
Thousands of school children on UK-wide march calling for safer roads for kids 20 Jun 12
Croydon MP wins national road safety award for drug driving campaign 15 Jun 12
Brake recognises life-saving achievements at Fleet Safety Forum Awards 15 Jun 12
Appeal to male drivers: pledge to not drink and drive this summer – not a drop – as drink drive crackdown launched 01 Jun 12
Brake appeals to drivers to slow down for kids this half term 30 May 12
Brake response: graduated driver licensing announcement in Northern Ireland 29 May 12
Brake welcomes lower drink drive limit in Scotland 28 May 12
Coalition of charities launch fight-back against costly and dangerous 80mph limits 18 May 12
MP wins national award for speed camera campaign 17 May 12
Brake welcomes drug driving announcement 08 May 12
Commuters call for safer streets for cycling, to enable more to get on their bikes 02 May 12
Breath tests down: Brake reaction 19 Apr 12
Bereaved family back Beep Beep! initiative for safer roads for kids as survey reveals parents’ fears from fast traffic 18 Apr 12
Local MP wins award for campaign to lower speed limit on Crooked Mile 13 Apr 12
The message isn’t getting through: nearly half of drivers risk lives for a phone call 29 Mar 12
Charity renews calls for clocks to be changed year-round to make roads and communities safer 23 Mar 12
Government to trial 80mph limits on motorways: Brake reaction 19 Mar 12
Nicky Morgan MP wins national road safety award for school transport campaign 09 Mar 12
Drivers regularly risking lives by tailgating on motorways 01 Mar 12
Fleets share best practice on cyclist safety at Fleet Safety Forum annual conference 29 Feb 12
Brake responds to report on the risk of driving on cannabis 10 Feb 12
Karl McCartney MP wins road safety award for campaign to tackle uninsured driving 06 Feb 12
Brake and police join forces to tackle 'blind spot' cyclist casualties in West Yorkshire 03 Feb 12
Brake applauds announcement that annual MOT tests are here to stay 01 Feb 12
Brake welcomes plans for £50m boost to support violent crime victims, including those bereaved on roads 31 Jan 12
Huge roads policing cuts put public at risk, warns charity 23 Jan 12
Brake praises police efforts in tackling drink and drug driving 20 Jan 12
Karl Turner MP and Mark Spencer MP named Road Safety Parliamentarians of the Year 13 Jan 12
Sign up to march for road safety in the Giant Walking Bus 06 Jan 12
Early-years and KS1 teachers urged to take part in life-saving road safety event 06 Jan 12
Meg Munn MP wins road safety award for campaign on driver eyesight 05 Jan 12
Government must act now to tackle horrifying levels of drug driving among young people 04 Jan 12
Drivers to face increased bills of more than £50 a year if annual MOTs scrapped 29 Dec 11
Appeal to young people: zero tolerance on drink driving over festive period 15 Dec 11
Stephen Phillips MP receives road safety award for speed limit campaign 14 Dec 11
Motorway lessons for learner drivers – Brake reaction 08 Dec 11
Brake welcomes Christmas crackdown on drink and drug driving 01 Dec 11
Bereaved young people call for action on life-shattering young driver crashes at launch of Road Safety Week 22 Nov 11
Brake speaks out following M5 crash 07 Nov 11
MP wins road safety award for his campaign for justice for serious injury victims 31 Oct 11
Charity urges government to change the clocks for good, and calls for driver vigilance 27 Oct 11
Brake backs PRO-MOTE campaign to defend annual MOTs 26 Oct 11
Zak the Zebra digs in his hooves for safer roads in Ponteland 19 Oct 11
Charity calls for reform to get law-breaking drivers off our roads - 10,000 drivers with 12 points are still driving 19 Oct 11
Zak the Zebra gallops into Ely to demand safer roads for kids 10 Oct 11
Brake welcomes new offence of causing serious injury by dangerous driving 07 Oct 11
Parents want restrictions on young drivers’ licences to curb deadly risk taking 05 Oct 11
Motorway speed limit increase proposal shameful 30 Sep 11
Brake warns more lives will be needlessly cut short unless road safety is given greater priority 29 Sep 11
Mobile phone addiction threatens safety on roads warns charity, as survey reveals three in 10 drivers text at the wheel 28 Sep 11
Northern Ireland announces drink drive limit reduction – Brake reaction 26 Sep 11
Local MP wins national award for campaign for 20mph limits in memory of resident Hilda Laffey 21 Sep 11
Bereaved family back campaign for safer roads for kids to mark five year anniversary of son’s death 14 Sep 11
MSP leads debate on Graduated Driver Licensing to save young lives – Brake reaction 07 Sep 11
MP wins road safety award for child cycle helmet campaign 31 Aug 11
Drivers urged to keep their heads this bank holiday weekend 25 Aug 11
Speed camera data published by Department for Transport – Brake response 24 Aug 11
Brake backs James Cracknell’s campaign on cycle helmets 18 Aug 11
Drink driving on the rise – Brake reaction 01 Aug 11
Local MP wins road safety award for campaign to tackle casualties on A614 28 Jul 11
Life-saving benefit of Scottish speed cameras 27 Jul 11
Drivers urged to slow down amid fears for kids’ safety in residential streets during school holidays 20 Jul 11
One in eight drivers nodded off at the wheel in the past year, reveals charity 13 Jul 11
Brake welcomes Victims Commissioner calls for law recognising needs of bereaved road crash victims 06 Jul 11
One in 60 young male drivers in crashes that kill and injure each year, reveals charity at international conference 01 Jul 11
Zak the Zebra gallops into Shifnal to demand safer roads for kids 28 Jun 11
Brake speaks out against mini-motos for children 17 Jun 11
School children in national march for drivers to slow down to save kids’ lives 15 Jun 11
Brake recognises life-saving achievements at Fleet Safety Forum Awards 10 Jun 11
Brake appalled by Red Tape Challenge to cut life-saving laws 10 Jun 11
Stroud MP wins award for helping school with dire road safety concerns 08 Jun 11
Zak the Zebra gallops into Charleton to slow down speeding drivers! 27 May 11
Safer routes are the key to getting one in five of us cycling 27 May 11
Brake reaction to Government road safety strategy published today – including proposals for a careless driving fixed penalty 11 May 11
Campaign for action on young driver crashes launched at start of UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 11 May 11
Zak the Zebra gallops into Langley Vale to demand safer roads for kids! 09 May 11
MP wins award for wheel safety campaign 05 May 11
Drink drive breath testing rate low and drivers know it 14 Apr 11
Over three million drivers have been in a crash with an uninsured driver 13 Apr 11
Brake speaks out in support of cycle helmet wearing 12 Apr 11
Zak the Zebra gallops into Lincoln to demand a school crossing 06 Apr 11
Bolton West MP Julie Hilling wins Brake and Direct Line’s Parliamentarian of the Month award 05 Apr 11
Brake reaction to speed cameras being switched on in Oxfordshire 01 Apr 11
Government proposals on driver eyesight tests criticised by bereaved family and national charity 31 Mar 11
Brake calls on Government to save lives by making it Lighter Later year-round, as we welcome in British Summer Time 23 Mar 11
Government announcement the drink drive limit won’t be lowered – Brake reaction 21 Mar 11
Charity backs MPs' calls for action on young driver deaths and injuries 17 Mar 11
Brake welcomes Northern Ireland Graduated Driver Licensing proposals 15 Mar 11
Motorway speed increase would increase casualties and carbon emissions 14 Mar 11
Drivers blame everyone else for bad driving 09 Mar 11
Driver tiredness on the rise ten years on from Selby rail crash 28 Feb 11
Bereaved family’s campaign to cut ‘blind spot’ cyclist casualties backed by Team GB members 14 Feb 11
Male drivers urged to pledge to drive safely for sake of loved ones this Valentine’s Day 11 Feb 11
Cambridge MP Julian Huppert wins Brake and Direct Line’s Parliamentarian of the Month award 11 Feb 11
Charity calls for action to tackle young driver casualties 03 Feb 11
Half of drivers risk deadly head-on crashes by overtaking at speed 01 Feb 11
Which speed camera boxes are empty? Brake response 27 Jan 11
David Steward MSP wins Brake’s Parliamentarian of the Month award 06 Jan 11
‘Morning after’ drink-driving on the rise, finds research out today by Brake and Direct Line 14 Dec 10
An open letter to The Times on the Public Bodies Bill 10 Dec 10
Clocking up success! 06 Dec 10
Brake reaction to Transport Select Committee’s recommendations on tackling drink and drug driving 02 Dec 10
Drink drive Christmas advertising slashed - Brake reaction 01 Dec 10
First MEP Wins Parliamentarian of the Month Award 01 Dec 10
New NICE guidance to reduce number of child injuries and deaths 24 Nov 10
Speed camera come back! 24 Nov 10
800 lives saved by speed cameras annually 24 Nov 10
Brake launches Road Safety Week! 23 Nov 10
Traffic at 30 mph is too fast for children’s visual abilities, scientists reveal 23 Nov 10
Road Safety Week kicks off on Monday! 19 Nov 10
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 18 Nov 10
Wells MP wins Brake and Direct Line's award for road safety 04 Nov 10
Motorway speeders clogging up national routes and risking lives 10 Oct 10
Government must act to tackle preventable road deaths and injuries, which cost UK economy £33 billion last year 29 Sep 10
Overwhelming demand for lower speed limits, but most drivers still admit speeding themselves finds research out today by Brake and Direct Line 22 Sep 10
Millions of drivers risking lives through confusion about tired driving 13 Aug 10
Brake warns Government on road safety funding bombshell 22 Jul 10
Brake reaction to vital road safety work being halted following Government funding cuts 20 Jul 10
Brake challenges Road Safety Minister’s dismissive comments on speed cameras 18 Jun 10
Brake slams transport secretary announcement not to fund cameras 17 May 10
Strong public support for action on drink and drug-driving, ‘Not a drop; not a drag’ campaign steps up a gear 17 Mar 10
Drivers scarily complacent about dangerous vehicles, says Brake and Direct Line 20 Jan 10
You’d be off your head not to check your head restraint, says road safety charity and Direct Line 27 Aug 09
Drivers support Government plans for tougher driving tests, but call for reforms to step up an extra gear 09 Jul 09