Without Justice there can be no peace
A small charity, founded by the bereaved and the outraged, our first priority has always been supporting victims. But to RoadPeace, support includes campaigning against society's tolerance towards road death and injury, especially that within our justice system.
And our members want to see lessons learned from their loss, to believe that their loved one did not die completely in vain. They want to see others spared their suffering, either by safer roads and fewer victims or by an improved response by the justice system to those deaths and injuries that were not prevented.
Most focus on the former. RoadPeace is unusual in its concentration on the latter. But there is growing realisation, especially by those cycling and walking, that road danger cannot be reduced without reforming the justice system. It took some two decades for the transport system and health system to join up – we do not want to wait another 20 years for joined up thinking with the justice system.
Our justice policy work is organised by the areas of:
- Collision investigation
- Criminal prosecution
- Civil compensation
- Victims’ rights
It is based on the principles that the justice system should:
- Treat road crime as real crime
- Protect those most vulnerable from harm from others
- Reduce (not aggravate) the suffering of victims
- Increase public confidence in justice system’s response to road danger
- Contribute to reduced risk and road traffic injury prevention.
This vision requires significant changes in the way that we as a society respond to road crashes, starting with the adoption of a road danger reduction approach to road safety.