This year during August National Road Victims month we will be calling for an end to the discrimination of road crash victims and for road crime to be treated as real crime as we respond to the Ministry of Justice consultation on careless driving. Further details are given below, as well as information about events taking place this month to remember lives lost and broken on our roads. We hope that you will be able to join us in both campaigning and remembering.
After the success of the Tour de France, congratulations go to Bradley Wiggins and all other members of the Team GB Cycling squad for their amazing achievements, and for all that they have done as great advocates for cycling. But just hours after Wiggins won gold, and Froome won bronze in the Olympic Time Trial on Wednesday came the distressing news
that a cyclist had been killed near the Olympic Park by an Olympic Bus driver. Wiggins soon found himself caught up in a media storm around compulsory helmet wearing. RoadPeace has released this comment on our position on cycle helmets
. That same day, RoadPeace attended the sentencing of a driver who has killed not once, but twice. You can read more in our new Justice Watch
Improving road death investigation
A joint response, on behalf of charities representing pedestrians and cyclists as well as road crash victims, has been submitted by RoadPeace to the Association of Chief Police Officers' (ACPO) consultation on their Road Death Investigation Manual (RDIM). ACPO has now extended this consultation to 7 September 2012 and is encouraging members of the public to respond. We are keen to see as many respond as possible. Remember the RDIM is supposed to apply to serious injury collisions as well. Please contact RoadPeace for further information. You can read our response here
Too few coroners take action to prevent future deaths. The latest six month summary of coroner reports included 26 from road death inquests, of which 21 related to highway safety. RoadPeace has recently written to the coroner who conducted the inquest of Dan Cox, urging her to do more to prevent further deaths of cyclists by lorries.
The DfT is consulting
- making Careless Driving a Fixed Penalty Notice, and
- increasing the fixed penalty fine for motoring offences from £60 to £90.
For the first time ever, revenue from motoring fines is to be allocated to the Ministry of Justice for victim services. Yet the MOJ continues to treat crash victims as second class victims. RoadPeace is calling on the government to change more than just the fine, and is calling for road crime to be treated as real crime
Again, we are encouraging RoadPeace members to have their say. Please contact us if you want a copy of our consultation briefing or response.
The CPS has also stated that it will be consulting on its Prosecuting Bad Driving policy later in the year, some five years after its last public consultation on it. Watch this space!
RoadPeace welcomes the news that the Green Party has endorsed stricter liability at their Spring Conference. RoadPeace has produced an introduction to Stricter Liability to help tackle the misunderstandings around reversing the burden of proof in collisions involving pedestrians and cyclists.
Getting it wrong
In their response to the "Getting it right for Victims and Witnesses
" consultation, the Ministry of Justice rejected calls by RoadPeace and others to end the discrimination against road crash victims. Support services for families bereaved by homicide will be commissioned nationally, while support services for families bereaved by crashes will have to be commissioned locally with no guarantee of consistency. We will now be lobbying for minimum standards.
After almost a year of effort by RoadPeace, the Victim Services Alliance, an umbrella association of charities supporting bereaved families in the criminal justice system, has revised its terms of reference to include road deaths. Coordinated by Victim Support, it initially only referred to those bereaved by homicide.
» read more
Following reports of low satisfaction with the Met Police, the London Assembly is conducting an investigation into victim services provided by the Met Police. RoadPeace will be conducting an on-line survey to ensure victims of crashes are heard.
» read more
A fairer criminal justice system
Further to their call for a fairer criminal justice system as reported in our last e-news, British Cycling has coordinated an Early Day Motion calling for a complete review of the criminal justice system from collision investigation through to sentencing:
» read more
The RoadPeace Resilience Programme will be taking place again this Autumn in London as well as in Thames Valley (Oxford) and Bristol. To register an interest in attending this or future programmes please contact us either by telephone on 020 7733 1603 or email
"I found meeting other people and hearing how they felt most helpful, as it made you feel like you were amongst people who understood how you felt
Bereaved Father and Resilience participant
More information about our resilience program can be found on our website
RoadPeace organised a training day in June for new helpline and befriender volunteers. We will be running training days every three months to build on our Befriending Programme, to ensure an empathic helpliner is always available to talk to within the helpline operating hours. If you are interested in getting involved please contact us
August, National Road Victim Month
August was designated National Road Victim Month by RoadPeace after Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in a crash in 1997. She was killed on August 31, the same day as the world's first road death when Mary Ward was killed in Ireland in 1869. Britain's first road death also occurred in August, when Bridget Driscoll was killed in Crystal Palace on August 17 1896, with the coroner pronouncing "this must never happen again".
This year we will be commemorating this with a number of events organised around the country:
RoadPeace Memorial Garden, Manchester – Monday 6th August 4pm
The RoadPeace Memorial Garden, Beswick, Manchester
is dedicated to the memories of Jodie Webb and Joanne Greenwood who died in a horrific car crash on August 6th 2000. It has been inspired by Jodie's mother, June Webb, in honour of her daughter and all others who lose their life on the roads. Situated in the Grange Community Centre, Beswick, the RoadPeace Memorial Garden offers a place of remembrance to other families.
Ceremony of Remembrance at RoadPeace Wood – Saturday 11th August 2pm
This 10th annual gathering brings families and friends together to remember all those killed in a road crash. On Saturday 11th August we will be gathering for the annual Ceremony of Remembrance for road traffic victims at the RoadPeace Wood at the National Arboretum
, Staffordshire. The event will begin with a service in the Chapel followed by a short walk and ceremony at the RoadPeace wood, followed by refreshments. All are welcome.
Remembrance of Princess Diana and All Road Crash Victims – Friday 31st August 2pm
On the 15th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana, RoadPeace Northwest group are again organising a Remembrance of Princess Diana and All Road Crash Victims. We will be meeting on The Rankin Steps outside Liverpool Anglican Cathedral , St James Mount, Liverpool, LI 7AZ at 2pm. All are welcome, but please let us know
if you are attending.
Ghost bike vigil
RoadPeace joined the family of Neil Turner
and local campaigners to commemorate a ghost bike
in his memory. Neil was killed while cycling to work on 10 July. The ghost bike was kindly donated by local bike shop De Ver Cycles
Road danger reduction
More deaths and devastation
After nine straight years of decline, the number of people reported seriously injured or killed on the roads increased last year (2011). Those reported seriously injured increased by 462 to 23,122; deaths increased by 51 to 1,901. Compared to 2010, an additional family each week suffered a sudden and violent bereavement. With the government ending central funding for speed cameras, and thus speed enforcement, no one should be surprised by this rise in road death and injury. Speed may not be a factor in all crash causation, but it will almost always be a key determinant in how serious the casualties are, and the risk of death.
» read more here
See Me Save Me
See Me Save Me continues to build political support for its key call to eliminate lorry blind spots through the use of mandatory HGV safety technologies. A recent report released by the
Transport Select Committee called for a new approach to road safety, and included recommending that the DfT consider 'encouraging fitting sensors to HGVs to improve cycle safety'.
» full report here
Live in Hope
Coming home from school last November, 13 year old Hope Fennell was crushed by a lorry and killed. Her family have launched Live in Hope
, a campaign to ensure that safety in the Kings Heath and Birmingham area is improved and have a list of key demands as well as a petition on their website. Their calls include for mandatory HGV safety technology to eliminate the blind spot, a call shared by our See Me Save Me campaign
An unlikely ally in our campaign against the proposed rise in motorway speeds came in the form of ex-Formula 1 driver Damon Hill. In addition to not supporting an increase in the speed limit, but has called for a reduced speed limit of 55mph on our motorways. You can read the full interview here
Those concerned about road danger in London have an opportunity to have their say by responding to two important consultations.
Please contact RoadPeace if you want a copy of our consultation briefings or responses.
Have Your Say on Policing in London
The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) is consulting on London's policing priorities, and they are interested in your opinion. Tell them your views by taking part in a short questionnaire
or call 020 7202 0063 and leave your name and address to be sent a paper copy. A key priority for RoadPeace includes calling for increased enforcement particularly around speeding.
Members & supporters
Thanks go to RoadPeace supporter Godfrey Barlow for not only writing a book on Tommy Godwin, the world's greatest endurance cyclist, but also donating the proceeds to RoadPeace.
The Energy Glut
looks at the politics of fatness in an overheating world, and is written by RoadPeace Patron Ian Roberts, and Phil Edwards. Again, all proceeds of this excellent book go to RoadPeace. And if you are in or near London on September 10th, Ian will be speaking about his book at the next Movement for Liveable London Street Talk
In case you missed it first time our Spring newsletter is available to read on line
Are you a member?
RoadPeace is proud to be the only membership based road victims' charity founded on the principle of justice for road crash victims and road danger reduction. We rely on an active and thriving membership to support our work. Now more than ever we need to strengthen our voice and our numbers. Join us!