To honour August National Road Victim Month
our update this month focuses on road crash victims and how they continue to be overlooked by the justice system.
Victims' Commissioner - one year on
The Victims’ Commissioner Baroness Newlove has published a report into her first year of office. Her stated priority was to listen to victims. And although she has listened to RoadPeace and supports our call for victims of road crime to be treated as victims of crime, road crime victims continue to go uncounted by the criminal justice system. RoadPeace's summary highlights this continued discrimination in more detail.
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Victims' Commissioner Annual Report
RoadPeace summary of the report and its implications for crash victims
RoadPeace briefing: The Continued Discrimination against road crash victims
RoadPeace calls on London Mayor to include victims of road crime
With responsibility for victim services becoming a local responsibility for Police and Crime Commissioners from October 2014, a review of victim services in London was undertaken this summer by the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC). But despite the police investigating more road deaths than murder/manslaughter cases, the review made no mention to the support available to families bereaved by road crashes, let alone those injured in crashes. RoadPeace has called for this omission to be corrected.
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MOPAC review of Victim Services in London (June 2014)
RoadPeace summary of the MOPAC review and its implications for crash victims
Chief Coroner reports on long-awaited inquest reforms
The Chief Coroner’s first annual report (2013-14) includes a summary of efforts made to improve the inquest system for families. Making reports to prevent future deaths is one of six stated priorities. The Chief Coroner is also committed to increasing the transparency of coroners, and copies of Preventing Future Death reports are now posted on the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary website
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Chief Coroner Annual Report 2014
Have your say on Safer Lorries in London
The Mayor, Transport for London and London Councils have launched a consultation on the 'Safer Lorries Scheme’. Proposals include banning lorries without sideguards and safety mirrors from London's streets. RoadPeace supports the scheme but argues that it does not go far enough to tackle the menace of lorry blind spots - the scheme should extend to require all lorries without direct vision cabs to be fitted with additional safety equipment such as cameras and sensors.
The Safer Lorries Scheme consultation will remain open until 22 September.
>> TAKE ACTION Respond to the consultation
>> READ MORE RoadPeaces consultation summary
See Me Save Me Intern
Do you want to help develop our See Me Save Me
campaign? See Me Save Me is dedicated to saving the lives of vulnerable road users by highlighting the need to eliminate lorry blind spots. We are looking for an intern with a strong communications background and interest in road danger issues who will update and develop the See Me Save Me website, compile case studies and briefings, and build links with crash victims, industry partners and the media. The closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014.
>> Download the application pack
After road death - did your MP help you?
Thank you to everyone who has responded so far. As we reported in our July update, RoadPeace is updating its Guide for MPs so that they can help families after road death - either with access to information or supporting any campaigning efforts. If your MP was helpful (or not) we'd like to hear from you.
>> Contact RoadPeace to share your experience
Run for RoadPeace!
Would you like to take on a personal challenge, have fun and raise much needed funds for us in the process? RoadPeace has guaranteed places in a number of running events, or look for an event local to you. Let us know what you are doing and we can support you with a fundraising pack and running shirt.
>> FIND OUT MORE Contact Sara in the office
Dates for your diary
- Remembrance of Diana Princess of Wales and All Crash Victims - Sunday 31st August 1pm (contact Pauline for more information)
- RoadPeace North West group meeting - Wednesday 3rd September (contact Pauline for more information)
- RoadPeace South West group meeting - Saturday 6th September (contact Steve for more information)
- RoadPeace North East group meeting – contact David for the date of the next meeting
- RoadPeace London support group meeting - Tuesday 9th September 6pm (contact Belina for more information)
- World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims - Sunday 16th November 2014
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!