Welcome to our first e-news. These updates will keep you in touch with our activities supporting those affected by road crashes, and our campaigns for justice, rights and recognition for road crash victims and road danger reduction.
Despite 2010 not being the best year for road safety progress, with spending cuts and the Coalition's announcement of the end of the so called 'war on the motorist', progress has been made in some key work areas – and this e-news focuses on highlighting some of our achievements from last year with you.
2010 was RoadPeace's 18th year of operation and included the launch of a new website
and joining twitter
. We succeeded in maintaining our independence as an organisation, thanks largely to our members, the sponsorship efforts of bereaved families and financial support from trusts and corporate partners. We head into 2011 mindful of the work that lies ahead, but determined to continue to make a difference.
Supporting victims of road crashes
Campaigning for Justice
- Obtained funding from the Ministry of Justice for our pioneering Resilience Programme, a six-week support programme for the newly bereaved, including a support group for siblings.
- Produced new guides for bereaved families on understanding the Charging decision and Going to Court.
Working to reduce road danger
- Held a conference on 'Improving the Post Crash Response in London', the first to review investigation and prosecution at the local level.
- Promoted a new approach to witness statements, the Self-Administered Interview (SAI), that is being used in collision investigations by several police services in Britain.
- Presented the case for Stricter Liability: the Civilised Civil Compensation System to road safety professionals at RoSPA's 75th National Road Safety Conference.
- Successfully argued the case for the Commissioner for Victim and Witness's review into families of homicide to include bereaved families of culpable crashes.
- Supported a bereaved family with their campaigning for justice including with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), where in a landmark decision they were awarded compensation.
- Highlighted the experience of road crash victims at Leigh Day's Death Matters conference where Cynthia Barlow, RoadPeace chair, was a guest speaker.
Remembrance and recognition of lives lost and broken
- Agreed with Transport for London the need for good practice standards for lorry firms, with first draft coming from the Action on Lorry Danger campaign working group (CTC, Living Streets, LCC and RoadPeace).
- Published a report refuting the Tax Payer Alliance's claim that safety cameras are ineffective and have led to a rise in road deaths.
- Promoted the importance of safer systems and lorries with 'Vulnerability in the City' briefing pack for the Royal College of Art's vehicle design workshop.
- Coordinated the commemoration of the UN endorsed World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims for the 17th year since RoadPeace introduced a Day of Remembrance in 1993.
- Launched a new memorial in Bath dedicated to road crash victims in the South West, thanks to the fundraising efforts and commitment by the RoadPeace South West group.
- Published Six a Day , highlighting the daily toll of road deaths in Britain.
- Held a ceremony of remembrance at the RoadPeace Wood in the National Memorial Arboretum for the ninth consecutive year.