Welcome to the June edition of our e-news.
RoadPeace members will have recently received their copy of our Spring newsletter, Issue 33
, celebrating our 20th year and launching our anniversary fundraising appeal. If you are not yet a member, we would urge you to join us and help us strengthen our voice representing road crash victims.
Thank you for your concern, your interest and your continuing support.
Justice for crash victims
Speak out for road crash victims
- concerned about how the police investigate fatal or serious injury collisions?
- interested in what punishment the courts give to drivers who kill, injure or intimidate?
Two important consultations are underway that cover the key areas of collision investigation and sentencing which we urge you to respond to.
ACPO Road Death Investigation Manual
For the first time in five years, ACPO is updating its Road Death Investigation Manual (this also applies to life changing collisions). Bereaved families, campaigners, and solicitors can contribute feedback. We'd like to hear your suggestions on what the police should, or should not, do, so please contact us
>> Consultation details
The government wants to make community sentences more punitive and is consulting on how this can be done. Community sentences are the most common punishment given to a driver convicted of Causing Death by Careless Driving, and this is the most common charge laid after a fatal crash. Community sentences are also given to drivers convicted of drink driving, speeding, careless or dangerous driving.
RoadPeace is conducting a survey to see what restrictions our members think should be imposed on law breaking drivers as part of community sentences. It should only take a few minutes to complete.
>> Take the survey
>> Consultation details
A safer and fairer justice system
This week British Cycling called on the government
to make the justice system fairer for road users. RoadPeace welcomes this new campaign and offered this statement in support:
"Our justice system continues to discriminate against road crash victims, especially vulnerable road users. It is not just the drivers that are the problem. The police, CPS, MOJ, courts and even Victim Support do not treat road crime as real crime. We have not been able to get the MOJ to even count the number of people killed and injured by law breaking drivers. To too many in the justice system, road deaths and injuries are collateral damage.
"A review of how the criminal justice system responds to road deaths and serious injuries is long overdue, from investigation through to sentencing. Especially now as we see the effects of spending cuts. Less evidence is being collected and this can only lead to more downgrading of charges. At a time when the government is encouraging people to walk and cycle more, our justice system needs to ensure that drivers who threaten others are detected, punished and kept off our roads."
Road danger reduction
RoadPeace has long opposed any increase in the motorway speed limit and has joined the No to 80 coalition, calling on the government to abandon its plans to increase motorway speed limits. The coalition believes that increasing the speed limit will result in more devastating crashes and casualties, increased costs to drivers and the NHS, and increased CO2 pollution.
Find out more about the campaign and how take action, including signing RoadPeace member Liz Voysey's e-petition: http://roadpeace.org/campaigns/noto80/
Read up on the issues around increasing motorway speeds: http://roadpeace.org/rdr/speed/motorway/
A short film about Ghost Bikes by Sam Scott-Hunter.
For more information about ghost bikes visit http://ghostbikes.org/
Dates for your diary
During August National Road Victims Month;
Monday 6th August
- Ceremony of Remembrance at the RoadPeace Garden in Manchester
Saturday 11th August
- Ceremony of Remembrance at the RoadPeace Wood, National Memorial Arboretum
Friday 31st August
- Liverpool Ceremony of Remembrance
This year World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2012 will be held on Sunday 18th November.
20th Anniversary Fundraising Appeal
RoadPeace has launched a 20th Anniversary Fundraising Appeal
. As an independent charity, seeking funding to support our activities is always a key concern, never more so than during times of austerity, spending cuts and economic crisis. Our target is to raise £20 000
for our 20th year, and we are asking our members to help us reach this. We are very pleased to be able to announce that we have secured match-funding , and so every £ that you donate will in fact be doubled
. And of course please don't forget to Gift Aid your donation if you are a UK tax payer.
Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. If you wish to make a donation you can do so online
, or by post, or by phone.
2012 Annual General Meeting
Save the date. This year's Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 13th July, at the Diana Memorial Fund on the South Bank. Invitations will be sent out to members shortly.
As a small charity, a strong volunteer base greatly increases our capacity to do more. If you have any spare time and would like to get more involved then please do get in touch
. There are lots of ways to get involved from offering support to bereaved families, promoting RoadPeace, to helping out with your local group or Remembrance service, or administrative support in our London office.
If you are not already a member then please join us and help us strengthen our voice representing road crash victims.
RoadPeace is proud to be the only membership based road victim charity founded on the principles of justice for victims
and road danger reduction.