Road deaths down but still too high
Data released on Wednesday by the Department for Transport confirm that in 2013, 1713 people died in crashes on Britain’s roads. Whilst it is welcome news that 41 fewer families were spared the devastation of a road death in 2013, every road death is one death too many. Reported serious injuries were also down by 1382 and reported slight injuries fell by 10,630.
>> READ MORE RoadPeace's press comment
and DfT Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain: Main Results 2013
August is National Road Victim Month
We hope you can join us at one or more of the ceremonies of remembrance being held during August National Road Victim month, to remember all those killed and injured in crashes.
• Wednesday 6th August at 4pm
– Ceremony of Remembrance at the RoadPeace Garden in Beswick, Manchester. Organised by RoadPeace member June Webb and held in the memorial garden she created in memory of her daughter Jodie Webb and friend Joanne Greenwood, who were both killed in a car crash on the 6th August 2000, on Jodie’s 21st birthday.
>> Please contact the RoadPeace office for more information
• Saturday 9th August at 2pm
–Ceremony of Remembrance at the RoadPeace Wood at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire.
>> More information
• Sunday 31st August at 2pm
– Remembrance of Princess Diana and All Crash Victims held on the steps of the Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool, and organised by the RoadPeace North West local group.
>> More information
Some two years after being appointed, the Chief Coroner held a conference for service providers and campaigners highlighting the progress made to date, but also the inconsistency that persists among coroners. RoadPeace attended and lobbied for coroners to
• make Preventing Future Death reports which are evidence based, and
• monitor the experiences of bereaved families including a level of satisfaction survey.
>> READ MORE See RoadPeace's Summary of Coroner Reports 2014
Justice on Our Roads
On 4 June 2014 Baroness Jenny Jones of Moulescoomb launched the All Party Parliamentary Group for Justice on our Roads. Its aim is to highlight the need to improve the justice system’s response to road crashes, and getting victims of road crime counted and included as victims of crime has been identified as a key priority. But we need more MPs to sign up and support the group. If you have not already done so please write to your MP and ask them to join.
>> TAKE ACTION Get your MP to join the APPG
>> READ MORE RoadPeace's meeting notes
CTC’s recent panel debate on sentencing, which included contributions from a judge, magistrate and leading academics, reported that juries were much more likely to convict in causing death by driving cases than manslaughter cases. But as our Causing Death by Driving briefings show, conviction rates are not high, with acquittals a particular problem for Causing Death by Careless Driving cases.
>> READ MORE Causing Death by Driving prosecutions (2013)
Draft Cycle Safety Action Plan for London
Following its motorcycle and pedestrian safety action plans, Transport for London (TfL) has launched a draft cycle safety plan for consultation. RoadPeace welcomes the inclusion, amongst the 32 actions, of working with the London criminal justice system “to improve the understanding and transparency of enforcement action and the criminal justice response to prevent KSIs”.
Transport for London backs down on Cyclists Stay Back
RoadPeace welcomes the news that TfL have agreed to withdraw the Cyclist Stay Back stickers from their small vehicles fleet. RoadPeace has been campaigning with other cycling and transport groups to have these removed as they send the wrong message to cyclists and other road users.
>> READ MORE Campaigners victory on misleading stickers
Dates for your diary
- RoadPeace North West group meeting - Wednesday 2nd July (contact Pauline for more information)
- RoadPeace South West group meeting - Saturday 5th July (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 8th July 6pm (contact Belina for more information)
- RoadPeace Annual Ceremony of Remembrance at the RoadPeace Wood – Saturday 9th August 2pm (contact Sara for more information)
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!