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Watch your speed during UN Global Road Safety Week

Every day in the UK, five people die on roads and about 60 more are seriously injured, causing needless loss of life and inflicting terrible suffering. The fourth UN Global Road Safety Week is being held this week, 8-14 May 2017, with a focus on speed.

The biannual event is organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and in 2017 it has been timed to coincide with the anniversary of the launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety on 11 May 2011.

WHO says the 2017 event is intended to “increase understanding of the dangers of speed and generate action on measures to address speed, thereby saving lives on the roads.” The week features hundreds of events hosted by governments, international agencies, local authorities and civil society organisations, and private companies.

Road safety charity

Craig Butler is a Senior Associate solicitor working in Lyons Davidson’s fatal and life changing injuries team.  He has supported countless bereaved families and assisted in the rehabilitation and compensation of those who have suffered life changing injuries. For many years, Craig has worked closely alongside Brake, the road safety charity, as a supporter, fundraiser and legal advisory extension of their victim support helpline.

Brake works with communities and organisations across the UK to stop the tragedy of road deaths and injuries, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and support people bereaved and seriously injured on roads. Brake believes that road safety touches upon everyone: it affects whether children can go to the park or walk to school, elderly people can get to the shops, people can take up cycling to get to work or get fit, and families feel safe to get around their neighbourhoods.

Zero road deaths

Brake’s vision is a world that has zero road deaths and injuries, and people can get around in ways that are safe, sustainable, healthy and fair.

Their work includes:

  • Running an accredited, expert helpline and providing support literature to help bereaved and seriously injured road-crash victims cope with their grief, deal with bewildering practical matters and access the help they need. Their helpline supports more than 500 families a year and our support packs are handed to families by police following every UK road death;
  • Coordinating the UK’s national Road Safety Week every November, involving about 10,000 schools, employers and road safety professionals, raising awareness about road safety in communities across the UK;
  • Campaigning for essential road safety policies and wider awareness, through campaigns such as the flagship GO 20 initiative, as well as 2Young2Die and Not a Drop;
  • Organising a Giant Walking Bus event for primary schools to celebrate walking, calling on drivers to slow down to protect children, and a Beep Beep! Day for pre-schoolers;
  • Running a membership scheme, producing resources, and running webinars and conferences to help fleet managers, employers and road safety practitioners;
  • Encouraging people to make their Brake Pledge and use their road safety advice, to help everyone to use roads safely and sustainably;
  • Making sure Brake’s voice is heard in the media.

They also work to end the danger, threat and pollution from traffic that blights communities and affects families across the UK. Ultimately, they provide essential support to people across the UK devastated by road death and serious injury to help them in their darkest hours.

Brake is proud to do a lot with limited resources but they need your help to do more. They are funded by donations from, and fundraising by, individuals, groups, schools and companies, and through grants.

Here are some of the ways you can help Brake grow and increase its impact:

  • Corporate partnership: organisations can show their support for safer roads and road crash victims, and work with us to make road safety central to their CSR activities;
  • Fundraise: there are numerous ways to support and promote the road safety cause in your community or organisation;
  • Join: keep up to date with Brake’s work and road safety. Get our fortnightly news bulletin, or bulletins for professionals or educators. Employers and practitioners: join our Brake Professional scheme;
  • Donate: the quickest and simplest way to help;
  • Follow and share: on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo and LinkedIn.


For more information on Brake visit their website (victim support helpline number is 0808 8000401/switchboard – 01484 559909)or contact Craign Butler by emailing cbutler@lyonsdavidson.co.uk or calling 01752 471 003.





Posted on May 10th, 2017 by Lyons Davidson