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Recent cases in the media have highlighted the need for a manslaughter charge for culpable road deaths - one of RoadPeace's long standing calls.  Please read on to find out why. And for RoadPeace members - if you would like to have a say in shaping our future membership package, we still have a few places left on our membership workshop taking place in London next week. Further details below...

With best wishes
From the RoadPeace Team

Baronness Jones relaunches our APPG for Justice on Our Roads at our 2016 AGM
Campaign for
Manslaughter charge needed
Two recent road death cases in the media have highlighted the need for a manslaughter charge for culpable road deaths. The father of James Gilbey, a pedestrian who was killed in a hit and run incident by a car driver who was racing, and the brother of Lee Martin who was killed while cycling by a texting driver made a powerful case for the manslaughter charge on Radio 4. This was followed by a debate in parliament called by Claire Perry, MP for Devizes, which pressed for changes in sentencing. She is calling for greater use of the manslaughter charge, and for an end to the reduction for a guilty plea and early release on license.
RoadPeace has produced a briefing on why manslaughter should be the charge for all culpable road deaths.  This would ensure thorough investigations and consistent treatment of all families bereaved by law breaking drivers.

>> Read RoadPeace's Manslaughter briefing
>> Listen again to the interview on Radio 4 (at 2:10)
>> Read the Westminster debate

RoadPeace Collision Investigation campaign taken to Lisbon
RoadPeace presented our collision investigation campaign at the FEVR conference & AGM in Lisbon, organised by our Portuguese partner ACA-M (Association of Self Mobilised Citizens). The Portuguese police were surprised to hear that British police could decide there was to be no prosecution after a fatal crash, without requiring an independent check. In Portugal, police must pass all road death investigation files to the State Prosecutor.

>> Watch our talk
Supporting families
after road death & injury
West Midlands Resilience Building Programme
RoadPeace is holding a six-week Resilience Building Programme in Birmingham, starting on Thursday 6th October 2016, thanks to funding from the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.

The RoadPeace Resilience Building Programme is a trauma support programme for families bereaved by road death. Over six weekly sessions, working in small groups, participants will gain insight into how the mind and body can react to traumatic loss, and have a chance to gain peer support through meeting other bereaved families.

“One of the best aspects of the programme is to listen to others in a similar situation… It is reassuring to hear that although life will not be the same, the black cloud will lift and there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel”. Bereaved Mother

>> We still have a few spaces available. If you or someone you know would like to attend please contact Belina in the RoadPeace office.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is on Sunday 20th November
Please note the date for this year's World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. Services will be taking place in the UK and beyond  to mark this important day - including in London, Liverpool, Thame, Durham, Bristol and at the National Memorial Arboretum. Further information will be sent to members, and a full listing of services will be published on our website.

>> If you are interested in organising a service or event to commemorate the 1.25 million people who are killed annually on the world's roads please get in touch for information and ideas on what you can do.
Safer streets
for all
Success for Safer Lorries campaign
RoadPeace welcomes new ground-breaking measures, announced today by The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to rid London of dangerous lorries. The proposals include:
  • The most unsafe HGVs to be banned from London’s streets by 2020, transforming road safety in London
  • The world’s first Direct Vision Standard to be introduced – delivering on Sadiq Khan’s manifesto pledge
RoadPeace’s long standing campaign for safer lorries is dedicated to saving the lives of cyclists and pedestrians – and has called for the elimination of the lorry blind spots, by any means necessary including through the use of camera and sensor technology and direct vision cabs.

>> Read the full press release from the Mayor of London

Mobile phone penalties to increase
The urgent need to get tougher on the use of mobile phones while driving is illustrated by the avoidable death of Lee Martin who was killed while cycling by a texting driver. So RoadPeace is pleased to learn that Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced plans to double the fine and penalty points for the offence of using a mobile phone whilst driving - with a second offence resulting in a driving ban. RoadPeace welcomes these new tougher penalties, which go further than those first proposed by the DfT in their consultation earlier this year. RoadPeace had responded to this consultation calling for tougher penalties.

>> Read our latest briefing on mobile phones
>> See our response to the mobile phone consultation
What does being a RoadPeace member mean to you?
Would you like to help shape our new membership package? We still have a few places left at our membership workshop taking place next week. The workshop will include:
•    Presentation of the membership offer we are developing
•    An opportunity for members to put forward their own ideas about the membership offer
•    An opportunity to meet with other RoadPeace members and staff

Open to RoadPeace members, it is being held on Wednesday 5th October  from 10am - 1pm in Central London. For those travelling from outside London, we can help with travel costs.

>> If you'd like to attend please RSVP as soon as possible, and by 9am on Monday 3rd October at the latest, stating if you have any access requirements so we can accommodate these accordingly.

Cheering squad wanted for Royal Parks Half Marathon!

RoadPeace is so proud to have a terrific team of 10 runners taking part in this year's Royal Parks Half Marathon, and we are looking for a brilliant bunch of volunteers to come and cheer them on on the day. Cheering volunteers play a huge role in offering support to our runners, while also having great fun making noise, and being part of a fantastic event. If you are free on the morning of Sunday 9th October, please  join us at the six miile mark to offer cheers and words of encouragement to keep our runners going. It is also a great opportunity to meet other volunteers and members supporting the work of RoadPeace.

>> If you would like to join our cheering squad please
email Annabelle. All members of the cheering squad will receive a RoadPeace t-shirt.

Dates for your Diary
RoadPeace local group meetings
RoadPeace local groups provide an opportunity for peer support and/or local action. Each group is different but all are welcoming of newcomers. Please see below for meeting dates, or where none are listed please contact the local group coordinator for more information.
- RoadPeace Exeter support group meeting - contact Jeff
- RoadPeace London support group meeting - Tuesday 8th November
- RoadPeace North East group meeting – contact David
- RoadPeace North West group meeting - Wednesday 2nd November
- RoadPeace South West group meeting – contact Steve
- RoadPeace West Midlands support group meeting - (date TBC)
Ceremonies of Remembrance
  - World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims - Sunday 20th November
Crash not Accident
Road deaths are no accident. The RoadPeace 'Crash not accident' campaign calls for an end to a language of neglect and denial  - and for policy makers and the media to stop using the word ‘accident’ when referring to road crashes, and to adopt appropriate, constructive and  accurate terminology such as crash or collision.

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