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RoadPeace
the national charity for road crash victims

Dear friend

Thank you to everyone who came to our Ceremony of Remembrance at the RoadPeace Wood earlier this month. The moving ceremony included a dedication to loved ones along side music, poetry, readings and chanting. Those who attended told us it was

'An important time to remember my son together with people who have been through, and are going through, the same kind of bereavement. The Arboretum is a beautiful, peaceful place.'

'A space to grieve openly, the monks' chanting was so soothing after the tears.'

We hope you can join us at our next gathering as part of August National Road Victim Month as we commemorate the lives of crash victims in Liverpool on Wednesday 31st August. Please read below for more information.


With best wishes
From the RoadPeace Team

Baronness Jones relaunches our APPG for Justice on Our Roads at our 2016 AGM
Campaign for
justice
RoadPeace Collision Investigation campaign and second post-mortems
An important element of RoadPeace’s Collision Investigation campaign is calling for better treatment of victims, including making sure they are less traumatised by the investigation process.

Second post-mortems are a key issue for our bereaved members, as they can cause much additional distress to families.  The defence’s right to a second post-mortem can add weeks of delay to releasing the body of the deceased. Practice also varies across the country with some coroners being much stricter than others in imposing time limits for second post-mortems.

The Chief Coroner is currently reforming second post-mortems but is only looking at homicide victims. RoadPeace is calling for him to extend this to include road deaths so that the problems faced by bereaved families can be addressed.

>> Please contact RoadPeace if you would like to share your experience of dealing with second post-mortems


Hit and Run - a growing concern
RoadPeace will be giving a presentation on the crime of hit and run at the upcoming TISPOL  (European Traffic Police Network) conference in October.  This will cover the scale, the problems around the relevant criminal offences, and efforts to deter this cowardly crime.

Deaths caused by absconding drivers are rare -- less than 5% of fatal crashes -- but on the rise.  The Department for Transport (DfT) has reported an increase for the second year in a row.  In 2015, 81 people died in crashes where a driver was reported to have left the scene.  Pedestrians were the most likely victim, accounting for almost two-thirds of those killed.  The MIB (Motor Insurers Bureau) states that untraced drivers are now a bigger problem than uninsured drivers.

>> If you have any experience of hit and run please contact RoadPeace


Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Plan consultation
Avon and Somerset are currently consulting on their priorities for their next police and crime plan. The Police and Crime Commissioner's proposed strategic vision is:
•    Local people will have increased confidence in the police;
•    Avon and Somerset communities will be safe and feel safe.

RoadPeace supports this vision but wants assurance that it includes confidence in traffic law enforcement and collision investigation. Priority is to be given to those who are most vulnerable to harm. Please help ensure they keep a focus on road safety, and do not let them forget about vulnerable road users and crash victims. The consultation closes 30 August 2016.

>> Have your say


 
Supporting families
after road death & injury
August National Road Victim Month
A Remembrance of Princess Diana and All Road Crash Victims is being held at the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool on Wednesday 31st August 2016 at 2pm. There will be a minute's silence during the ceremony after which five doves will be released in memory of loved ones, as each day, on average, five people are killed on Britain's roads. This Ceremony of Remembrance is organised by the RoadPeace NorthWest local group.

>> We hope you can join us. All are welcome but to help with our planning please let us know if you are coming.

 
Friendships that last forever
“Many people don’t know how to react when something terrible happens, but Anne understood just being there was important”. Cynthia Barlow (RoadPeace Chair)

Cynthia was featured recently in an article in The Guardian about the value of life long friendships, and tells how her best friend helped her to cope with her grief after her daughter Alex was killed in a road crash.

>> RoadPeace understands the value of peer support and our befriending service puts victims in touch with others who truly understand the devastating impact of a road crash. Please contact our helpline if you would like to:
•    talk to a befriender
•    become a befriender
•    join a local group.
Safer streets
for all
Drink drive deaths not decreasing
Drink drive deaths have stabilised, with no decrease since 2010. DfT’s final estimate for 2014 is 240 drink drive related deaths. Their preliminary estimate for drink drive related deaths in 2015 is between 200 and 290.

The Alcohol Health Alliance believes this strengthens the case for a reduction in the drink drive limit. Along with tougher enforcement and longer driving bans, RoadPeace supports a reduction in the drink drive limit.

>> See our briefing on The Crime of Drink Driving
>> Contact RoadPeace for more information on how you can help raise awareness, including contacting your MP.


 
Get
Involved
Fundraise for RoadPeace!
If you were inspired by the amazing achievements of Team GB at the Rio Olympics, could you take on a sporting challenge and fund-raise for RoadPeace?

Or if baking (and eating!) is more your thing - and in honour of the return of The Great British Bake Off this week - why not organise a bake sale with friends or at your place of work? 

As a small charity we rely on our members and supporters to help fund our vital work, helping us to help others. Organising a fundraiser or taking part in a sporting challenge is a great way to do this, and have fun on the way with friends and family.


>> Please get in touch to find out more/let us know what you are doing - we'd love to hear from you!
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 13th September
- RoadPeace North East group meeting – contact David
- RoadPeace North West group meeting - Wednesday 7th September
- RoadPeace South West group meeting – contact Steve
- RoadPeace West Midlands support group meeting - Wednesday 12th October (date TBC)
Ceremonies of Remembrance
- Remembrance for Princess Diana, and All Crash Victims, Liverpool - Wednesday 31st August
 - World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims - Sunday 20th November
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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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