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Our final e-newsletter of 2016 brings you an opportunity to have your say on the long-awaited driving offences review, as well as a new consultation on civil compensation reform. Look out too for local police and crime plan consultations in London and Merseyside. We also share some good news regarding a successful funding bid to support our Safer Lorries Campaign. Read on to find out more...

Finally, a big thank you to everyone who has supported RoadPeace this year - we wish you happy memories and peace this Christmas.

From everyone at RoadPeace
In this issue:
Campaign for Justice

Driving offences reform
Whiplash reforms to re-victimise crash victims

Supporting families after road death and injury
Updated Sentencing Guide for Bereaved Families

Safer streets for all
RoadPeace safer lorries campaign
Drink driving analysis
London's new police and crime plan
Merseyside PCC consulting on road safety priority

Thank you

Dates for your diary
Tealight bike
Justice for crash victims
Driving offences: longer prison sentences for the worst offenders welcomed but more reform is needed
Earlier this month the Government announced its long-awaited consultation on motoring offences, including a proposed life time sentence for the worst offenders. Over 4000 people have been killed on our roads in the 31 months since the government first announced a full review of driving offences on 4 May 2014, so this consultation is much needed.

RoadPeace will be arguing that reform should not stop with tougher sentences for the worst few offenders. We want to see more and longer driving bans and a review of how careless and dangerous driving is defined, as well as the introduction of a manslaughter charge for all culpable drivers who kill.

>> Read more here
>> And if you haven’t yet read it, please see our briefing on Manslaughter

Ministry of Justice reforms re-victimise crash vicitms
To tackle whiplash claims and rising costs of motor insurance, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is proposing to raise the small claims court limit to £5000. This will mean the vast majority of those injured on our roads will not be able to claim back legal costs.

The MoJ is putting cost savings for the insured ahead of rightful compensation for the injured, many of whom will be pedestrians and cyclists and not insured.

RoadPeace, Cycling UK and Living Streets are campaigning to stop this injustice.

>> Please join us and take action today to oppose these proposals
>> Read the full consultation 
>> Read our blog

Supporting families after road death and injury
Revised Sentencing Guide for Bereaved Families
RoadPeace has updated its Sentencing Guide for Bereaved Families. This guide explains how sentences are decided by the courts for causing death by driving offences and gives details of these sentences given in England & Wales for 2015.

RoadPeace works to reduce the suffering of victims.  This includes helping bereaved families avoid being misled about possible punishments that could be given to those convicted of causing a death. At present, the government-funded guides given to victims after a road death contain information on the maximum sentences possible by law, but these are of little relevance as they are almost never used.  We hope that the information in our new revised guide will help spare bereaved families further shock and disappointment.
Tealight bike
Safer streets for all
RoadPeace safer lorries campaign
RoadPeace’s long standing campaign for safer lorries is dedicated to saving the lives of cyclists and pedestrians.

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant from Transport for London’s Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) to enable us to train and equip a team of 'survivor advocates' (people bereaved or injured from lorry collisions) to get their voices heard – by policy makers, coroners, industry and the media. RoadPeace will train and support these survivor advocates to raise awareness and campaign for change. This funding will also support us to improve lorry collision investigation and coroner awareness of lorry danger, both of which will reduce future lorry collision fatalities and injuries. Watch this space for more information coming in the new year about this exciting project.

>> Find our more about CLOCS in this short film about efforts to embed road safety culture in the construction industry, featuring RoadPeace’s Chair Cynthia Barlow OBE

RoadPeace's latest drink driving analysis shows decline in detection and prosecution, but not incidence
RoadPeace has analysed the latest drink driving prosecution statistics and has identified a worrying trend with a decline in detection and prosecution, but not incidence of drink driving. RoadPeace believes that drink drivers should face a greater risk of being caught. This includes testing all drivers involved in fatal and serious injury collisions, if not all casualty collisions, and making drink driving a notifiable offence by the Home Office and prioritised by the police.

>> Find out more 

London's new police and crime plan to adopt Vision Zero
London is consulting on its police and crime plan. The good news is that this one talks about the need for the Mayor’s adoption of Vision Zero, and the police role in “tackling the places, behaviours and vehicles that post the greatest risk”.  Transport for London (TfL) and the Metropolitan Police Service are to develop a partnership plan for improving road safety through a Vision Zero approach. RoadPeace has drafted a response for members and partners to use and amed. We want to hear from you - help us make it better.
This consultation closes 23 February 2016.

>> Read the draft plan here
>> Have your say: see RoadPeace's draft response for members and partners to use

Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner consulting over road safety priority
Should road safety be added as a priority in the Merseyside Police and Crime Plan?  Jane Kennedy, Merseyside’s PCC, has launched a consultation asking this question. Merseyside had the highest number of pedestrian casualties nationwide. RoadPeace will argue the case for this addition, including at the upcoming meeting of our RoadPeace North West local group in January. This consultation closes on 16th January 2017.

>> Have your say
Team Bolt Burdon Kemp at the Royal Parks Half Marathon 2016
Thank you!
Thank you!
During 2016 we have provided much needed support, information and advocacy for victims of road crashes and their families, including delivering new services for crash victims in the West Midlands. And we have continued to campaign for justice and for safer streets. But we couldn't do what we do without the support of others.

THANK YOU  to all those who have supported us this year:

~ Our members, donors and fundraisers, our volunteers, staff and trustees.

~ Our valued corporate partners: Bolt Burdon Kemp, Brigade Electronics, CFG Law, Fieldfisher, Irwin Mitchell LLP, Leigh Day, Metcalfes, Slater and Gordon and Top Tests.

~ The following grant-making organisations: The 1970 Trust, The Ian Cadbury Charitable Trust, The Marmot Trust, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner and the Big Lottery's Local Sustainability Fund.

We couldn’t do what we do without your support.

“Thank you to RoadPeace for everything you do for victims of road crashes. I don’t know where we would be without RoadPeace’s compassion and support through some of the most difficult times we’ve faced.”
Bereaved mother - West Midlands Resilience Programme participant

If you would like to make a donation to RoadPeace this Christmas, please visit our website.
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 group meeting - contact Jeff
RoadPeace London support group meeting - Tuesday 10th January 2017 - contact Belina
RoadPeace North East group meeting – contact David
RoadPeace North West group meeting - Wednesday 4th January - Merseyside Police HQ  contact Pauline
RoadPeace South West group meeting – contact Steve
RoadPeace West Midlands group meeting - Wednesday 18th January - contact Belina

Ceremonies of Remembrance
Ceremony of Remembrance at the RoadPeace Wood - Saturday 12th August 2017
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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