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Dear friend

We hope you can join us this August National Road Victim Month as we commemorate the lives of crash victims with two Ceremonies of Remembrance. We will be gathering at the RoadPeace Wood on Saturday 13th August, and in Liverpool on Wednesday 31st August.
RoadPeace’s Acts of Remembrance bring families together for support and solidarity, and highlight the devastating toll of road death. Please read below for more information.

And good luck to our 2 riders taking part in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 on Sunday and raising funds for RoadPeace. As a small charity we rely on our members and supporters to help fund our vital work, and taking part in sponsored events directly helps us to help others. If you’d like to organise a fundraising event or take on a sporting challenge for RoadPeace please contact us - we have guaranteed places on a number of events and resources to help you, and we'd love to hear from you!

With best wishes
From the RoadPeace Team

Baronness Jones relaunches our APPG for Justice on Our Roads at our 2016 AGM
Campaign for
Collision Investigation campaign
Our campaign to improve collision investigation, launched last month, will identify and promote best practice in collision investigation. This will include collating the experiences of road crash victims and their recommendations as to how to improve police practice. Please get in touch and share your experiences with us, whether good or bad.
>> find out more about the campaign
>> get in touch and share your experiences with us

Causing death by driving prosecutions
Do you want to know how many drivers were convicted of causing death in 2015, and the sentences they received? RoadPeace has analysed the latest Causing Death by Driving prosecution statistics and produced a series of fact sheets on the individual causing death by driving offences, as well as a detailed summary briefing.
>> RoadPeace Causing Death by Driving Summary Briefing 2015
Causing death by driving fact sheet series
>> Causing death by dangerous driving fact sheet
>> Causing death by careless driving fact sheet
>> Causing death by careless driving while under the influence fact sheet
Supporting families
after road death & injury
August National Road Victim Month
RoadPeace will be commemorating August National Road Victim Month with Ceremonies of Remembrance that bring families together for support and solidarity and highlight the devastating toll of road death:
  • A Ceremony of Remembrance at the RoadPeace Wood at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire will take place on Saturday 13 August 2016 at 2pm. All are invited to attend. Please RSVP to let us know if you are coming. If you are unable to attend but would like us to read out the name of a loved one for you during the service, please get in touch with your dedication.
August was designated National Road Victim Month by RoadPeace after Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in a crash in 1997. She was killed on 31 August, the same day as the world’s first motor vehicle victim, Mary Ward, was killed in Ireland in 1869. Britain’s first road death also occurred in August, when Bridget Driscoll was killed in Crystal Palace on 17 August 1896, with the coroner pronouncing “this must never happen again”.
Safer streets
for all
Speeds not decreasing
The Department for Transport's Annual Report on vehicle speed shows that over half of car drivers still choose to exceed the 30mph speed limit. For the first time, speed compliance with 20mph roads is shown. And whilst the report indicates that 20mph compliance is low, it was based on a very small sample size of only nine locations.
>> RoadPeace’s Crime of Speeding briefing
>> RoadPeace Speeding & Prosecution data factsheet

RoadPeace Safer Lorries campaign
Our friends at Transport & Environment  have reported on a new study that shows that the way trucks are designed and configured has a major impact on what truck drivers are able to see from their cab (direct vision). The latest study by Loughborough Design School has analysed the direct vision and blind spots of top selling trucks in all vehicle categories (long-haul, construction, urban). The study shows that there are large differences between best and worst-in-class performance. Some delivery trucks have blind spots up to 1.9 metres even though the best in their class have virtually none and could save hundreds of pedestrian and cyclists’ lives.

RoadPeace’s Safer Lorries campaign has long called for the elimination of lorry blind spots to save the lives of pedestrians and cyclists. We welcome this new research which adds to the evidence base for the urgent need to eliminate lorry blind spots.
>> Find out more
RoadPeace members needed!
As members will know, RoadPeace recently won funding from the Local Sustainability Fund to strengthen and grow our membership and local group network, and to equip members and volunteers in supporting other crash victims and campaigning for justice and road danger reduction.

We are looking for members who would like to help us develop the materials that will underpin this work. Materials will include ‘how-to’ packs for peer supporters, campaigners, and fundraisers across a range of activities, including helpline volunteering and local support groups. We will be running half-day member workshops in September to gather your input.
>> If you’d like to take part, or find out more please get in touch

Summer reading!
RoadPeace member and long-distance cyclist Richard Evans has written a memoir of his adventures cycling round the world on a recumbent.  The book is now published and available to buy - perfect summer reading we think! Not only did Richard raise much needed funds for us during his trip, but all royalties from this book will be going to RoadPeace – thank you Richard for your ongoing generosity!
>> Purchase your copy of Laid Back Around the World in 180 days
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 17th August
Ceremonies of Remembrance
 - RoadPeace Wood, The National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire - Saturday 13th August
- Remembrance for Princess Diana, and All Crash Victims, Liverpool - Wednesday 31st August
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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