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RoadPeace
The national charity for road crash victims

Dear friend

This week a new nation-wide Drive for Justice campaign has been launched in local and regional newspapers supporting many of the calls of RoadPeace's long standing justice campaign.

Read on to find out more - as well an opportunity to lobby your MP to support two upcoming parliamentary events on the sentencing of driving offences, and drink driving.

With best wishes
From the RoadPeace Team

In this issue:

Campaign for Justice

Drive for Justice
Driving Offences debate continues in Parliament


Supporting families after road death and injury
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims in pictures

Safer streets for all
Tackling unsafe mobile phone use
Drink driving campaigners

Get involved
Christmas cards
Become a member

Dates for your diary
Baronness Jones relaunches our APPG for Justice on Our Roads at our 2016 AGM
Campaign for Justice
New Drive for Justice campaign
A new Drive for Justice campaign was launched this week by Johnston Media calling for changes in the law to make sentencing fit the crime for those who kill or seriously injure people on our roads. And whilst the launch focused on prison sentences, the campaign’s calls, which RoadPeace helped shape, are wider and include:
  1. Re-work sentencing guidelines and provide specialist training for judges
  2. Give tougher sentences for the worst offenders
  3. Have all culpable deaths treated as manslaughter /culpable homicide
  4. Have more - and longer - driving bans handed out to those whose driving results in or risks injury and death
  5. Examine how people are prosecuted for the lesser charge of death by 'careless' driving rather than death by 'dangerous' driving
  6. Close the Hit and Run loopholes, as the current summary offence of Fail to Stop is inadequate
  7. Have even tougher sentences for those who offend while drink or drug driving, using excessive speed, are disqualified /unlicensed, or who are using their mobile phones
Thank you to all of our members and supporters who responded to last month’s request to provide examples of why this campaign is needed. Drive for Justice, as promised, is being run in many local and regional newspapers - and also includes a dedicated investigation team. 
 
>> Read more here and sign their petition
>> And if you haven’t yet read it, please see our briefing on Manslaughter

 
Driving offences debate continues in Parliament
Please encourage your Member of Parliament to attend the Westminster Hall debate on sentencing of driving offences on the 30th November (at 4 pm).  Even better if you can go with them. This debate is being organised by Susan Elan Jones, the MP for Clwyd South, and a long term campaigner for fairer sentences for law breaking on our roads.

>> See our website for our concerns around sentencing


 
Supporting families after road death and injury
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims in pictures
Thank you to everyone who took part in remembrance activities to  honour the lives of crash victims as part of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.  If you have any photos from your #WDR2016 activities please share them on our Facebook page, or send them to the office and we can add them for you.

>> Our photos from services in London, Bath and Liverpool
Tealight bike
Safer streets for all
 
Tackling unsafe mobile phone use
For at least one week, the police got tough on drivers using mobile phones. Using a mobile phone whilst driving is known to be at least as, if not more, dangerous than drink driving. But the proposed penalties still treat it as careless, rather than dangerous. RoadPeace is calling for the Government to sanction this offence as it does drink driving, starting with mandatory disqualification after a casualty collision.

>> Find out more by visiting our updated webpage, including an analysis of the prosecutions and penalties given to drivers using their mobile phones.


Drink driving campaigners - another Parliamentary opportunity
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Harm is hosting an event highlighting the impact of alcohol harm on the emergency services, from 12-2 pm on 6th December in the Jubilee Room in the Houses of Westminster.

RoadPeace will continue to campaign for the driving offence review to include new charges and tougher penalties for drink drivers who cause serious injury. At present, they only face the summary charge of Drink Driving and a maximum prison sentence of six months .

>> If you are able to attend the event with your MP, please email kdonaldson@ias.org.uk

 
Team Bolt Burdon Kemp at the Royal Parks Half Marathon 2016
Get involved
Send RoadPeace Christmas cards to family and friends this Christmas
If you haven't done so already, please consider sending RoadPeace Christmas cards to friends and family this year. We know that Christmas can be a particularly difficult time of the year for many RoadPeace members, but also that many like to support us by doing this. All proceeds come directly to RoadPeace to support our work helping families after road death and injury, and please note that orders should be placed before 5th December.

>> More information here

Are you a member?
In case you missed it, our Autumn newsletter has been sent to all members and supporters - and is full of updates and key developments from the criminal and civil justice system of interest to crash victims and campaigners, as well as members' news.

If you'd like to receive a copy of this and future issues, why not join us as a member? We rely on an active and thriving membership to support our work, and now than ever we need to strengthen our voice and our numbers. Please become a member today!
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 - the next meeting is in January, contact Belina
RoadPeace North East group meeting – contact David
RoadPeace North West group meeting - Wednesday 4th January - Merseyside Police HQ
RoadPeace South West group meeting – contact Steve
RoadPeace West Midlands group meeting - contact Belina

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