Speed Down Save Lives

Everyone at Brake would like to say a massive 'thank you' to all those who took part in Road Safety Week 2017. Thousands of organisations, schools and community groups got involved and supported the Speed Down Save Lives campaign, helping Brake to raise public awareness of the dangers of driving too fast. 

We've had some great images and feedback from your events! There's still time to tell us what you did during the Week and feature on our Road Safety Week website. And remember, it's never too early to register for next year.

GET INVOLVED: Tell us about your 2017 events, and register for Road Safety Week 2018.

The consequences of crashes

One in five (20%) of the patients admitted to trauma centres were involved in road crashes in 2016, and road collisions were the second largest cause of trauma admissions, after falls from less than two metres, according to figures released by Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN) during Road Safety Week.

Travelling at higher speeds increases the distance it takes to stop in an emergency - both in terms of thinking and braking time - increasing the severity of any crash, the risk of loss of life and the extent of serious injury.

This is why Brake is calling for a default 20mph limit in all built-up areas, increased enforcement and 'Intelligent Speed Adaptation', which helps drivers stay within the limit, to be fitted as standard to new vehicles.  

Find out more: For more information on Brake's campaigns, visit the Brake website

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Beep Beep! Days

Beep Beep! Days are back!

Schools, nurseries, playgroups and childminders who work with children aged 2-7 can now register to run a Beep Beep! Day in 2018.

Everyone who registers will receive free resources designed to help them run their activities on different road safety topics. The next nationwide Beep Beep! days will take place on 7 March, 13 June and 21 November 2018.

Take action: To find out more about our Beep Beep! Days and register, click here!


Family Liaison Officer Awards

Brake's Family Liaison Officer (FLO) Awards, celebrating the work of Police Family Liaison Officers across the UK, will open for entries on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

There are two categories open for nominations - the first allows families to nominate the FLO who supported them; and the second allows members of the Police to recognise the achievements of a colleague. 

Take action: Click here to find out more!


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Brake's tree of remembrance 

Take a look at our tree of remembrance, a place where we can remember those lost as a result of road crashes.

For every bow dedicated, we will send a yellow bow pin badge in the post.

Get involved: Click here to share your messages of remembrance!

Get involved!

Are you interested in helping to help raise money to support Brake in 2018?

Belfast Abseil (Sun 22 April): Abseil 120ft down the front of the iconic Europa hotel in the heart of Belfast city centre. More information available here.

London Abseil (Sat 19 May): Dare you undertake the UK's highest free-fall abseil down the Orbit sculpture at the Olympic Park Stadium? More information available here.

Welsh Zip Slide (Sat 2 June): Is this the closest experience to flying? Zip at 100 mph down  Europe's longest and the world's fastest zip line. More information available here.

Nottingham Parachute Party (Sat 30 June): Join other Brake dare-devils at our Parachute Party and jump out of an aeroplane at 15,000ft. More information available here.

West Midlands Abseil (Sun 1 July): Abseil the 30m descent down the side of the iconic Arts Gallery in the centre of Walsall. More information available here

Cycle London to Brighton (Sun 16 September): Leave the buzz of the city behind and join fellow cyclists all facing the challenge of the 54-mile journey from London to Brighton. More information available here

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Best wishes

Thank you for all of your support during 2017, we look forward to continuing to work with you all in the new year.  Best wishes from all of the Brake team!

Brake's accredited helpline is available to anyone in the UK who has been bereaved or seriously injured in a crash or their carers.

Freephone 0808 8000 401 from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday, or email

The Brake Helpline will be closed for the Christmas break from 4pm on Friday 22 December.  We will open again as normal at 10am on Tuesday 2  January.

If you need support before we are next available, please visit our online support guides or read these webpages where there is information about coping after a road crash, or contact the Samaritans on 116 123 if you want to talk to somebody.