Handsfree Group is shouting out that there is No Need to Speed this UK Road Safety Week
Handsfree Group is taking part in the UK’s biggest road safety event, Road Safety Week (16-22 November), coordinated by Brake, the road safety charity, and sponsored by Specsavers and DHL. This year, thousands of organisations, schools and community groups sharing the what, the why and the where of speed, because whether you’re walking to school, riding on a country road or driving for work, the speed of traffic matters to your safety.
Speed is important because it plays a part in every death and injury on our roads. The formula is simple: the higher the speed the harder the crash and the greater the risk of death and injury. This year’s Road Safety Week theme, ‘No Need to Speed’, is a reminder to everyone of how the speed they travel affects other people.
Brake is urging everyone to remember that speed matters for everyone’s safety, health and wellbeing. By taking part in Road Safety Week, you can help inspire people to learn what safe speeds are, schools to teach young people about how their local streets can have safer speeds, and organisations to step up their policies and procedures to ensure that their employees always travel at speeds that are safe and appropriate for the roads.
Josh Harris, director of campaigns at Brake, said: “In a crash, just 1mph can mean the difference between life and death, but sadly we know that many people still regularly break the speed limit or travel too fast for the conditions of the road. With someone injured on a UK road every four minutes, and vehicle speed playing a part in every crash, it’s never been more important that we all shout out that there is No Need to Speed.”
Brake is a national road safety and sustainable transport charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies.
We do this through national campaigns, community, education, and services for professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK’s flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.
Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties
Road Safety Week
Road Safety Week is the UK’s flagship event to promote safer road use, coordinated annually by the charity Brake and involving thousands of schools, communities and organisations across the country. Road Safety Week 2020 takes place 16-22 November, with support from the Department for Transport and sponsors Specsavers and DHL.