United Kingdom



Driving forward - Global Road Safety Week in 2007
23 April 2007 — Scotland, UK

RoSPA in Scotland will provide a central focus for road safety practitioners to highlight the work that goes on in road accident prevention in Scotland. Key partners will work together to raise the profile of road safety, particulary in respect of vulnerable road users, especially young drivers. These organisations include RoSPA, the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS), the Scottish Executive (Road Safety Scotland), the Institute of Road Safety Officers(IRSO) and Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland (SCOTS). A company will be employed to ensure co-ordinated Scotland-wide media activity. RoSPA will host web pages to enable the sharing of good practice.

Contact: Elizabeth Lumsden, Road Safety Manager, Scotland, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
Telephone: +44 131 449 9379, Fax: +44 131 449 9380
E-mail: elumsden@rospa.com
Web site: http://www.rospa.com/roadsafety

FedEx & Brake Road Safety Academy
23 April 2007 — Nationwide, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The FedEx & Brake Road Safety Academy is a partnership project by Brake and FedEx, providing free training and resources to volunteers and professionals to empower them to spread life-saving road safety education in their community. Nearly 1,000 Academy 'graduates' have been trained through the project to deliver powerful, awareness-raising road safety presentations to groups of young people, company drivers or parents. During the Global Road Safety Week, graduates will be particularly active, delivering presentations around the UK in schools, colleges, youth clubs, companies and community centres. Brake will be carrying out promotional work to: raise awareness about the shocking number of UK families affected by road death and injury and the role we can all play in making our roads safer; and to encourage more volunteers and professionals to get involved in the Academy and make a real difference in their community.

Contact: Jools Townsend, head of education, Brake, the road safety charity
Telephone: +44 1484 559909
E-mail: brake@brake.org.uk
Web site: http://www.brake.org.uk

First United Nations Road Safety Week
23 April 2007 — Ridgway Place, Wimbledon, United Kingdom

Road Safety Campaign in our road with support from residents to emphasise road safety, and in particular the dangers of speeding, to all road users (including cars, taxis, bikes, cyclists and walkers). We intend to use posters, banners, leaflets and lead a peaceful campaign to get the message across.

Contact: Hayley Colraine, Ridgway Place Residents' Association
Telephone: +44 2089468969
E-mail: hcolraine@aol.com

Launch of 'Bright Thinking for Cyclists' on www.3Mstreetwise.co.uk
20 April 2007 — Press release, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

3M, the diversified technology company, will be launching a new 'safe cycling' module on 3M Streetwise, its online child road safety teaching resource. In keeping with the original site, the new module, Bright Thinking for Cyclists, has many bright and interactive pages aimed at teachers, pupils and parents. It also features an animated film designed to allow for classroom discussion on safe and unsafe behaviours by cyclists. The launch of the new module is being timed to coincide with the United Nation's first Global Road Safety Week.

Contact: John Klee, 3M United Kingdom plc
Telephone: +44 1344 858516, Fax: +44 1344 862367
E-mail: john.klee@mmm.com
Web site: http://www.3Mstreetwise.co.uk

Library Displays
23 April 2007 — Stockbridge Library, Central Library, Morningside Library, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

For four weeks we will have a display of materials showing Road Safety Problem Globally then focussing on local problems, giving contact details for the offer of road safety presentations to target audiences, young drivers, older drivers, occupational drivers and motorbikers and educational resources to all road users in general and including materials specific to children as pedestrians.

Contact: Kathleen Braidwood, Lothian and Borders Police Headquarters
Telephone: +44 1313166384, Fax: +44 1313166401
E-mail: kathleen.braidwood@lbp.pnn.police.uk

Making roads safer and greener
26 April 2007 — Portcullis House, Room O, Westminister, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

A Meeting (12noon-2pm) of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Justice for Road Traffic Victims, on the benefits of Event Data Recorders (EDRs, or black boxes) and their potential to reduce law breaking, in particular speeding, and therefore reduce crashes, to reduce pollution through slower travel and fewer unnecessary trips, and to provide evidence in the event of crashes and hence greater justice, with presentations from Rob Marris MP and Chief Inspector Simon Lebbatt.

Contact: Brigitte Chaudhry, RoadPeace
Telephone: +44 2088385102, Fax: +44 2088385103
E-mail: brigitte.chaudhry@roadpeace.org
Web site: http://www.roadpeace.org

MAWWFRS UN Road Safety Support Event
27 April 2007 — Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service Area, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

This event will involve the fire and rescue service and other partners from the road safety community working together to raise awareness of the issues that face one of our most vulnerable road user groups, that is the 17-25 year old driver and his passengers. During 2005, the last year for which validated statistics are available, young drivers in Wales were involved in 3559 collisions, 435 of which resulted in either death or serious injury.

Contact: Wyn Cornelius, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Telephone: +44 870 6060699, extension 2239
E-mail: w.cornelius@mawwfire.gov.uk

National Road Safety Forum
25 April 2007 — Birmingham, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Mott MacDonald's Road Safety experts converge at Birmingham's Aston University to share knowledge about road safety issues - including the development of an in house computer-based system for road safety audit which it hopes to make available to developing countries. The event includes presentations on crash investigation, accidents involving roadside objects and speed management.

Contact: Martin Heath, Mott MacDonald
Telephone: +44 1412224628
E-mail: martin.heath@mottmac.com

Panel Discussion: 'Murder Most Foul' revisited: Are we doing enough for our young people or are we still blaming the most vulnerable?
26 April 2007 — The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, County Hall, Westminster, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

A discussion (2.30-4.30pm) on the issue of who should have priority on our roads, between panelists from relevant national and London government departments and campaigners, and those involved in child health and well-being and road safety - based on the 1947 pamphlet 'Murder Most Foul', in which JS Dean condemns the expectation that vulnerable road users - pedestrians and cyclists - should assume more responsibility for their safety than those who actually pose the harm in motor vehicles.

Contact: Brigitte Chaudhry, RoadPeace
Telephone: +44 2088385102, Fax: +44 20 88385103
E-mail: brigitte.chaudhry@roadpeace.org
Web site: http://www.roadpeace.org

Promotion of Event Data Recorders (black boxes) in all vehicles
23 April 2007 — In countries where the road crash victim organisations affiliated to FEVR are active, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

To protect the lives of young people, FEVR and its member organisations are calling for Event Data Recorders (EDRs or black boxes) to be installed in all vehicles, including those of young drivers, on the grounds of their potential to reduce crashes, unnecessary driving and to aid crash investigations and therefore justice.

Contact: Brigitte Chaudhry, European Federation of Road Traffic Victims, FEVR
Telephone: +44 2089641800, Fax: +44 2089641800
E-mail: brigitte.chaudhry@roadpeace.org

Rally for Safer Roads
23 April 2007 — One Great George Street, Westminster, United Kingdom

The Make Roads Safe campaign is organising a 'Rally for Safer Roads' in London in support of the UN's Global Road Safety Week. Keynote speakers at the event will include Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP, UK Secretary of State for Transport, Michael Schumacher and HRH Prince Michael of Kent. Panel discussions at the Rally will include "Road safety and the Millennium Development Goals"; "Road safety for children and young drivers"; and "Taking action for global road safety"; with speakers from organisations including the World Bank, Taskforce for Child Survival & Development, UK Department for Transport and OECD.

Contact: Saul Billingsley, FIA Foundation
Telephone: +44 207 747 5180
E-mail: s.billingsley@fiafoundation.com
Web site: http://www.makeroadssafe.org/unweek/

Reprint of 'Murder most Foul; A Study of the Road Deaths Problem', by JS Dean
23 April 2007 — RoadPeace offices, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

This pamphlet, which highlights that the burden of road traffic injury is disproportionately borne by vulnerable road users, who are expected to assume more responsibility than drivers of motor vehicles, is reprinted by RoadPeace, with support from KeyMed, on the occasion of its 60th anniversary, since its message - that road danger must be reduced - is highly relevant on the occasion of the 1st UN Global Road Safety Week dedicated to the safety of young road users.

Contact: Brigitte Chaudhry, RoadPeace
Telephone: +44 20 8838 5102, Fax: +44 20 8838 5103
E-mail: brigitte.chaudhry@roadpeace.org
Web site: http://www.roadpeace.org

When Lives Collide
23 April 2007 — Whitehall Waterfront, Leeds, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

A photographic exhibition of road crash scenes and bereaved road victims, by award winning photographer Paul Wenham-Clarke, who worked on this topic with RoadPeace, UK's national charity for road traffic victims, and their members, is held until 28th April. Entrance is free and the Gallery is open from 10am to 6pm.

Contact: Amy Aeron-Thomas, RoadPeace
Telephone: +44 2088385102, Fax: +44 2088385103
E-mail: amy.aeronthomas@roadpeace.org
Web site: http://www.whenlivescollide.co.uk