Brake Charity’s Road Safety Week 2020
This week is 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. 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. This year, thousands of organisations, schools and community groups are sharing the what, the why and the where of speed for road safety week, 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 at affects other people.
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.”
Here at Click 24, we try to ensure that all of our drivers travel at safe speeds. In all of our company vehicles we have trackers built in which verbally communicate with the driver throughout their journey. One of the warnings is a ‘reduce your speed’ warning which is alerted if the driver is travelling above the speed limit. This is then repeated over and over again until the driver slows their speed.