Brake launches campaign for crash victim funding

12.00 | 5 July 2012 |

Brake has launched a new campaign urging to the Government to use proposed increases in motoring fines to step up support for road crash victims.

The campaign was launched at a reception in Parliament yesterday (4 July), days after the Government announced plans to inject a further £50m in improving support for victims, which Brake says will be partly generated by a rise in fines collected from law-breaking drivers.

Julie Townsend, Brake deputy chief executive, said: “Road crashes are sudden events that leave families reeling with shock and struggling to cope with the practical and emotional consequences. These families desperately need help and support, but often are left out in the cold.

“While victims of burglary are automatically offered face-to-face support funded by Government, there is no such offer for bereaved and seriously injured crash victims.

“It is vital the Government recognises the profound needs of road crash victims, and their right to appropriate support, given that they are suffering due to man-made, preventable and often criminal events.

“The Government is planning to increase fines for law-breaking, dangerous drivers; these funds should be ploughed into developing comprehensive support that’s available to all serious crash victims, to help these families cope.”

For more information contact Brake on 01484 559909.


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