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Road Safety Week is a UK-wide community-involvement event organised annually by Brake, the road safety charity. Each year focusses on a different theme.

Brake also launches the Week with a national media story to help raise awareness. 

Road Safety Week 2017 - Speed Down Save Lives

This year our Speed Down Save Lives campaign is raising awareness about the dangers posed on our roads by people who drive too fast.

We have obtained exclusive figures to show that one in five (20%) patients admitted to trauma centres were involved in road crashes in 2016. Road collisions were the second largest cause of trauma admissions, after falls from less than two metres.
Last year, 11,486 road users – the equivalent of 31 a day – were admitted to trauma centres in England and Wales with life-threatening injuries.
The regions with the highest proportion of road collision trauma patients were the Thames Valley (25%), North West London (23%), the West Midlands (23%), the East Midlands (22%) and East England (22%).
Brake commissioned an analysis by the Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN), which records information about patients admitted to trauma centres, set up to deal with the most severe injuries in England and Wales.

For the full story, read here.

Journalists' note: Media launches and community events will take place across the UK during the Week and regional press releases will be available. If you have any enquiries about the Week, call 01484 559909 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Press releases:

Speeding offences rise by a third to reach six year high 24 November 2017
Road collisions responsible for 1 in 5 trauma admissions to hospital
20 November 2017
Provisional statistics show almost 10,000 injured on Scottish roads 20 November 2017
Road safety charity and children’s TV presenter launch new short film for schools
November 2017
One month until UK Road Safety Week - BriteAngle revealed as new headline sponsor October 2017
Register for UK Road Safety Week and get free resources to help drivers Speed Down Save Lives June 2017
Date and theme announced: Speed Down Save Lives
 April 2017

 

Read press releases from previous years in our news archive.

Learn more about events people ran in previous years on our 'You did it!' page.

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