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‘No need to speed’ theme announced for Road Safety Week 2020

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The theme for UK Road Safety Week 2020 has been announced as ‘No need to speed’, following findings that a quarter of people think vehicles travel at a safe speed on the street they live on.

Coordinated by Brake, the road safety charity, Road Safety Week 2020 will take place between November 16-22 and will encourage everyone to learn the what, why and the where of speed and will highlight that the speed of traffic matters to people’s safety.

‘No need to speed’ was chosen as the theme for Road Safety Week 2020 following the findings of the ‘How safe are the streets where you live?’ survey, conducted online by Brake over the past year.

The survey of over 1,700 members of the UK public, found that only a quarter believe that vehicles travel at a safe speed on the street where they live.

Brake also found that six in ten people feel that the speed of traffic on their street negatively affects their wellbeing and two-thirds identify motorised traffic as the biggest threat to their health and safety on their street.

The week-long Road Safety Week campaign is supported by funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) and headline sponsors DHL and Specsavers and will use the collective voice of members of the public, schools, communities, organisations and the emergency services to demonstrate that there is ‘no need to speed’ on the road.

To participate in Road Safety Week, people are invited to register for a free action pack.

Joshua Harris, director of campaigns at Brake, said: “Road Safety Week provides a unique opportunity, every year, to focus attention on how the safety of our roads impacts all our daily lives.

“Speed plays a part in every crash and just 1mph can mean the difference between life and death on the roads. This Road Safety Week we want to help everyone understand why speed matters and to join together to say there is ‘no need to speed’ on our roads."

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