Last reviewed 10 November 2023
Taking place between 19 and 25 November, Road Safety Week 2023 aims to bring communities and professionals together to talk about speed. Organised by road safety charity Brake and sponsored by Arval, DHL and Autoglass, it supports the Department for Transport's Think! Campaign.
Brake explains that it wants to promote discussions about why speeding is thought of as acceptable in some situations, what happens when drivers speed and why reducing speed saves lives.
With full details of the Week available here, together with resources to encourage participation, it asks: “Five people die on UK roads every day, so why do we still think it’s OK to speed? Take part in Road Safety Week 2023 and join the national conversation.”
Lesson plans, assemblies and other activities are provided to help to teach children and young people about road safety. Brake encourages the use of its kids manifesto for safe and healthy journeys to call for 20mph speed limits near schools.
More material aimed at children and schools, including posters, games and several PowerPoint presentations, can be found here with “everything you need for lesson plan 1, Stepping stones to road safety” available here.
Brake also offers support to employers, making that point that, “whether your employees drive for work or for personal use, Road Safety Week is a great time to show staff, customers, suppliers and the wider community that road safety is embedded in your culture.”
The #Brake5 Challenge is a fundraiser for Road Safety Week to raise money for Brake’s work campaigning for safer streets and supporting families affected by road crashes. Fundraisers can create their own active challenge centred around the number five — running, walking or cycling any distance from five to 555 miles, depending on their abilities and their ambitions.
This year’s campaign will see a day for each group connected with Road Safety Week — including the emergency services, educators, road crash victims and fleet operators — with full details available here.