Posted on Tuesday 14th May 2024 in All Road Users, Education and Training

The RoadPeace Challenge is an annual awareness-raising and fundraising week of action that takes place in May during UN Global Road Safety Week. RoadPeace is the national charity for road crash victims in the UK. We provide information and support services to people bereaved or seriously injured in road crashes and engage in evidence based policy and campaigning work to fight for justice for victims and reduce road danger. Their vision is for a world where road danger is not tolerated and where road crash victims receive justice and compassion.

Between Monday 13th and Sunday 19th of May, emergency services, bereaved families, businesses and communities will be collectively walking, cycling, running and horse riding 1,766 miles – in honour of the 1,766 people reported killed in collisions on the UK’s roads in 2022.

RoadPeace exist to support and empower those bereaved and injured by road crashes and their families; to improve the justice system’s post-crash response and to spare future generations from preventable death and injury. As a membership charity, they put victims at the heart of their work, equipping them to support other victims, campaign for change and shape RoadPeace’s work. They work for and with victims centres around:

  • Supporting victims to cope with their trauma, through emotional and peer support
  • Remembering those who have been killed or seriously injured in road crashes by organising acts of remembrance; offering support and solidarity to the bereaved and highlighting the devastating toll of road death
  • Empowering victims with information and helping them to achieve justice
  • Campaigning for reform of the justice system, so that it is fairer for victims and reduces road danger
  • Challenging society’s complacency towards risk on our roads

“RoadPeace has helped me so much. I’m glad there’s a place to go when you feel so isolated and alone.” – Bereaved Daughter

RoadPeace Challenge 2024: 1766 Miles Together – RoadPeace

Sussex Safer Roads Partnership staff were joined by colleagues from Brighton and Hove City Council, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, South East Coast Ambulance Service, Sussex Police, and West Sussex County Council at Hove Lawns for a minute’s silence to remember the victims of road traffic collisions. Partners collectively walked over 200 miles from two locations, with journeys ending at the Peace Statue in Hove.

44 individuals sadly lost their lives in Sussex in the last year – one death is too many and SSRP are striving to change the narrative on this issue, with a focus on reducing incidents and not accepting these as unavoidable accidents.

National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) Roads Policing Lead and Sussex Police’s Chief Constable Jo Shiner said:

“The RoadPeace challenge provides an opportunity for us to stand together with road crash victims and bereaved families. We must continue to work together to reduce death and serious injury on our roads. I am passionate about reducing the number of families that suffer that immense, avoidable and lasting loss”.

Sussex Safer Roads Partnership are encouraging Sussex residents to complete a minimum of 44 minutes’ exercise per day, in memory of victims, reporting number of miles covered to SSRP via, emphasising the shared responsibility to make Sussex roads safer.

Our album of images taken during the RoadPeace Challenge is now available here on our website over in our gallery!

Check it out👇

Photo Galleries | Sussex Safer Roads Partnership