BRAKE offers free road safety training


Brake, the road safety charity, is urging the people of Somerset to improve young people’s road safety by attending a free training course in memory of four-year-old Mitzi Steady….reports Asian Lite News

Tom Ingram (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport Toyota AvensisMitzi was one of four people who lost their lives when they were hit by a truck in the village of Weston on Monday 9 February 2015. The other victims were Phil Allen, 52, and Stephen Vaughan, 34, from Swansea and Robert Parker, 59, of Cwmbran. Mitzi’s grandmother was also injured in the crash.

The 19-year-old truck driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and manslaughter by gross negligence. The teenager’s boss, a 28-year-old man, was also arrested on suspicion of causing manslaughter by gross negligence. Both are waiting to answer police bail.

A fundraising appeal in aid of Brake was launched by the Steady family just days after the toddler tragically died. And thanks to people’s generosity, the charity will run one of its acclaimed road safety training courses in Bath on Tuesday 8 December 2015. The course will be free for all to attend.

Brake’s Engaging Young People training course provides attendees with the tools to deliver engaging and innovative training on road safety to people between the ages of 11 and 25.

Educators, community campaigners, driving instructors, emergency services personnel, bereaved road crash victims and young people themselves are invited to attend the course at Bath University.

Delivered by an experienced trainer, this essential course includes information on how to engage young people in road safety, key educational messages, and interactive activities for communicating safety information.

Course attendees are shown how to run discussion-based workshops around six core principles of road safety, asking young people to drive:

  • Slow – within speed limits
  • Sober – free from alcohol or drugs
  • Sharp – not tired, ill or with poor eyesight
  • Silent – with phone switched off and out of reach
  • Secure – belted up in a safe vehicle
  • Sustainable – only when you have to

All attendees will receive a range of electronic resources, including slides, film clips and links to advice and information, plus a free hard-copy pack of posters and leaflets. They will also get a free year’s membership to Brake Professional, providing free guidance and tools for road safety professionals, and road safety research from around the globe.

There are a limited number of places available and priority will be given to those living in the Bath area. For more information or to book online, visit the Brake website or contact Brake on 01484 559909 or

Thanks to money raised by the Steady family, Brake will also produce educational resources and offer free memberships to its Brake Professional scheme for fleet and road safety professionals in the Bath area. More details will be announced in the near future.

Dave Nichols, professional engagement officer at Brake, said: “We are deeply grateful to Mitzi’s family for launching a fundraising appeal and to all those who were so generous in donating. As a small charity we depend on brave and generous fundraisers like the Steady family, which enables us to deliver our much-needed work, from supporting people bereaved and injured by road crashes to running our training courses to prevent further tragedies. Road crashes are the biggest cause of disability and death among young people, which is why it’s vital we reach this age group, whether or not they are drivers themselves, before it’s too late. Our course provides tools to help trainers to make a real impact and end the carnage on Somerset’s roads; I urge anyone who wants to act to keep young people safe to attend.”