Brake (charity)

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Founded 1995 (1995)
Type Charity
Focus Road safety
Area served
Key people
CEO Mary Williams OBE
approx 35 [1]
Slogan Stopping the carnage, supporting the victims
Website Brake
Road safety week

Brake is a charity that operates internationally from its bases in the UK and New Zealand and was established in 1995. It coordinates Road Safety Week, inviting participation worldwide, and has many supporters worldwide in communities, companies (particularly those interested in managing their road risk through operation of fleets), emergency services, schools and all other sectors of society. It also provides support services for people bereaved and injured in road crashes and the professionals who care for them, including the emergency services. Its head office is based in the UK.


Brake was formed in 1995 by former transport journalist Mary Williams OBE. Mary Williams formed Brake with the aims of victim support and preventing road deaths and injuries through campaigns that were both community and policy oriented.[1] Mary Williams was awarded the OBE for her services to road safety in 2000.


The charity aims to promote awareness of road safety issues and care for road crash victims through a number of different services and campaigns. It founded and runs an annual Road Safety Week Road Safety Week and has various award schemes such as awarding UK Members of Parliament for services to road safety. It runs international conferences on key topics such as speeding and impaired driving. It has services for schools and pre-school organisations and runs a record-breaking Giant Walking Bus annually to campaign for community road safety.

It provides services for suddenly bereaved people, including helplines and online literature.

Its website provides links to the various services and campaigns activities of the organisation in the UK and worldwide.

See also[edit]

  • RoSPA
  • Think! - DfT's road safety campaign


  1. ^ a b "Stop the carnage on our roads". Yorkshire Evening Post. 2008-01-14. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 

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