Parliamentary Support for RoadPeace North East Victims’ Guide

Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Andy McDonald MP, has provided his support for RoadPeace North East’s victims’ guide which was launched today.

Andy McDonald, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport and Middlesbrough MP, and Mary Glindon, MP for North Tyneside, have strongly supported the launch of RoadPeace North East’s local Guide for victims of serious and fatal road crashes.

Meeting RoadPeace North East Chairman, David Robinson, at Westminster both MPs positively endorsed the Guide and welcomed its introduction in Cleveland Police and Durham Constabulary force areas; it is hoped the reach of the Guide will span further afield too.

Following the launch Andy McDonald MP and David Robinson, who is also a senior solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors who are members of RoadPeace’s Legal Panel, attended a radio interview with Metro Radio at a studio close to the Houses of Parliament; both commented on the need for a victim-centred approached, and Mr. McDonald expressed a clear need for a “zero target” approach to road deaths, as setting a target above that implies an acceptability of such road deaths, which is plainly wrong and offensive.

“Today is about putting victims first and giving them the answers to questions they might not even have thought about yet”, said David. “Victims are unexpectedly thrown into a world of medical and legal terminology, involving police, coroners and lawyers. This Guide is about breaking down the barriers of that world and ensuring there is simple and effective information and communication”.

Other local MPs have expressed their support of the Guide, and RoadPeace North East looks forward to discussing it further with them and ensuring road safety, and road death reduction, remains on the political agenda.