As part of our partnership with RoadPeace, we supported the charity’s West Midlands branch with the launch of its Remain and Report campaign – which aims to hold drivers accountable if they leave the scene of a fatal or serious injury crash and fail to report to the police in time to be tested for drink/drug driving.
Our CFG team helped RoadPeace West Midlands and their partners in the campaign, Action Vision Zero, prepare for the launch and to host the launch event at the Houses of Parliament, where a number of MPs gave their support.
The Remain and Report campaign calls for:
- New charges of failing to remain at the scene of a serious injury and fatal collision – proposing penalties similar to that caused by disqualified drivers (four years imprisonment for serious injury collision and 10 years for fatal collision).
- Requirement to report – proposing drivers in crashes should have to report to the emergency services and to the police within two hours.
- Licence suspension – proposing that any driver arrested on suspicion of this charge should have their licence suspended and it should be a licence condition that applies to all drivers arrested on suspicion of an offence that carries a mandatory driving ban.
- Terminology – there is nothing accidental about a driver choosing to leave the scene of a crash. This new charge should refer to collision or crash—not accident.
We will continue to back this important campaign alongside our wider campaigning work with RoadPeace nationally on improving road safety across the UK.