There are a number of families within our West Midlands support group who have had loved ones killed in ‘hit-and-run’ collisions, including the local group coordinator, Lucy. These families have been left with an overriding sense that failing to remain at the scene of a collision is not treated with the seriousness it deserves.
Therefore, a ‘Remain and Report’ campaign has been created by the RoadPeace West Midlands Local Group, working together with Amy Aeron-Thomas of Action Vision Zero. Their campaign calls for:
- New criminal charges of failing to remain at the scene of a serious or fatal collision
- A reduction in the reporting time allowed after a collision (currently up to 24 hours)
- Immediate licence suspension for those arrested on suspicion of causing a serious injury or fatal collision
- The government to change the terminology used in legislation and refer to collision not accident.
Amy and Lucy now hold a campaign meeting on the first Tuesday of each month – and anyone bereaved by ‘hit-and-run’, or interested in this work, is welcome to join. In addition, they have launched a petition around the need to change terminology, which can be found here:
If you would like to get involved please email Lucy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Updated on: 24 June 2022