A HUDDERSFIELD safety campaigner today urged: Remember the road victims.
Mary Williams, chief executive of road safety charity Brake, urged people not to ignore death on Britain's roads.
Her comments followed a report which said the victims of murder and manslaughter were often ignored.
Mrs Williams said: "Road death victims are the forgotten victims.
"For every family bereaved by murder, there are five bereaved by road crashes. Many of these crashes are horrendous, violent crimes committed by dangerous drivers that leave their victims burning to death, crushed to death or bleeding to death.
"In our experience, families who have lost a child, parent or sibling in a road crash are often deeply traumatised, yet receive no emotional support from the Government.
"The criminal justice system provides about £30m each year to Victim Support, to support victims of crime, including people affected by murder, through a network of trained volunteers and staff.
"Yet the only funding provided to support victims of road death is less than £40,000 a year for Brake's support literature. Yet road death victims outnumber murder victims by about five to one.
"Families bereaved by road deaths are often desperate for information and support, and some are not even allocated a police family liaison officer.
"The shock and trauma can feel unbearable.
"In our experience, many families resort to visiting their GP, only to be given addictive tranquillisers or sometimes put on a long waiting list for psychiatric help.
"Instead, families need immediate help that they don't have to seek out themselves and that is of quality.
"The Government needs to urgently fund charities such as Brake to provide this support.
"Additionally, it should ensure that GPs have the ability to quickly refer families who are later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress to counsellors."