The overall number of people killed or injured on South Yorkshire’s roads in 2018 has gone down by almost 14 per cent– according to statistics released this week.
The Department for Transport figures show that from January 2018 to December 2018 the number of overall casualties dropped to 3,326 meaning there were 532 fewer people injured or killed than in 2017.
The figures also show that the number of reported collisions in the county was at its lowest for almost four decades despite a 2.5 per cent increase in traffic on the county’s roads.
But although the number of people slightly injured went down, there was a 6 per cent rise in the number of serious injuries and 45 people were killed on our roads – one more than in 2017.
Joanne Wehrle, South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership (SYSRP) manager said: “While it is real progress to see that the number of overall casualties and collisions is going down, tragically 45 people still lost their lives.
“One life lost is one too many and for every fatality, a family is torn apart and their lives turned upside down.
“We will continue to do everything we can to change this and by promoting positive attitudes and behaviour, we can make a big difference to prevent needless pain and suffering.
“However we can’t do this alone, we need communities, businesses and members of the public to work together to share our roads safely.”
SYSRP was set up in 2009 to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads.
The partnership is made up of the four local authorities, South Yorkshire Police (SYP), South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive.
Superintendent Paul McCurry, head of SYP’s Operational Support Unit, said: “We are committed to making the roads of South Yorkshire a safer place for users.
“My team of roads policing officers work with colleagues in the Safety Camera Partnership to ensure that those who are willing to put their lives and those of others at risk, are educated, caught and prosecuted.
“We carry our regular patrols and operations to tackle various driving offences and will continue to do so, as one life taken is one too many.
“We will work with our partners to explore a range of solutions to help reduce the number of casualties. I want to reassure the public and also ensure we are able to respond to community concerns.”
Statistics for 2018 show that car users made up the highest percentage of all casualties, followed by pedestrians and two-wheeled riders, including motorbikes and pedal cycles.
Seventeen to 24-year-olds represented the highest percentage of overall casualties involved in collisions.
Steve Helps, area manager for SYFRS and vice-chairman of SYSRP said: “Our programme of intervention is focussed around what the statistics tell us to ensure that we are targeting the right resources in the right places.
“We want everyone to be a road safety ambassador and to think about how their behaviour affects everyone.
“These statistics are your statistics, resulting from your actions with the consequences being felt in your communities.”
SYSRP’s road safety interventions include:
- Free scooter and moped training for 16-24-year-olds (CBT Plus) with the overall aim of shifting attitudes and changing behaviour
- Young driver safety sessions including classroom presentations, driving theory, hazard perceptions and 360 degree experience technology
- Free first aid and collision scene management course for motorcyclists (BikerDown!)
Education programme for primary school children across South Yorkshire (Jessie’s Journey / Scootability)
- Education programme for secondary school pupils (Highway, Collision, Ghost Street)
- Bespoke courses for businesses whose staff drive for work (Safer Driving at Work)
- Close partnership work with SYP Operational Support Unit and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
- Road safety interventions for young offenders and those young people at risk of becoming involved in criminal activity
- In depth analysis of casualty data to direct our activity and evaluation at every stage of delivery
- Regular road safety campaigns using social media platforms, paid for advertising as well as traditional media channels
- Road safety stalls at community events across South Yorkshire.