Making South Yorkshire Safer

South Yorkshire annual road deaths at record low

Apr 05 2012

The number of people killed on South Yorkshire roads reaches record low according to new figures.

Statistics from the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership show that a total of 30 people were killed on the county’s roads in 2011, the lowest figure since South Yorkshire records began. The overall number of people injured in road traffic collisions also continued on a downward trend.

Chief Superintendent Keith Lumley from South Yorkshire Police, Chair of the Safer Roads Partnership said:

“Ten years ago in 2002, 63 people died on South Yorkshire roads compared to 30 in 2011. This is testament to the hard work and dedication of our teams within the Safer Roads Partnership to make every road user safer. Every death is however a tragedy and we will strive to reduce further the numbers of people killed on our roads through what we know are successful reduction methods. 

“We will continue to run initiatives that have an impact in reducing risk and casualties, these include a range of targeted educational based activities and road based engineering improvements.  Police enforcement will also target those drivers who speed, drink and drive, drive while under the influence of drugs, illegally use mobile phones, don’t wear seatbelts or drive in a dangerous manner. Prosecution is often a last resort but if it is proportionate and modifies driving behaviour leading to a life being saved  then it is worth it.

Ken Wheat, South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership Manager said:

“In addition to the record low for the number of people killed on the county’s roads, the figures also show that killed and seriously injured casualties are down by 8.7% based on the 3 year average.


It is a gratifying that we have reached this record low and I would like to thank the public of South Yorkshire who have played a key role in helping us to reach this point.


“Estimates show that each death on the roads costs the economy an estimated £1.8 million, more importantly behind each death there is a grieving family that has lost a loved one who cannot be replaced. For this reason the Partnership will proactively seek to continuously improve in this vital area of public health and wellbeing”.

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