South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership
  09 Sep 2019Latest figures show a reduction in the overall number of casualties and collisions

The overall number of people killed or injured on South Yorkshire’s roads in 2018 went down down by almost 14 per cent– according to statistics released today (Monday 9 September).


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.


Although the number of people slightly injured went down, there was a six 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.


“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank those people who are already using our roads responsibly.”


SYSRP was set up in 2009 to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured in collisions. The partnership is made up of four local authorities, South Yorkshire Police (SYP), South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (SYFRS) and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE).


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 that 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 focused around what the statistics tell us to ensure that we are targeting the right resources in the right places.


“We want as many people as possible to be road safety ambassadors and to think about how their behaviour affects each other.”

 To view the 2018 dashboards for each district as well as South Yorkshire as a whole please go to our Data Portal.