South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership
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    The primary objective of the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership (SYSRP) is to reduce the number of people killed or injured as a result of road traffic collisions and to make South Yorkshire roads safer.

    To support this we will work towards a 'Safe System' approach, which provides a more forgiving road system that is designed to protect people from death and serious injury. To do this we need to improve the safety of all parts of the system - roads and roadsides, speeds, vehicles, and road use - so that if one part fails, other parts will still protect the people involved.

    In the period 2006 to 2015 killed and seriously injured (KSI) casualties in South Yorkshire showed a marked reduction. In 2006 a total of 626 KSI casualties were recorded, in 2015 this had reduced by 36% to 401. There has of course been fluctuations through this extended period and these have been monitored and steps taken to address emerging trends or significant changes in any particular group.

    Unfortunately in 2016, following the introduction of a new data capture system* by South Yorkshire Police, despite the overall number of casualties remaining at a similar level, there has been a marked increase in the number of serious casualties recorded and the total of KSI casualties for this year was 616. Following this increase, coupled with declining resources, we need to make sure that we are delivering as effectively as possible to our target audience; reaching the right people, with the right message or intervention, at the right time. More in depth and sophisticated analysis of the casualty data, coupled with a more robust evaluation process will help us to do this.

    We use the 3 E’s of EducationEngineering and Enforcement to further drive down the number of casualties on South Yorkshire roads. As a result of our commitment to delivering this strategy the public of South Yorkshire can expect to see:

    • an extensive programme of community engagement and publicity activity, particularly focused on the main casualty groups including young people aged 17-24 years, in a bid to achieve a shift in attitudes and behaviour towards safer roads use
    • a programme of safer roads engineering schemes and local safety schemes of approximately £1.6m per year
    • more police and camera enforcement of road traffic laws in a bid to tackle poor driver behaviour which can negatively impact on road safety


    Based on the fact that 2016 has seen a large rise in the KSI casualty number, we have set a target for the period up to 2020 of 3% per year for KSI casualties and 4% per year for all casualties.. There are some major challenges ahead in road safety which we will have to adapt and respond to in future years; increasing traffic levels and associated impacts on the environment and our health, advances in driver assistance systems and automated vehicle technology and potential policy changes at a national and European level. All this will need to be managed against a backdrop of reducing public sector funding and the resulting impacts this will have on building, operating and maintaining our road network. This document sets out our overarching approach to providing an intelligence-led casualty reduction service over the next 10 years. More details about specific activity is contained within our SRP action plans and operational plans. An annual plan will summarise our progress and set out our priorities for the coming year. 

    It is our hope that all our partners and stakeholders, working together with our communities, businesses and individual members of the public will join together to help deliver improvements in road safety. By adopting positive attitudes and behaviours and sharing the responsibility for road safety outcomes we can make a big difference and prevent the needless pain, grief and suffering associated with each and every road traffic collision.


    *The Collision Recording and Sharing (CRASH) system is a data collection tool being rolled out by the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Home Office. It is has been adopted in around half of the Police Forces in the UK and ensures the data to be input and stored in standard formats set out by the DfT, as such it has standardised the way that the severity of serious casualties is defined, thus removing the responsibility of this decision from the attending Officer.

  • For further information about SYSRP and our campaigns and initiatives, or if you have any queries, then contact us using this form, drop an email to or telephone 01709 832455 and ask for the Safer Roads Office.

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