Massive increase in road deaths and serious injuries

Massive increase in road deaths and serious injuries

By Gareth Dennison | 19/08/2020

Massive increase in road deaths and serious injuries


DEATHS on Rotherham’s roads more than doubled last year - and there were twice as many serious injuries as a decade ago.

Eleven people were killed in 2019 - up six on the previous year, figures from the Department for Transport revealed this week.

Last year also saw 165 road users seriously injured in Rotherham - an increase of 101 per cent on the average between 2010 and 2014.

Overall the number of 2019 casualties in Rotherham dropped 6.4 per cent last year to 589, thanks to a fall in the number of collisions causing slight injuries.

The figure for South Yorkshire as a whole also reduced for the fifth consecutive year.

Joanne Wehrle, South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership manager, said: “People living in Rotherham deserve to have safe roads and every fatal collision is an absolute tragedy.

“We are working hard to prevent and reduce the number of collisions on all of South Yorkshire’s roads so that families do not have to go through this heartache.

“Every death is a loss that we want to prevent. The fact that this is a relatively infrequent occurrence on our roads, given the amount of traffic that uses the network, is no comfort to those people who have lost loved ones.”

The partnership works with Rotherham Council, emergency services, as well as schools, colleges and businesses.

Mrs Wehrle said: “We will continue to deliver educational projects but we cannot bring down these casualty figures without help. 

“Whether you’re a pedestrian, driver, cyclist or rider, every decision you make impacts on another person’s life and now, more than ever, we all understand the need to make safe choices and look out for each other.

“In the coming weeks we will be launching free post-test driving sessions for 17 to 24-year-old novice drivers, running campaigns about cycle, pedestrian and powered-two-wheeler safety, offering free digital road safety sessions to school pupils, businesses and motorcyclists as well as general road safety messaging around mobile phones, speed, seatbelts and drink and drug driving.”

Insp Jason Booth, from South Yorkshire Police’s roads policing group, said the force was committed to creating safer highways across the region.

He added: “In a bid to reduce casualty numbers, we work closely with partners to ensure that those who are willing to put their lives and the lives of others at risk are educated, caught and prosecuted.

“We aim to educate road users, but we also carry out regular enforcement operations to tackle driving offences and ensure we are focusing on the issues that cost lives and matter to our communities the most.”

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