THE number of people killed or seriously injured in collisions on South Yorkshire’s roads is at its lowest level for more than 30 years, new figures have revealed.
Latest statistics released by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue reveal there were 18 per cent fewer people killed or seriously hurt on the roads last year – 435 casualties in 2010 compared to 1,482 in 1979.
Of the 435 victims recorded last year, 34 were killed.
Soputh Yorkshire fire service claims better police enforcement at accident hotspots and more education work has resulted in a fall in collisions and casualties.
Fire chiefs say analysing when and where collisions occur is helping South Yorkshire’s multi-agency Safer Roads Partnership aim enforcement operations at accident hotspots.
Analysis of casualties involved in collisions is also helping the partnership direct educational work towards the age groups affected most.
Road safety initiatives by the fire service as part of its commitment to the Safer Roads Partnership include ‘Drive for Life’, an educational package for 17- to 24-year-old learner drivers to undergo road safety training.
The course was delivered to 4,000 young people in South Yorkshire last year alone.
It targets schoolchildren to demonstrate the consequences of dangerous driving with photos and DVD clips from smashes.
And close working with agencies including the NHS, through South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, means the fire service is better able to help in tackling problems such as drink driving.
Jon Torn, fire service road traffic collision reduction officer, said: “We have shown that our instructive activities, youth engagement work and continued lobbying for road safety improvements across the county is paying off.
“But each tragedy and its subsequent human cost reminds us that we should be constantly seeking to improve, targeting our resources into the activities which have the greatest impact.
“We are not complacent and will continue to work hard to drive these figures down further.”