South Yorkshire roads are getting safer – as new figures reveal a five per cent fall in casualties.
Accident figures from South Yorkshire Police submitted to the Department for Transport show 4,212 people were injured in crashes on the county’s roads in 2013 compared to 4,446 in 2012.
There were 32 fatalities and 449 people seriously injured.
The figures show 65 per cent of casualties were car drivers.
The number of pedestrians and cyclists injured last year fell, with 432 children under 15 injured compared to 470 the year before.
Phil Shillito, of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and vice chairman of South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, said: “This is the first time since records for South Yorkshire started to be compiled in 1979 that the number of road traffic collisions has dropped below 3,000.
“Whilst any decrease is good news we cannot forget the pain, grief and suffering experienced by those involved in every road traffic collision.
“The emergency services, who attend the scene of many such collisions, see first hand the devastation these events can create.
“That is why all the agencies making up the Safer Roads Partnership will continue to work tirelessly in a bid to further reduce the number of road traffic collisions on South Yorkshire roads.”
Ken Wheat, manager of the Safer Roads Partnership, said: “We cannot afford to be complacent.
“Overall casualties are reducing year on year but this masks small rises amongst some road user groups – especially young drivers and riders.
“The Safer Roads Partnership, including the police, fire service and the local authority road safety teams, delivers various interventions specifically targeting young people in a bid to make them safer drivers and riders.”
Mr Wheat added: “We would urge all young people to think about the consequences of their actions when driving or riding.”