Shocking statistics have revealed the gulf in the number of child road crash casualties in different areas of Sheffield.
A map, taken from a Sheffield Council report, shows how one side of the city has the highest number of youngsters injured in collisions while the other has the lowest.
Firth Park, Burngreave, and Darnall each had between 136 and 184 collision casualties aged under 16 since 2005.
Areas with the least incidents – between nine and 34 in the last decade – were Fulwood, Crookes, Broomhill, Nether Edge and Graves Park.
It means that a child living in the north east of Sheffield is five times more likely to be involved in a pedestrian road traffic collision than those living in the south west.
Deprivation levels of each ward have a ‘strong correlation’ with the number of collisions, according to the report, but residents said driver behaviour and a lack of traffic calming was also to blame.
Mick Daniels, of Brushes Tenants’ and Residents’ Association in Firth Park, said: “We’ve been trying to get a 20 mile per hour zone put in on our estate for I don’t know how long.
“We are supposed to be on the list but they seem to have gone right round us, past parts of Page Hall, but one here has been missed off.
“Around Firth Park and Burngreave there are rat runs, also a lot of people won’t let their children go off to play in the parks on their own which we used to do.
“It’s just the way things are but it does mean there are more kids playing on the streets when there is also more traffic on the streets, and no traffic calming measures.”
Since 2012, a total of 17 new 20mph zones have been introduced in Sheffield – and there are 110 potential ones identified.
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There are eight 20mph areas in Burngreave, Firth Park and Shiregreen and Sheffield Council is proposing to implement another sign-only 20mph area in Firth Park in April 2016.
The report said schemes were prioritised by their casualty record but also limited to areas included in the council’s Streets Ahead road resurfacing project each year.
Motorists were divided when asked for their views on creating a new 20mph zone in Darnall, along part of Staniforth Road, last year.
Taha Saleh, who lives in Darnall and was involved with a community action group, said he was ‘really shocked’ that the area was one of with the highest number of child casualties and questioned the effectiveness of 20mph zones.
But he added: “Yesterday there were cars just flying past – people take no notice of the 20mph signs.
“I have seen cars go past at 60mph in those zones.”
A Sheffield Council spokesman said: “The report states that there is a strong correlation between the 20 per cent most deprived areas in Sheffield and the wards where most children and young people live who have been involved in a collision.
“Why that is the case is a complex combination of things and not simply driver behaviour. Regardless of how accidents occur, the council takes the safety of all road users very seriously and targets resources where the highest number of accidents occur.”
“All accidents are assessed and considered on a continuous basis for possible inclusion in our accident prevention programme of schemes. Although 20 mph schemes are not solely addressing specific accidents, these are also prioritised partly by existing accident data and partly in alignment with the ‘zones’ being treated each year through the Streets Ahead highways maintenance programme.
“In addition to this, our road safety education staff review the areas and groups of people most at risk and use a variety of techniques to raise awareness about road safety with the communities and age groups concerned.
Other actions taken to combat child casualties, by South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, include work in schools which is targeted at the areas where there are the most incidents.
The report also said that the number of under-16s killed or seriously injured in road collisions in Sheffield had fallen ‘dramatically’.
There were 50 in 2005 compared to 19 in 2014, and most of the casualties were pedestrians.
In the last 10 years, seven children have been killed in road collisions, either while walking, riding in cars or in one case when a 14-year-old boy was riding a motorcycle.
One of those who died was schoolgirl Jasmyn Chan, aged 14, who was killed when speeding driver Naseeb Ellahi ploughed into her in a hit-and-run on Normanton Road, Intake, in 2014.
A crossing in her name is now to be installed at the spot where the crash happened. Ellahi was jailed earlier this year.
When young people aged between 17 and 24 are taken into account, Sheffield has many more pedestrian casualties than elsewhere in South Yorkshire, possibly because of its high numbers of university students.
“A large number of the pedestrian casualties in Sheffield occur along roads frequented by students at night,” said the report.
In the last decade, the number of young people aged from 17 to 24 who were killed or seriously injured in road collisions regardless of whether they were driving, a passenger or pedestrian has also fallen.
There were 77 in 2005 and 39 in 2014, 27 of which were deaths.
When those figures for young people aged over 16 are added, the wards of Southey and Shiregreen and Brightside are also highlighted as having the most casualties across Sheffield.
Across South Yorkshire, the 10 areas with the highest rates of car driver casualties when the driver was aged between 17 and 24 were also named in the report.
They were Stocksbridge and Upper Don, East Ecclesfield, Thorne, Shiregreen and Brightside, Rotherham East, Conisbrough and Denaby, Southey, Firth Park, Burngreave and Darnall.
Each had between 65 and 81 collisions between 2009 and 2013.
Interventions used to tackle pedestrian and driver collisions among young people include driver theory sessions and work in sixth forms – although this is a described as a challenge.
The report said: “Sixth forms often fail to see road safety as a high priority for their students until something happens.
“This is witnessed by the number of sixth forms who have taken up the offer of Drive for Life sessions, who previously had not been interested, after fatal collisions involving their own pupils.”
Also across South Yorkshire, there were 545 children injured on county roads last year, a small increase, although child deaths and serious injuries were down by eight per cent.