29 deaths and injuries going up on the roads

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New road casualty figures show 29 people were killed and 450 seriously injured on South Yorkshire’s roads last year.

The year before 30 were killed and 441 seriously injured, according to the figures produced by the Office for National Statistics for the Department for Transport.

Nationally 1,754 were killed on the roads last year – down eight per cent on the previous year.

Louise Jenkins, a serious injury expert at law firm Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield office, said: “Any fall in the number of people who are killed or seriously injured on the roads is always going to be a positive step forward, but the fact that more than 1,700 people still lost their lives in collisions demonstrates that there is much more to be done to raise awareness of and improve road safety.

“Any number of deaths or serious injuries is simply too many. Through our work we have seen the devastating consequences that collisions can have on victims – leaving them needing support and rehabilitation often for the rest of their lives – as well as families and the communities where they live.

“The fatality figures are of course moving in the right direction, but there is still a long way to go to ensuring continued improvements in road safety. This is about more than numbers on a page – this is about people’s lives.

“Cycling has perhaps never been more popular in the UK following the exploits of sportsmen and women both in the Olympics and the Tour de France last year. However, it is clear that safety for cyclists remains an issue on British roads.

“This was the only category of road user to see an increase in fatalities and it is vitally important that efforts are made to ensure this rise is arrested.”