South Yorkshire drivers urged to take care on county’s roads

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Road safety campaigners are using Valentine’s Day to remind young male drivers about the dangers of the roads.

They are warning men that instead of sending their girlfriends flowers on Valentine’s Day they could be laying them at a roadside if they lose control of their cars.

The South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership is using the day to remind young men to kill their speed rather than their girlfriends.

Figures show that young drivers are four times more likely to be involved in a crash than any other motorist.

In 2012, 100 young drivers aged 17 to 25 years old, were killed or seriously injured in collisions on the roads of South Yorkshire.

Joanne Wehrle, South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership’s Education Manager, said: “If a driver is involved in a collision, they will instinctively turn the vehicle away from the collision meaning the passenger takes the full impact of the crash.

“Drivers can help to keep themselves and their passengers safe by following a few simple steps - always wear your seatbelt and never use a mobile phone when you are driving.

“Always drive at a speed suitable for the road and weather conditions and within the posted speed limits. Don’t drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“After every journey, think, if that was my test, would I have passed?”

The South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership was set up to reduce the number of people injured in collisions on the county’s roads.

It is made up of organisations including South Yorkshire Police, Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster councils, the Highways Agency and the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive.