Road deaths tumble to record low

FIGURES released yesterday show that the number of people killed on South Yorkshire’s roads has reached an all-time low.

The statistics for 2012, from the Safer Roads Partnership, show that 29 people died as a direct 
result of a road traffic collision – one fewer than in the previous year.

This is the lowest figure since records began, according to a spokesman for the partnership.

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Chief Superintendent Rachel Barber, chairman of the Safer Roads Partnership, said: “Ten years ago in 2003, 65 people died on South Yorkshire roads compared to 29 last year.

“This is testament to the hard work and dedication of our teams within the Partnership to try and make all our road users safer.

“We do this through targeted education-based activities, engineering improvements and, where necessary, the use of enforcement in a bid to change attitudes, modify behaviour and ultimately save lives.”

Ken Wheat, the Safer Roads Partnership manager, added: “It is pleasing to see that we have had no child fatalities on South Yorkshire roads in 2012, and that the total number of child casualties has also fallen.”