More than 12 people injured every day in South Yorkshire road accidents

People paying their respects at the scene of a hit and run incident which ocurred in Sheffield in which 14-year-old Jasmyn Chan was killed and another 12-year-old seriously injured.
People paying their respects at the scene of a hit and run incident which ocurred in Sheffield in which 14-year-old Jasmyn Chan was killed and another 12-year-old seriously injured.

More than 12 people were injured in road accidents every day in South Yorkshire last year, new figures have shown.

Statistics for 2014 from the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership show 4,557 people were injured in road traffic collisions last year - eight per cent higher than in 2013.

Floral tributes left near the scene where five teenagers died in a two-car collision on Saturday near Doncaster.

Floral tributes left near the scene where five teenagers died in a two-car collision on Saturday near Doncaster.

The figure represents the first increase for three years - but the number of people killed or seriously injured in such crashes has reduced slightly.

It dropped from 513 in 2013 to 469 last year.

Among those who died on the roads last year was Sheffield teenager Jasmyn Chan, who was killed by hit-and-run driver Naseeb Ellahi on May 9 as she crossed Normanton Hill.

Five teenagers died in November in a crash on the A630 as they travelled from Doncaster towards Conisbrough.

Arpad Kore, Bartosz Bortniczak, Blake Cairns, Jordanna Goodwin and Megan Storey, who were aged between 16 and 18, all died after the car they were travelling in hit another vehicle.

Two-thirds of those injured on South Yorkshire roads last year were car drivers and passengers, but there was a 14 per cent increase in the number of cyclists hurt or killed - partly put down by experts to the higher number of people cycling on the region’s roads in the wake of the visit to the Tour de France to South Yorkshire last summer.

A total of 50 children aged 15 and under were killed or seriously injured last year - a drop of almost 20 per cent on 2013 and the lowest figure on record.

Chief Superintendent Rachel Barber, chair of the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, said: “We are, of course, disappointed to see an increase in the number of people injured on the roads of South Yorkshire in 2014.

“The police and other emergency services witness first-hand the pain, grief and suffering experienced by the victims of road traffic collisions, their friends and families.

“The Safer Roads Partnership will continue with its efforts to reduce the number of collisions occurring.

“However, we all have a responsibility to keep ourselves and others safe on the roads and I would urge everyone to look out for other road users and respect their needs.”

Despite the increase in overall injuries, transport officials are still on course to meet targets to cut the number of people killed or seriously injured in road accidents by 40 per cent by 2020.

The goal was set in 2010 and by 2014, there has already been a 23 per cent reduction in such cases.