Child fatalities down

South Yorkshire Police revealed yesterday that no children were killed on South Yorkshire’s roads in 2009.

Since county-wide road casualty statistics were first recorded in 1979 there has been a steady downward trend for the number of children killed on the roads of our county and for the first time ever, no children aged 0 – 15 were killed as a result of road traffic collisions in South Yorkshire in 2009.

In addition, the total number of people killed and seriously injured on South Yorkshire roads in 2009 has fallen to 530 – the lowest figure since records began in 1979.

Keith Lumley, Chief Superintendent at South Yorkshire Police said: “The Partnership is delighted that we are seeing a reduction in the number of fatal and life threatening collisions in South Yorkshire, especially where children are involved.

“Compare the fact that in 1983 twenty two children died on South Yorkshire roads compared to none in 2009. This is testament to the hard work and dedication of our teams within the Safer Roads Partnership to make every road user safer. Every death is however a tragedy and we will strive to reduce further the numbers of people killed on our roads through what we know are successful reduction methods.”

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