Stay alive – always wear your seatbelt
What is the biggest cause of serious injury to young people in Burngreave?
Not drink, not drugs, not crime, but road crashes. Young drivers are four times more likely to be in a crash than any other driver and children are four times more likely to be run over than any other age group.
One of the roads with the highest number of casualties in South Yorkshire goes through the Burngreave area. The road from Burngreave Road to Owler Lane has had no less than 92 people injured on it over the last 3 years. Virtually all of these road crashes have the behaviour of a road user as a main factor in the cause of a crash. The South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, which includes Sheffield City Council’s Road Safety Team, is conducting a range of improvements to the road and is doing lots of work in schools and with young drivers to make people safer.
Through the Council’s Learn Safe Drive Safe programme, driving instructors are trained to coach learner drivers in issues relating to: speed; peer pressure; drink; drugs; tiredness; mobile phones and other distractions.
In early October, the Safer Roads Partnership will also be launching a new publicity campaign to remind people to wear their seat belt and to not use a mobile phone whilst driving. Look out for the Save Yourself message on buses and posters and don’t forget to wear a seat belt and not to use your phone whilst driving!
Tell your story
We want everyone to be more aware of the dangers on the road. Have you had a road accident? Help us to stop it happening again. Tell us when, how and why it happened. How did you feel? What have the consequences been? How do you think we could ensure it does not happen again?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to tell your story.
Making South Yorkshire Roads Safer