SYP backing Road Safety Week with a focus on 'speed'

Date published: 20 November 2023 15:42
Dated: 20 November 2023 15:39:41

As Road Safety Week launches, we remember the 35 people who tragically lost their life on the roads of South Yorkshire in 2022.

This year’s focus for the week that aims to inspire thousands of schools, organisations and communities to act on road safety is ‘speed’.

Five people die on the UK’s roads every day and a few miles per hour over the speed limit can be the difference between life and death.

Every day, officers work hard to reduce casualties on our roads, and one team who are unfortunately too familiar with the consequences of speeding and the devastating impact it can have on victims and their families is raising awareness and asking drivers to think ‘is it worth it’?

Throughout the week (Sunday 19 - 25 November) the Roads Policing Group (RPG) will be acting on data provided by the Speed Camera Partnership to carry out speed checks across South Yorkshire.

The data being used highlights where speeding is an issue and has previously had links to serious and fatal road traffic collisions.

Roads Policing Sergeant Matt Duffy explains more. He said: “Speed limits are just that - a limit. They are not a target, and you should always drive to the conditions.

“We want people to think of the wider consequences and change their behaviour. Think about how you would feel if you killed or injured someone, the effects that would have on your life, or how your family would be affected if you were killed.

“Slow down and let’s create safer roads for everyone.”

Road Safety Week logo with the message 'let's talk about... Speed'

Road Safety Week wants people to start talking about 'speed'

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