Child crash injury toll for Doncaster revealed

Road Traffic Collision, Edlington Lane, Edlington. Picture: Marie Caley

Road Traffic Collision, Edlington Lane, Edlington. Picture: Marie Caley

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Shocking statistics have revealed the worst blackspots in Doncaster for child road crash casualties.

South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership released a map showing 1,646 under 16s from the borough were hurt on the roads in the last 10 years.

These figures worry me a lot. It is really frightening that we have the worst problem

The worst of the figures are those for Bentley, which show 237 casualties aged under 16. It is ahead of Conisbrough, where 120 were hurt, and the Adwick and Carcroft area, with 112 .

The figures are drawn up by council ward areas, and eight of the top 10 in Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley are in Doncaster.

Bentley Coun Charlie Hogarth was surprised at the figures for his area.

He said: “I think there is more that could be done, and we are hoping that when the new Lidl is built in Bentley, there will be a new crossing over the A19 there.

“I would like to see more done to slow cars down and to educate people.

“These figures worry me a lot. It is really frightening that we have the worst problem.

“It makes me worry about my own grandchildren crossing the road.”

He said there had been speed surveys locally.

Doncaster Council’s director of environment Peter Dale said: “The link between social deprivation and road traffic casualties across the country has been acknowledged for many years.

“In Doncaster this fact has often led us to concentrate road safety measures in deprived areas, although we have introduced traffic calming and reduced speed limits in many areas across the borough.

“The council also delivers a programme of road safety education and practical training in all primary schools across the borough, which gives children the knowledge and skills needed to become confident and safer road users.

“These projects have contributed to significant reductions in child casualty numbers over the long term, with last year having seen the lowest number since records began.

The number of injuries in each ward was: Bentley 137, Conisbrough 120, Adwick & Carcroft 112, Town centre 107, Rossington & Bawtry 103, Wheatley Hill & Intake 93, Armthorpe 89, Thorne & Moorends 83, Balby South 82, Mexborough 81, Edlington & Warmsworth 80, Hatfield 75, Stainforth & Barnby Dun 73, Hexthorpe & Balby North 72, Norton and Askern 67, Finningley 56, Bessacarr 56, Edenthorpe & Kirk Sandall 48, Tickhill & Wadworth 39, Roman Ridge 38, Sprotbrough 35.