Road deaths are on the increase

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THE number of people killed or seriously injured on Doncaster’s roads has risen according to latest figures.

But highways bosses have defended their safety record after the 0.69 per cent increase in deaths and major injuries on the road, despite being one of only 14 councils in the country to see a rise between 2006-07 and 2010-11.

The latest figures by the Institute of Advanced Motorists includes a spell in December 2010 and January 2011 when six teenagers died in two separate crashes.

Jonathan Scott and Robert Tepper, both aged 17, and 16-year-old Lauren Birkett, died after the Corsa they were travelling in spun out of control into an oncoming car on Adwick Road, Mexborough, on December 27, 2010.

Michael Gallagher, 16, from Warmsworth, 15-year-old Tom Hughes, from Bessacarr, and Antonia Browne, aged 14, from Balby, died when a car they were travelling in came off the A630 in Warmsworth a month later.

Peter Dale, Doncaster Council director of regeneration and environment, said: “We continue to invest heavily in road safety improvement initiatives based around engineering, enforcement and education activity, and more so in partnership with colleagues across South Yorkshire to share best practice and resources. Provisional figures for the current year are indicating significant progress.”

But the figures have sparked concern among those who have lost loved ones.

Cath McDermott, whose grandson Kyle McDermott, seven, died after being the victim of a hit-and-run collision on Maple Road, Mexborough, in 2006, said: “They reduced the speed limit to 20mph after Kyle died - but I don’t think anyone abides by it, apart from the residents. It worked for maybe the first six weeks.

“I think they need to rethink what they’re doing.”