Five people die in road accidents every day in the UK, and 35 people have lost their lives in South Yorkshire in 2022, South Yorkshire Police have said.

Brake, a charity supporting people affected by road accidents and working to eliminate road deaths, is running the annual Road Safety Week campaign from 19 to 25 November. This year’s theme is ‘let’s talk about speed’.

Last year, 1766 people were killed in road traffic accidents in the UK, and 28,941 were seriously injured.

A spokesperson for the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership (SYSRP), said: “We fully support Brake’s campaign which ultimately comes down to saving lives on our roads.

“Our partners are proud to be part of the conversation and we encourage everyone to do the right thing and travel to the speed limit or conditions of the road.”

SYSRP, a group of local authorities, organisations, and emergency services are working together to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding and encourage schools and communities across the UK to get involved in the conversation.

Pupils from four Barnsley schools talk about road safety with Olympic cyclist Ed Clancy. Source: South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership

Matt Duffy, Roads Policing Sergeant at the South Yorkshire Police, said: “Speed limits are just that – a limit. They are not a target, and you should always drive to the conditions.

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.”