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South Yorkshire police aim to make roads crash free

Emergency services are calling on South Yorkshire’s drivers to make the county’s roads collision free this Friday, to mark a major national awareness day. Fire, police and other partners will be spelling out driving dangers at dozens of events across the county.

Every day approximately 10 people are hurt on the roads of South Yorkshire. By educating motorists about common causes of collisions such as speeding, drink driving and stopping distances, members of the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership aim to bring that figure to zero, if only for one day.

A range of road safety events and demonstrations are taking place across the county. They include a major event in Peel Square, Barnsley where firefighters and paramedics will show crowds how they rescue the victims of serious road smashes.

  • Keep your distance - leave at least a two second gap between you and the car in front.
  • Don't drink and drive - just one drink can affect your response times as a driver.
  • Think speed - the risk of killing a pedestrian is four times higher at 30mph, than 40mph.

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Fatal car accident

Two men, believed to be brothers, have died after their car failed to stop for police and crashed into a lamp-post and a tree in Bradford just before midnight last night. The men's car was split in two by the force of the impact, in Woodside Road in Wyke.

It had earlier driven past a police patrol car but did not stop despite officers' attempts. The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission by West Yorkshire Police.

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Bike accident

Two motorcyclists have been airlifted to hospital after a crash near Kirkbymoorside in North Yorkshire. A man in his 50s from the Harrogate area was taken to hospital with leg and chest injuries.

The second rider, a man in his 40s from Halifax, has suspected spinal injuries. Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

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