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City cash to cut road deaths
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The aim of the policy is to create safer streets for youngsters.
Speed limits on some Sheffield roads are to be cut in an effort to cut the number of road deaths and injuries.

The move is part of an effort by the city council to reduce the number of children killed in accidents, and an emphasis is being put on specific areas of the city.

Research by central government show that children who live in the disadvantaged areas are three times more likely to be hit by cars compared to youngsters living in affluent areas.

Last year more than 2,500 people were killed or seriously injured on the roads in the city - including 55 children.

It's about shifting the balance towards children's rights and motorists' responsibilities.
Councillor Tim Rippon
And the new road safety plan proposes spending the cash to make roads in deprived parts of the city safer for children.

Councillor Tim Rippon, Cabinet Member for Community Safety said: "The safety of our roads is a concern that people raise with me, time and time again.

"This policy isn't about favouring one type of road user over another. We all have rights and responsibilities when we're out on the roads in Sheffield.

"It's about shifting the balance towards children's rights and motorists' responsibilities. We won't shy away from that task."


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