Phon­ing while driv­ing causes a lot of car­nage

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Am­bu­lance of­fi­cers of­ten see pre­ventable in­juries and deaths caused by poor driv­ing, tex­ting while driv­ing, speed and al­co­hol.

‘‘The dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects of road crashes are seen first­hand by our am­bu­lance of­fi­cers,’’ St John clin­i­cal di­rec­tor Tony Smith said.

‘‘We are fully sup­port­ive of the po­lice cam­paign to re­mind the driv­ing pub­lic of the dan­gers of us­ing mo­bile phones while driv­ing. It can lit­er­ally be the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death.’’

The Land Trans­port Amend­ment Rule 2009 banned the use of hand­held mo­bile phones while driv­ing.

A two-week cam­paign is un­der way to raise aware­ness of the leg­is­la­tion and re­fo­cus drivers’ at­ten- tion on the dan­ger of us­ing phones while driv­ing.

If you are first on the scene you can help save a life. Here is what you can do:

First, en­sure the in­jured peo­ple and by­s­tanders are safe from dan­ger, for ex­am­ple from on­com­ing traf­fic. Ar­range for some­one to stop traf­fic if nec­es­sary.

Call 111 and ask for an am­bu­lance. You will be asked a se­ries of ques­tions about the lo­ca­tion and na­ture of the crash.

As­sess the in­jured peo­ple for lifethreat­en­ing in­juries that re­quire im­me­di­ate first aid:

Re­spon­sive­ness: Check to see if the in­jured peo­ple are con­scious by talk­ing to them. If they are not con- scious they are at risk of block­ing their air­way.

Air­ways: Check the air­way of the un­con­scious peo­ple ( you do not need to do this for peo­ple who are awake) by lis­ten­ing for a snor­ing sound when they breathe. If they are snor­ing their air­way is partly blocked by their tongue fall­ing back. If the air­way is blocked tilt the head gen­tly back and lift thechin for­ward. Keep do­ing this un­til an am­bu­lance ar­rives.

Breath­ing: Check the breath­ing of the un­con­scious peo­ple (you do not need to do this for peo­ple who are awake) by look­ing at their chest. If they are not breath­ing they need CPR. To do this you will have to get the per­son out of the ve­hi­cle. Keep do­ing CPR un­til an am­bu­lance ar­rives.

Cir­cu­la­tion: Check peo­ple for vis­i­ble bleed­ing. If there is sig­nif­i­cant bleed­ing push firmly on the wound with a piece of cloth and keep do­ing this un­til an am­bu­lance ar­rives. Do not move in­jured peo­ple un­less they are in im­me­di­ate dan­ger. If they are in im­me­di­ate dan­ger you must move them to a safe place. Gather all the peo­ple who were in the crash and sit them down in a safe area, so that am­bu­lance of­fi­cers can check them out when they ar­rive.

With the hol­i­days just around the cor­ner it is also a good time to check your first aid kit is fully stocked.

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