It’s a mat­ter of ur­gency

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WHY some­one wouldn’t slow down in their car while pass­ing an ac­tive emer­gency, as a demon­stra­tion of com­mon sense if any­thing, is a mys­tery.

Thank­fully, from Septem­ber this year, ev­ery­one will be re­quired to slow to 40km/h on all NSW roads when po­lice, am­bu­lance, fire, SES or res­cue ve­hi­cles are stopped and have their red or blue lights flash­ing.

It’s part of a one-year trial which will be mon­i­tored by the NSW Gov­ern­ment and which could come into ef­fect per­ma­nently if re­sults prove pos­i­tive.

For ex­am­ple, all our emer­gency ser­vices vol­un­teers come home af­ter a shift with­out in­jury or worse.

Western Aus­tralia, South Aus­tralia and Vic­to­ria al­ready have the law and in NSW it’s some­thing emer­gency ser­vices vol­un­teers have had to cam­paign hard for to get a speed limit around their ve­hi­cles and ac­ci­dent sites, to pre­vent fur­ther in­ci­dents.

In Fe­bru­ary, a case in point arose when two po­lice of­fi­cers suf­fered hor­rific in­juries when a mo­torist on a mo­bile phone drove into them as they set up a road­side breath-test­ing check­point. One suf­fered a bro­ken leg, and the other had to have his foot and part of this leg am­pu­tated.

It’s true, we live in the Age of the Or­ange Vest gov­erned by some over-zeal­ous oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety rules, but noone should ever have to en­dure that kind of out­come from a day on the job, es­pe­cially when the big­gest dan­ger is the peo­ple

you’re paid to pro­tect.

So, thumbs up to the policy mak­ers who are pro­tect­ing the pro­tec­tors.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

West­ern Star So­cial Club mem­bers made a do­na­tion to the Dubbo Di­a­betes Unit.

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