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Har­vey’s emer­gency ser­vices have come to­gether to urge peo­ple to stay safe and act re­spon­si­bly over the fes­tive sea­son, par­tic­u­larly on our roads.

Har­vey po­lice of­fi­cer-in­charge Sgt Scott Gil­lis said mo­torists needed to take care with the ex­tra traf­fic to avoid a visit from emer­gency ser­vices.

“We’d all much rather Santa knock­ing on the door than a po­lice of­fi­cer, it’s not a very nice job to have to do,” Sgt Gil­lis said.

“The vol­un­teers are greatly affected too, St Johns and the fire and res­cue ser­vice, they’re all vol­un­teers so they’d much rather be at home with their fam­i­lies.”

Sgt Gil­lis said the Har­vey com- mu­nity had al­ready been im­pacted by a fa­tal crash on De­cem­ber 9 just out­side the town and an­other fa­tal crash a few days ear­lier out­side Brunswick.

“Es­pe­cially over the fes­tive sea­son, it im­pacts fam­i­lies a lot more be­cause it is the time when ev­ery­one’s sup­posed to be com­ing to­gether and en­joy­ing the mo­ment and be­ing happy with fam­ily and friends.

“Un­for­tu­nately, not ev­ery­one has that op­por­tu­nity due to a se­ri­ous crash and not only fa­tal crashes but se­ri­ous in­juries also have a mas­sive im­pact on fam­i­lies.”

Sgt Gil­lis said hol­i­day mak­ers would flock to the South West for the Christ­mas and New Year hol­i­day pe­riod and ev­ery­one needed to take care with the ex­tra traf­fic.

“It is a mas­sive time... a lot of peo­ple come to the South West be­cause of the tourist area and there’s a lot to do, it’s a nice place to get away to.

“But it does come with haz­ards on the roads... po­lice are go­ing to be out in force tar­get­ing the main ones; speed­ing, mo­bile phones, al­co­hol and seat­belts.

“From ev­ery­one with emer­gency ser­vices it’s just about hav­ing a won­der­ful time with your fam­ily, have a good, safe Merry Christ­mas and a good New Year, and stay safe on the roads.”

Pic­ture: Sam Gibbs

Har­vey St John Am­bu­lance vol­un­teer John Har­ri­son-Brown, Har­vey Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice Lt Josh Jones and Har­vey po­lice of­fi­cer-in-charge Sgt Scott Gil­lis come to­gether to urge peo­ple to stay safe this fes­tive sea­son.

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