Safety call from first re­spon­ders

South Western Times - - Christmas Traffic Campaign -

The South West’s first re­spon­ders to crashes and other in­ci­dents have re­newed calls for safety on the re­gion’s roads this Christ­mas and New Year pe­riod.

St John Am­bu­lance paramedics are call­ing on road users to be smart be­hind the wheel with the ul­ti­mate goal of mak­ing it home to spend pre­cious time with loved ones.

South West re­gional man­ager Ni­colle War­ren said the fes­tive sea­son was al­ways a busy time of the year, not only for hol­i­day-go­ers but emer­gency ser­vices.

“Christ­mas is a great time of year with hol­i­days, fam­ily time, R and R and lots of sunny days,” Ms War­ren said.

“It is also a busy time for those of us in the emer­gency ser­vices.

“There’s some ba­sic ad­vice we at St John Am­bu­lance would like to get across so we can all en­joy a safe and happy break.

“Our roads get very busy at this time of year.

“If you’re go­ing to be driv­ing be sure to belt up, don’t con­sume al­co­hol, stay alert and take reg­u­lar breaks.”

While most will be spend­ing time with fam­ily and friends on Christ­mas Day, Box­ing Day and New Year’s, paramedics, po­lice, fire­fight­ers and other vol­un­teer emer­gency ser­vices will be work­ing.

Ms War­ren said road users should fol­low the nor­mal tips to stay safe be­hind the wheel.

“Con­sider stop­ping for a rest or change driv­ers if you’re get­ting sleepy,” she said.

“Your ul­ti­mate aim should be to get to your des­ti­na­tion safely.

“No mat­ter where you plan to spend the fes­tive sea­son, at home, on hol­i­day or some­where in the great out­doors, I would also ad­vise ev­ery­one to stay hy­drated, Slip, Slop, Slap, Wrap and en­sure you have a well-stocked first aid kit.”

Pic­ture: Kate Field­ing

Bun­bury para­medic Re­nee LeGuier calls on driv­ers to be smart be­hind the wheel this Christ­mas and New Year pe­riod.

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