Section: Simon Corbell, MLA | Media Releases
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today urged Canberrans to make road safety a priority, while launching the ACT Fire Brigade road accident awareness day.
The road accident awareness day is designed to show the ACT community just how much damage can be done when road safety messages are ignored.
"Canberrans are for the most part good road users, but we continue to see serious and sometimes fatal accidents on our roads that can easily be prevented," Mr Corbell said.
"The road safety and accident awareness is an important opportunity for drivers of all ages, including those who might be approaching an age of learning to drive, to speak to emergency services personnel about the dangers that can be present if you ignore safety messages."
The open day will take place, tomorrow, Saturday March 26, 2011 at the Greenway Fire Station and will feature the ACT Fire Brigade, as well as intensive care paramedics from the ACT Ambulance Service and officers from ACT Policing. There will also be damaged cars on scene which will be used in simulated road rescues.
"Hydraulic tools from the ACT Fire Brigade will be used to gain access to passengers trapped inside vehicles during the exercises with commentary provided by officers to inform the audience of the tasks that are required by emergency personnel at accident scenes," Mr Corbell said.
Three demonstrations will be conducted during the open day at 11am, 12pm and 1pm.
"Too often we don't think that a major accident could occur while were are behind the wheel, or a passenger in a vehicle, but the simple reality is that if we don't take heed of safety messages, we place ourselves and others in danger," Mr Corbell said.
Last year the ACT Fire Brigade responded to 638 road accidents with 288 rescues and has so far in 2011 attended 137 road accidents with 65 rescues.
Mr Corbell said an event like the road accident awareness day was a timely reminder to the Canberra community with the Easter break only four weeks away.
"During this period many Canberrans travel on roads around the region and seeing firsthand how patients become trapped and injured in road accidents will be a reminder for motorists to be constantly aware of the dangers that can present themselves," Mr Corbell said.
"Sadly there have been four deaths on ACT roads already during 2011, with two recorded last week, and I urge Canberrans to come and take part in this open day, and to put these important messages into practice while on the road."
The open day runs from 10am till 2pm tomorrow at the Greenway Fire Station, corner of Scollay and Reed Streets, Greenway.
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