Safety call from first responders

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Bunbury paramedic Renee LeGuier calls on drivers to be smart behind the wheel this Christmas and New Year period.
Camera IconBunbury paramedic Renee LeGuier calls on drivers to be smart behind the wheel this Christmas and New Year period. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

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.

Bunbury paramedic Renee LeGuier calls on drivers to be smart behind the wheel this Christmas and New Year period.
Camera IconBunbury paramedic Renee LeGuier calls on drivers to be smart behind the wheel this Christmas and New Year period. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

“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.”

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