Merseyside | 8 Feb 2012
A thousand special cards aimed at saving the lives of motorcyclists and cyclists injured in a crash have been handed out by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service.
The CRASH Card, which is kept in the rider’s helmet, gives emergency services details of their medical history and any medication they are taking.
A green dot is place on the outside of the helmet to tell emergency crews the road user has a card. It also offers advice to the person who dials 999.
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is giving the cards out for free in a bid to reduce deaths on roads. They are available to all road users who wear helmets and since December the Service has given out a thousand cards to riders, motorcycle, cycling and horse riding groups, North West Ambulance Service and NHS organisations.
The scheme was rolled out to Merseyside by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service in December.
There were 1,426 people injured in motorbike collisions in Merseyside from 2005 to 2010. Of those, 407 motorcyclists were killed or seriously injured on Merseyside roads.
Motorbike casualties have fallen in recent years and the number of people killed or seriously injured in motorbike accidents dropped from 90 in 2005 to 48 in 2010. However motorcyclists still account for 20% of those killed or seriously injured on roads and are 50 times more likely to die in crashes than car drivers.
Andy Shotton, MF&RS Motor Cycle Team Crew Manager, said: “The uptake of the CRASH Cards has been phenomenal. Motorcyclists and cyclists have been very keen to support the scheme, which can help save lives.”