NSW | 9 May 2012
The Ambulance Service of NSW is urging both drivers and pedestrians to be alert and aware with about 40 incidents of pedestrians being hit by vehicles in NSW in just five days.
This week there have been more than 25 incidents of vehicles hitting pedestrians in the Sydney region compared with only 10 incidents in the same period last year. Of these Sydney-based incidents, 14 occurred in school zone hours.
Acting Chief Executive of Ambulance Service of NSW, Mike Willis said no matter the time – day or night – drivers and pedestrians must keep an eye on their surroundings.
“It’s important for drivers and pedestrians to remember to exercise caution when they are on the roads or crossing them,” Mr Willis said. “Traffic conditions change rapidly so drivers and pedestrians should be alert and aware of what is going on around them and take care and caution on the roads.
“Never assume an approaching vehicle can see you or will stop for you. We see a lot of accidents occur at pedestrian crossings so you should always wait for vehicles to pass completely or come to a complete stop before crossing any intersection.
“Everyone has family, friends and loved ones. Fatalities and serious injuries affect not only the lives of the immediate victims but also that of many family members, friends and the community as a whole so it’s vital that all road users take their responsibilities to themselves and others seriously,” Mr Willis said.
In the event of a medical emergency, dial Triple Zero (000) and ask for Ambulance. Stay on the line and stay clam. The Ambulance Operator will remain on the line with you and can tell you exactly what to do until paramedics arrive.