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New South Wales | Paramedics urge driver and pedestrian caution

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.

Essex County | Flood advice for motorists

Essex County | 1 May 2012

The Essex County Fire & Rescue Service is warning drivers to take care and not get themselves and their families trapped by driving into flood water.

Over the last couple of days the Service has received dozens of calls to mindless motorists who have got themselves, and their families, into deep water by not exercising proper precautions in their car around flood water.

Assistant Divisional Officer Chris Noakes said: “It is mind boggling just how many mindless motorists have driven their car into flood water and need our help to get themselves, and often their families, out of their predicament.”

Just two feet of water is enough to float a car and six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars; this depth can cause loss of control or possible stalling as water is sucked into the exhaust or washes into the air intake.

Motorists should never attempt to drive through water deeper than the centre of their wheels. If water gets into the car’s air intake or into the electrics the car will stop leaving driver and passengers trapped.

The water could also be hiding damaged road or missing manhole covers.

Motorists should take particular care when crossing fords, these often become flooded and extremely dangerous with fast flowing water.

ADO Noakes added: “Every time there is flooding the Service has to rescue people who have driven their cars into flood water.

“When faced with water drivers should exercise a little common sense. If they can they should find an alternative route. If there is no way round they should park safely and get out to check the depth of the water before they drive into it.

“Just driving into water and hoping for the best is not an option, by the time you find out the water is too deep you are already trapped.”

Essex | Multiple rescues as motorists drive into flooded areas

Essex | 29 April 2012

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service have received a large number of calls to flooding and weather related incidents today.

These include cars stuck in flood water and trees and power cable brought down by the wind.

In total the service have attended 32 incidents so far today. Details of the more significant are below:

Incident 7892: B1037, Hill Road, Steeple Bumpstead. Attendance 1 x Wethersfield, 1 x Colchester, 1 x USAR Water Rescue, 1 x Haverhill (Suffolk)

Crews rescued a motorist who had got their car stuck in one foot of water. They had released them by 09:51hrs

Incident 7917: Padhams Green, Mountnessing Road, Ingatestone. Attendance 1 x Ingatestone.

Firefighters rescued four adults and two children after a driver drove their car into flood water. All six were safely out of the car by 12:13hrs

Incident 7919: Turling Road, Hatfield Peveral. Attendance 1 x Witham, 2 x Colchester, USAR Water Rescue.

Firefighters pushed a car out of flood water after the driver had got it trapped. The car and driver were out of the water by 12:23hrs.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is urging drivers to exercise caution before they drive their cars into flood water. A spokesman said: “It is mind boggling just how many people will drive their car into standing water with no idea of how deep it is.

“As we have seen today these people get their cars, and often their families, trapped as a result of their actions.

“When faced with water drivers should exercise a little common sense. If they can they should find an alternative route. If there is no way round they should park safely and get out to check the depth of the water before they drive into it.

“Just driving into water and hoping for the best is not an option, by the time you find out the water is too deep you are already trapped.”