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GORDON ROBERTS.

Our weekly view from emergency services... THIS WEEK its the Ambulance Service Director Sadly this year, we have started off with an unusually high number of fatal road traffic collisions involving young adult drivers and passengers.

Every ambulance paramedic and technician will tell you that dealing with these types of incidents can be very emotional to see such a wasteful loss of a young life.

These tragic incidents can cause aftershocks for families, friends, communities and even our ambulance crews and fellow emergency service partners.

We want to see these incidents on our roads reduced and that is why the trust is reaffirming its commitment to road safety throughout 2012.

The Welsh Ambulance Service is committed to a partnership with fellow North Wales emergency services which is designed to cut injury and death on the region's roads.

We are working together with fire service, police and staff from the DangerPoint Education centre in Talacre to help young adults all over North Wales understand the harsh reality of what happens when road safety isn't adhered to while driving.

Through the 'Deadly Impact's programme, the emergency services are running interactive workshops at colleges and secondary schools across the region.

The audiences are shown the dangers of drink and drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt, speeding and what happens to the persons in a vehicle after something goes wrong.

From the ambulance side we demonstrate how we will react to a patient involved in a road traffic collision.

Then they are shown how the police, fire and ambulance services respond to a vehicle collision during live mock demonstrations.

The ambulance service along with our colleagues know that it is a whole new world for drivers who have just stepped behind the wheel for the first time.

And this is why we are working to play our part by using our experience to make sure young adult drivers know what to expect around the next corner.

We do not want to discourage young drivers from venturing out, but we do want to encourage them to take the time to know their safety limit in the car and outside on the road to stay safe and out of trouble.

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 31, 2012
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