Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable on the road. If you're a long-time rider, chances are you've been involved in at least one motorcycle accident in the past. Some of them may be minor but in case of a serious accident, quick medical attention could save your life. Hornsby Shire Council has worked with emergency services agencies to provide cards to NSW motorcyclists that contain vital information for paramedics that are called out to these kind of accidents. Here's what you need to know.
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The cards that the Hornsby Shire Council are offering to motorcyclists in NSW are called CRASH cards and they're placed in the lining of motorcycle helmets. On one side of the card, there's the mnemonic CRASH, which is based on a set of questions used by ambulance service control centres. It focuses on safety, the location of the collision and how serious it is.
On the other side, the rider can fill out details of their medical history that is valuable to attending paramedics along with information on who to contact in case of an emergency. Motorcyclists that get a CRASH card should put a red dot sticker on their helmet visor so paramedics will know to look for the card.
The CRASH card scheme was introduced in the UK back in 2009. Hornsby Shire Council, in conjunction with NSW Ambulance, NSW Police Force and Fire & Rescue NSW, is the only council giving the cards out at this stage (due to the higher than average number of incidents involving motorcyclists in the local area). There are 10,000 up for grabs and they're available to riders across NSW. More will be available at a later time.
It's a great initiative to introduce to Australia although only a limited number of cards are available for distribution. Hornsby Council is working with the Centre for Road Safety for funding to roll out the cards with motorcycle registrations or licensing. The Motorcycle Council of NSW will also have CRASH cards available soon.
It would be great to see other local councils and state governments get on board for this CRASH card initiative.
If you're a motorcyclist living in NSW, you can apply for a CRASH card through the dedicated Hornsby Council website which will go live on June 26.