Date Added- 9 October 2012
WSCC - Press release no.: PR5116
Motorcycle accident course launched in West Sussex
If you were suddenly confronted by a horrific motorcycle accident out on the road, would you know what to do?
A new workshop to prepare people for such an emergency is taking place at 7.00pm in Centenary House,
Durrington Lane, Worthing, BN13 2QB on Monday, 12 November.
'Biker Down' is a free course aimed at riders, those who ride pillion, and motorists.
The three-hour workshop is split into three parts.
The first part demonstrates what you should do if you are the first person to arrive at a crash scene.
The second part deals with lifesaving and first aid skills and the last session is a discussion about 'The Science of Being Seen' on the road.
The course is run by Sussex Police and supported by West Sussex County Council through the Sussex Safer Road Partnership.
Police officers, fire fighters and ambulance crew staff will be there to give practical demonstrations about how to save lives.
Course leader Glen McArthur said; "Well show people how to protect themselves when they are at a crash scene, how to deal with casualties immediately and how to deal with a major injury.
"For example, we will clarify in what circumstances a biker's helmet should be taken off if they are injured.
"We just hope this course provides someone with that 'golden nugget' of information needed to save a motorcyclists life.
Six motorcyclists have been killed in accidents on West Sussex roads so far in 2012. A further 59 riders or pillion passengers have been seriously injured.
Peter Evans, County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Families and a keen biker himself, said; "Motorcyclists make up just one per cent of road users yet a quarter of road accidents where someone is killed or seriously injured involved a motorbike.
"I would urge any biker, or any other road user for that matter, to make the time to attend this workshop.
"There is nothing quite like the enjoyment you get from going out for a ride all we want is for motorcyclists to be able to do this as safely as possible.
A second 'Biker Down' workshop is planned for the same venue at 7.00pm on Tuesday, 15 January, 2013.
If you wish to attend either workshop e-mail; firstname.lastname@example.org
Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.
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