Over 5,000 ambulance calls for crashes

Published Monday, 19 November 2012
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The Ambulance Service has taken more than 5,000 calls for road traffic collisions in the past 12 months, it has been revealed.

Over 5,000 ambulance calls for crashes
UTV went out with an ambulance crew during its busiest time. (© UTV)

Most calls come from the Northern Trust and Belfast Trust areas, with 1,186 and 1,169 each.

It has also been revealed that accidents are most likely to happen on a Friday in Northern Ireland, and between the hours of 4pm to 8pm.

The figures were disclosed at the start of Road Safety Week.

The Ambulance Service is calling on all road users to exercise caution as winter conditions take a grip, adding to the already present difficulties caused by longer periods of darkness.

A spokesperson said: "NIAS crews attend too many incidents where they look into the wreckage of a car to see worlds that will be shattered when news of the incident reaches other family members.

"They are also aware, at these times, that they are family men and women themselves and whilst tending to the needs of the injured or dying, their thoughts will soon turn to their own friends and relatives who just as easily could be involved in a similar incident."

Emergency crews attended 4,513 incidents in the past 12 months.

"Each one of these incidents has the potential to cost a road user their life or for them to suffer serious injury," the NIAS continued.

"There are obviously some groups who are more vulnerable than others and this year's campaign will focus on older people.

"NIAS honestly believes that Northern Irelands road safety campaigns have a great impact and have played a major role in reducing death on our roads.

"Campaigns, such as Road Safety Week, are an opportune time for us to remind people that we do not want any family to suffer a preventable loss in the run up to Christmas."

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