Earlier this month 2 paramedics attending the scene of an accident were added to the long list of December road fatalities.It is especially sad when those who try to save lives are themselves threatened by irresponsible driving behaviour of motorists near accident scenes!
The first hour after an accident is known as the Golden Hour – and paramedics might be so focused on saving lives that safety around them is not given the necessary attention.
We would like to urge all drivers to drive with caution at the scene of an accident – irrespective whether the accident scene has been secured with marker or not.
Safe Driving near Accidents
An accident scene is an important driver distraction. Many accidents occur next to accidents scenes where motorists are not attentive to the road ahead and only focused on the emergency activities at the scene.
The following advice is provided on the Arrive Alive Website to motorists driving near accident scenes:
* Slow down when you see an accident scene – and if necessary –Stop!
* Look for changes in the traffic pattern around the accident
* Look for personnel directing traffic
* Stop when directed to stop and do so immediately. Do not keep coasting slowly.
* Proceed through the scene slowly when directed to do so
* Look for signs indicating what you should do
* Watch out for emergency services personnel walking around the scene
* Watch out for emergency vehicles arriving and departing the scene
* Do not stare at the accident scene or flashing lights while your vehicle is in motion
* Do not honk your horn. Rest assured, it will not get you through any faster!
* Do not make sudden movements
* Do not assume anything. Do only as directed by the police or officials directing traffic
* Do not disregard the directions of the personnel directing traffic