Huge fleet of vehicles helps Magpas Air Ambulance launch its new road safety campaign
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Magpas Air Ambulance is urging the public to sport stickers highlighting the five most common factors in traffic accidents in a new campaign.
The idea was to help raise awareness by encouraging as many fleet vehicles as possible to sport the sticker which highlights the five most common factors in road traffic accidents: speeding, using a mobile phone whilst driving, not wearing a seatbelt, being under the influence whilst behind the wheel and driving too close to the car in front.
Magpas doctor, Nathan Howes said: “At Magpas Air Ambulance, we would never wish for anyone to be involved in a road traffic accident. However, if they are, thanks to public support we can continue to deliver the highest level of pre-hospital emergency medical care to them, in their ultimate time of need.
“Today is an inspirational and educational example of how we can collectively reach out to members of the community and encourage companies to display these stickers on their vehicles.
“We want to prevent accidents and stop the next generation of drivers from dying on our roads.”
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Local man Phil Hayes knows how serious the impact of a road traffic incident can be. He suffered life-threatening injuries when his car flipped and rolled several times - landing on its roof in a ditch, where he was left trapped and hanging upside down.
Magpas Air Ambulance flew hospital level care to Phil and as a result, instead of being left paralysed, Phil was able to take his first steps just over three weeks later and has since made a great recovery.
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“I feel like I’m the luckiest person alive. We all know we’ve got to get to places and we’ve all done it when we’re rushing, keeping our eyes on the clock - but it’s that sort of behaviour that we need to change,” he said.
“It’s doesn’t matter if you’re late for an appointment, what really matters is that you keep yourself alive. I will be forever grateful for the excellent work of Magpas Air Ambulance.”