KEEPING a cool head while on the road will not only help wipe out distractions and irresponsible driving and prevent a serious accident, but it will also help to spare families and friends losing a loved one and emergency personnel being affected by the road trauma. At today’s CoolHeads Young Driver Program these points will be placed in the spotlight with attendees really learning the affects road trauma has on all involved.
Running from 7pm sharp on Wednesday, March 18 at GOTAFE Harder Auditorium, the program will see local guest speaker, Damien Willoughby share his and his family’s story as victims of road trauma.
Damien will speak about the impact of losing his sister and brother-in-law to road trauma when he was just 15 years old and how over 15 years later, his family has never been the same.
Also speaking at the program will be Acting Team Manager of Ambulance Victoria Shepparton, Brent Law, who knows all too well about road trauma and the devastation it causes to all involved.
Having spent 9 years as a nurse at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne specialising in trauma, followed by five years as an Ambulance Paramedic, Brent has come across some terrible situations that he will never forget.
Brent said, “One event that has really stuck with me while I was a nurse was working on a motorcyclist that had been involved in a serious accident who passed away due to his injuries. I had actually ridden my motorcycle to work that day and on my way out to my bike, I passed by the patient’s family who I had just spent the last hour with and they turned to me and said to ride home safely.
“Since being an Ambulance member I have also been witness to a major accident, where the driver was killed instantly on impact and the passenger was unconscious and taken to hospital. I still remember seeing the driver. It was pretty bad.
“These types of events really make you think about what you do in your day to day life.
“The Shepparton Ambulance branch does come into contact with large amounts of road trauma and it really does impact everybody involved.
“CoolHeads is a good program because it highlights the impact that the choices made on the road can have.
“Coming up to Easter, it’s important that drivers pay attention to the road and be aware of their fatigue.”