Auxiliary firefighters from Warwick and Killarney undertook road crash rescue practice at the Warwick Fire Station last week.
Auxiliary firefighters from Warwick and Killarney undertook road crash rescue practice at the Warwick Fire Station last week. Elyse Wurm

Is the fleeting rush worth the torrent of trauma?

IT'S a shame we have our local police jumping up and down about lead-footed drivers during the Christmas holiday period, which is one of the most deadly times on our roads.

What will it take for us to get the message?

Speeding is consistently lauded as being one of the major causes of road deaths and yet our cops are dishing out fine after fine to offenders exceeding the limit by more than 20km/h.

How many people have to die before we take this issue seriously?

Not only are you gambling with your own life when you speed, you are endangering the lives of other motorists and pedestrians - innocent people on their way to work or school and who are unknowingly and unwittingly put in harm's way by selfish speedsters.

A serious crash has consequences that ripple through the community and changes people forever.

Families are destroyed and others are left with life-long scars, both physical and mental.

It's not just the people directly involved that are left wounded.

Emergency services personnel are the first responders to serious crashes and are behind the scenes doing the work rarely thought about. They are holding injured people's hands, trying to free people from wreckages and dealing with the tragedy that is road crash death.

Please think about the lives you will change when you put your foot on the accelerator.

Is that few seconds you save or the fleeting rush really worth the trauma a crash will unleash on those around you?

Kerri Moore, editor



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