The “Biker NI Safety Card” brings the “Ambulance Motorcycle Club” Crash Card initiative to Northern Ireland.
It is supported by the major agencies involved in keeping us safe on the road: PSNI Bikesafe – Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) – Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS).
Motorcyclists are provided free of charge with a card, which is place inside their helmet as a medical alert, details which the rider has written on the card provides vital information for attending ambulance crews or emergency responders if the motorcyclist is injured in a road traffic collision or unable to talk coherently because of concussion or having been knocked out.
To let those attending know about this vital information the rider places a sticker on the outside of the helmet, on the right hand side, (NOT on the visor or other attachments) indicating that a rider or pillion is carrying a safety card inside the lining of their helmet.
The wording on the sticker is aimed at anybody who may, in an attempt to help at the scene of a road traffic collision try to force a helmet off a rider’s head, keeping the helmet in place until emergency responders assess the situation.
However the “job” of the card does not stop there, one side of the card has the memory aid CRASH, which is intended to be a set of easy to remember steps if you are the one making the 999 call and follows a similar set of questions universally used by ambulance service control centres, and focuses on safety, the location of the accident, and how serious it is.
The original “Crash Card” was designed by paramedics and the simple aim of the card in its various forms from the original GB card to Sweden and the USA remains, to save valuable time and help in improving treatment pre hospital.
Trevor Baird from Right To Ride, who is bringing the card to Northern Ireland through the motorcycle safety initiative Ride It Ride said, “The emergency services and their personnel are at the forefront of dealing with collisions on our roads, from the minor to the most major. If the card helps them to medically deal with these and subsequently helps riders, then we hope that both riders and pillions take the card to their hearts and carry them close to their heads”
For full information on the cards and now to “Get A Card” visit the Biker NI Safety Card Website – www.bikernisafetycard.org
Video from Learn2Ride who have supported the introduction of the Ambulance Motorcycle Club “Crash Card” in Northern Ireland from the very start.
Video from CotswoldTV
Featuring Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership
Explaining about their version of the Crash Card