Scary stats from the Fire Brigade

Here are some really scary statistics from a press release sent out by Notts Fire and Rescue today.

The fire service attends more than 700 road traffic collisions in the county every year, releasing trapped casualties and making vehicles safe. Figures for 2007/08 so far suggest that these figures are likely to be replicated this year, with 337 attendances already recorded between April and September. East Midlands Ambulance Service attend approximately 10 road accidents in the county every day.

Most accidents happen on the county’s ‘A‘ roads, with one-third of these taking place on the A52 and the A46. The majority happen on Sundays and Tuesdays – Wednesday is the quietest day – and the busiest time for emergency services is between 8am and 10am, and 2pm and 8pm.

The Fire and Rescue Service has more call-outs to road traffic collisions than to fires, and we see more deaths and injuries as a result,” explained Watch Manager Rick Cropley, of West Bridgford Fire Station, who has organised Monday’s event.

“Many of these accidents are caused by inexperience, inappropriate speed and drivers under the influence of drink or drugs. It isn’t always that driver who comes off worst in the event of a crash. Sadly, it is often the passengers or occupants of a different vehicle entirely who suffer the consequences.

“I would urge people to ‘Think!’ about the risks they are taking and the danger they may put their friends in if they take the bend too fast or mix driving with taking alcohol or drugs. The consequences are all too obvious and a conviction has the potential to ruin your life. “

They’re having an event on Monday when they’ll mock up a collision with multiple cars and a lorry.

Another factoid

Today’s factoid: “Polish/polish” is the only word in the English language whose pronunciation changes when you capitalise a letter.

Sorry for all the short posts in recent weeks – I’m struggling to find the enthusiasm to write anything more noteworthy.