Plea for safety ahead of festive season

Sam GibbsHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Harvey St John Ambulance volunteer John Harrison-Brown, Harvey Fire and Rescue Service Lt Josh Jones and Harvey Police officer-in-charge Sgt Scott Gillis came together to urge people to stay safe this festive season.
Camera IconHarvey St John Ambulance volunteer John Harrison-Brown, Harvey Fire and Rescue Service Lt Josh Jones and Harvey Police officer-in-charge Sgt Scott Gillis came together to urge people to stay safe this festive season. Credit: Picture: Sam Gibbs, Sam Gibbs.

Harvey’s emergency services have come together to urge people to stay safe and act responsibly over the festive season, particularly on our roads.

Harvey police officer-in-charge Sgt Scott Gillis said motorists needed to take care with the extra traffic to avoid a visit from emergency services.

“We’d all much rather Santa knocking on the door than a police officer, it’s not a very nice job to have to do,” Sgt Gillis said.

“The volunteers are greatly affected too, St Johns and the fire and rescue service, they’re all volunteers so they’d much rather be at home with their families.”

Sgt Gillis said the Harvey community had already been impacted by a fatal crash on December 9 just outside the town and another fatal crash a few days earlier outside Brunswick.

“Especially over the festive season, it impacts families a lot more because it is the time when everyone’s supposed to be coming together and enjoying the moment and being happy with family and friends.

“Unfortunately, not everyone has that opportunity due to a serious crash and not only fatal crashes but serious injuries also have a massive impact on families.”

Sgt Gillis said holiday makers would flock to the South West for the Christmas and New Year holiday period and everyone needed to take care with the extra traffic.

“It is a massive time... a lot of people come to the South West because of the tourist area and there’s a lot to do, it’s a nice place to get away to.

“But it does come with hazards on the roads... police are going to be out in force targeting the main ones; speeding, mobile phones, alcohol and seatbelts.

“From everyone with emergency services it’s just about having a wonderful time with your family, have a good, safe Merry Christmas and a good New Year, and stay safe on the roads.”

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