New CRASH cards available for Suffolk motorcyclists

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A road safety initiative has been re-launched for motorcyclists in Suffolk that seeks to help the emergency services in the case of an accident.

The CRASH card scheme asks riders to fill out a card with their identity, medical and next of kin details and then place it inside the lining at the bottom of their crash helmet. A rider with a card will put a green dot on the right of their helmet or visor to notify the emergency services.

The card then provides vital information that can save valuable time and help treatment, especially if the rider is either unconscious or unable to communicate.

The CRASH card was launched in Essex in 2009 by the Ambulance Motorcycle Club and since then hundreds of thousands of cards have been distributed through similar schemes around the world. Ian Burrell, the paramedic behind the idea, received an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list in 2013 for the work which had gone into the scheme.

Around 15,000 cards have been produced and shared across Suffolk thanks to Glen, a motorcyclist who got involved in the project after being seriously injured in a collision. Glen has worked with Suffolk RoSPA Advanced Motorcyclists (SRAM), and gained sponsorship from the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner and the Copdock Classic Motorcycle Club, to produce the cards for his area.

Example crash card:

Published 25th August, 2015

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