STARS News Release
STARS ready to respond Victoria Day long weekend
May 16, 2012
ALBERTA, May 16, 2012 - This Victoria Day long weekend STARS is reminding urban and rural residents to be cautious when traveling highways and enjoying recreational activities such as camping, hiking, horse back riding and all terrain vehicle use. Approximately 70 per cent of traumatic deaths occur outside of cities, in spite of only 30 per cent of Canada’s population living in rural areas. Our quiet rural highways offer higher speeds, variable road conditions, wildlife interactions, and diverse weather challenges.
The following are helpful tips to stay safe and accident free this May long weekend:
- Wear safety gear, especially a helmet when engaged in activities that have a risk of head injury and insist that everyone wear lifejackets when in a boat.
- Do not operate motorized all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) or go boating while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (including prescription drugs that may cause impairment).
- Ensure you have the proper training and education to operate ATVs or powerboats before using them.
- When in remote areas, or on lakes and rivers, inform someone about your location and anticipated departure and arrival times.
- Actively supervise children and stay within arm’s reach of small children when they are in, on or around water.
- Drive the speed limit while on roadways, and drive powerboats and ATVs responsibly by adjusting your speed to suit the situation and conditions.
- Learn basic swim survival skills and know how to stay calm during an unexpected fall into water.
Media can call to arrange interview opportunities with a STARS team member by calling the STARS media line at 1-866-966-8277.
STARS is a charitable, non-profit organization that provides rapid and specialized emergency medical care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients. STARS has flown more than 22,000 missions since 1985, and operates from five bases in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, including Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Regina and Winnipeg. A new base is anticipated to open in Saskatoon in late 2012.
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