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Prince Michael Award for CRASH Cards

25 October 2011

A Prince Michael International Road Safety Award has been presented for the Motorcycle CRASH Card scheme which has grown significantly in the last year.

The CRASH card scheme organised by The Ambulance Motorcycle Club has been very successful, both in the UK and in the USA where it is known as Rider Alert. In 6 months the Richmond Ambulance Authority a leading Ambulance services in America has distributed 125,000 Rider Alert Cards. In the UK since the schemes initial launch in 2009 over 360,000 CRASH Cards have been produced. Motorcycle injuries have been reduced by over £6m in that time in the east of London and Essex.

CRASH Cards are designed to be an aid to both the person making the 999 call and the crew who attend, one side of the card carries the mnemonic CRASH for helpful hints which will assist the 999 call taker if a rider has come off but is not seriously injured or happens across an accident and is using the card as a prompt.

The other side gives riders space to write their name, date of birth and medication, so when an ambulance crew arrives at the scene of an accident they will identify an unconscious or seriously ill rider has a card in their helmet by a small green dot placed at the side of the visor on their helmet.

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