Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Our View; Christmas Holidays Bring Many Challenges

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Our View; Christmas Holidays Bring Many Challenges

Article excerpt

SCHOOL holidays started yesterday, the signal for the start of the Christmas-New Year holiday season in earnest.

This time of the year brings many challenges for families and emergency services as people venture out of their home comfort zones on roads and to far away holiday destinations.

All these activities have inherent dangers and every holiday season the messages are put out by police, ambulance, fireys, lifesavers and various welfare groups for people to take care, stay calm and at all times be alert.

This year the message is no different, police are appealing to drivers to take care and heed the fatal four, speeding, drink driving, fatigue and wearing of seatbelts.

In the heat of summer others are warning about the dangers of excess consumption of alcohol and the need to stay hydrated.

Already this week there has been a rescue in the surf at Rainbow beach which is another pointer to people to be aware of what they are doping and not to take unnecessary risks, especially around water. …

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