16th November 2020
THE Welsh Ambulance Service is backing national Road Safety Week (16-22 November 2020) and encouraging people to download a ground-breaking app.
Launched in 2013, the What3Words app can help emergency and recovery services locate you to within a three square metre radius should an accident or breakdown occur on the highways – or in fact, in any situation.
The app creators have mapped the entire planet and sectioned it into three metre squares, and each square has a unique three word sequence attached to it.
Once activated, the app will source your exact location and give you a three word sequence, ‘Wild – Coffee – Bike’ for example, and even if you’re lost, quoting this to the emergency or recovery services will allow them to pinpoint you and send help to exactly the right spot.
Kate Blackmore, the Welsh Ambulance Service’s Clinical Contact Centre Area Manager, said: “This Road Safety Week we would urge people to download the What3Words app to their phones and always ensure they travel with it.
“Should the worst happen out on the roads, especially with Wales’ rural terrain, the app can help us and other emergency services identify your location as quickly as possible through an easy to use phrase.
“The app works anywhere in the world and in multiple languages including Welsh.
“You can even find your current location without a data connection, eliminating the panic of describing your location in an emergency situation.”
Road Safety Week was founded in 1997 by the road safety charity Brake to promote steps everybody can take to stop needless accidents and injuries on the UK’s roads.
This year’s theme is ‘No Need To Speed,’ and someone who knows all too well about the dangers speeding is paramedic and Clinical Team Leader, Dermot O’Leary.
Along with police and fire colleagues, Dermot runs the successful Deadly Impacts road safety campaign in North Wales and regularly visits schools and colleges to educate young people about the dangers of speeding via workshops and lectures.
He said: “We are fully behind the 2020 Road Safety Week message as excessive speed is number one in the Fatal Five: excessive speed, anti-social driving, no seatbelts, drink or drug-driving and using a mobile phone whilst driving.
“As the nights and weather close in, driving conditions inevitably worsen and the risk of accidents increases.
“We are always here, but we don’t want to be seeing you in an unnecessary road accident, so stick to the speed limit, keep your distance and check your vehicle is winter ready.”
Visit the Road Safety Week website for more information, and download What3Words from your App Store.