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Event Protocols   (also available as a downloadable document here)

These conditions are intended to ensure the safety of SLK Drivers Club members in events conducted by the Club as well as other road users.
All participants (drivers and passengers) must;
• Comply with the provisions of the Road Traffic Act (NSW) and Regulations
• Drive safely and with courtesy to other members and public users of the roads
• Note that careless or dangerous driving is not tolerated and offenders may be directed to leave an event
• Note also that a participant who disregards a reasonable instruction from the cruise leader or a Club office bearer may, after due process, have their membership terminated
• Accept personal responsibility for and exercise their own judgment as to whether they should join or continue in any event arranged by the Club.
• Note that information provided by the Club through its meetings, publications or activities is intended as a guide only and is not necessarily endorsed by the Club.
• Accept full responsibility for incidents arising from their driving or related actions that occur during the conduct of any Club event
• Be aware that the SLK Drivers Club of NSW, its office bearers and representatives accept no responsibility for an individual member’s driving or any behaviour prejudicial to road safety or the safe and orderly conduct of an event
• Ensure that the member has adequate comprehensive and public liability insurance cover for the vehicle in use and its occupants for the duration of any Club event


VEHICLE INCIDENT PROTOCOL

1. IMMEDIATE ACTION

·       Allocate duties (traffic control, crowd control, calling for assistance, etc).

·        Clear the critical area and keep it accessible to emergency or other personnel and equipment.

 

2. ENSURE THE ROAD IS SAFE FOR OTHER USERS

·     Make sure all stationary vehicles are off the road traffic area if possible.

·     Use headlights/hazard lights to warn other drivers and, if dark, illuminate the scene with headlights.

·     Place a person a reasonable distance either side of the incident to alert and slow approaching traffic.

 
3. CONTACT THE RUN LEADER

·     Use a radio or mobile phone to advise the run leader of the incident.

·     If the leader is out of radio or phone range, contact someone else on the run and ask that they relay the message.

 
4. IF A PERSON IS INJURED

·       Check if anyone is medically qualified or trained in first aid to attend to the injured person and check the conscious state of the person:

 

If the person is conscious:

·       Keep them in the vehicle unless they are in danger.

·       Attempt to control any dangerous bleeding by applying direct pressure.

·       Keep them warm and wait for the ambulance to arrive.

·       Do not give any food or drink.

If the person is unconscious check the following:

·       Airway: Check for blockage (tongue, teeth, food, etc) and clear airway.

·       Breathing: Check person is breathing once every 3 to 5 seconds
Circulation: Check the person’s heart rate. Place two fingers into the groove next to the ‘Adam’s apple’ on the person’s neck and count the pulse over one minute.

·       If breathing and circulation are confirmed and the person is unconscious, support the person’s neck by holding both sides of the head and maintain a head position that ensures the person’s chin is held off the chest. This ensures a clear airway.

·       If not breathing, or pulse is absent, gently remove the person from the vehicle and commence resuscitation.

5. AMBULANCE ASSISTANCE

·       1. If necessary call 000 for an ambulance. Give an accurate location of the incident, describe the circumstances and endeavour to explain the nature of the patient’s condition.

·       If mobile phone reception is not available, arrange for cars to drive to the nearest centre for help, ensuring they are equipped with mobile phones and requiring them to attempt to make mobile connection to inform those waiting at the scene of any impending assistance.

 

6. IF NO-ONE IS INJURED

·              Assess whether the vehicle/s involved can be driven.

·              If so, arrange for the vehicle/s to rejoin the convoy or proceed to the nearest centre where appropriate help is available.

·              If not, assess what help is required at the site and contact appropriate assistance. If no mobile phone reception immediately available, arrange for cars to drive to the nearest centre for help, ensuring they are equipped with mobile phones and requiring them to attempt to make mobile connection to inform those waiting at the scene of any impending assistance.

6. POLICE
If a person is injured or a vehicle requires towing, the law requires that the police be notified of the incident. In outlying areas where mobile service is available contact 000, otherwise report to the nearest police station.


 


 


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