Easter video hits home

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A screenshot from a closing image in Western Sydney Local Health District’s Easter long weekend video.

Western Sydney Local Health District has shared an impactful video in the hope of saving lives over the Easter break and reducing the rising number of road deaths.

The video, which was filmed inside one of NSW’s busiest emergency and trauma centres at Westmead Hospital, takes the viewer on a journey through the eyes of a patient who has been in a car accident after speeding, texting and drink driving.

Westmead Hospital nurses and doctors took part in the video, demonstrating their roles when caring for a patient with life-threatening injuries.

The video concludes with the patient ultimately losing his life, encouraging the viewer to think twice about how they’d like to spend their Easter long weekend: in hospital, or celebrating with family and friends.

NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said almost 100 people have died on NSW roads this year alone.

“Ninety-four people have already lost their lives on NSW roads this year. That is more than one person every day,” Deputy Commissioner Burn said.

“Motorists, passengers and pedestrians need to be accountable for the decisions they make that impact other road users.”

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said speed was the biggest killer last year claiming the lives of 168 people or 43 per cent of the 2017 road toll.

“Driving tired was the second biggest killer on our roads last year and claimed the lives of 75 people,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and we need everyone to understand this risk and commit to driving safely every time they are out on the road.”

Double demerits will be in force from midnight Thursday through to 11.59pm on Monday and extra police will be out in force.