Live wires warning to save lives

The State’s peak motoring body has echoed an urgent safety warning which would help save lives in car crashes that brought down live power wires.

As reported in Auto Talk, Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Dr Anthony Lynham has launched a safety campaign and revealed drivers had struck parts of the Queensland power network more than 50 times during the Easter school holiday period last year.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said the campaign delivered a simple safety message to drivers who might find themselves in these frightening situations.

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“Stay in the car, call 000 and wait for help,” Mr Spalding said.

“In these scenarios, natural instinct kicks in and often people believe the right thing to do is turn the vehicle off and get out. Powerlines can still be energised and electricity can travel through metal to the ground so bystanders and first responders need to be particularly careful too.”

Mr Spalding said it was important drivers remembered the and avoided these types of crashes in the first place.

“In particular, if you’re driving at speed or are distracted, it’s a recipe for disaster. Drivers lose control of the vehicle, often resulting in veering off the road and crashing into roadside objects like power poles.”

More information about the campaign was available on Energex’s website.