The region’s ambulance service is urging people of all ages to look out for each other while out and about during the bank holiday and beyond.
The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) saw an increase in calls over the May Day weekend compared with last year and the service is expecting a similar vein with the half term holiday starting next week across the whole region.
EEAST director of operations, Neil Storey said: “We generally see an increase in calls over the school holidays as more families are out and about enjoying the break.
“We want people to stay safe by being seen if they are out walking or cycling. Cyclists should wear a helmet and use cycle paths wherever possible, pedestrians need to cross safely especially if they are using earphones and can’t hear the traffic, and drivers and motorcyclists should of course be speed aware.”
Only a small percentage of emergency calls relate to road traffic collisions but the effects can be devastating.
“We especially ask drivers to think when they’re travelling through residential areas where children are playing and constantly bear in mind the speed limit,” added Mr Storey.
Other services including out of hours GPs and NHS 111 are expecting an increase in demand and people are being asked to act sensibly by seeking the appropriate help.
Further advice is available via EEAST’s Right Call campaign at http://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/the-right-call.htm