RESCUE squad members use cutting equipment to free a man trapped by his legs in a two-vehicle accident in Greenway Drive, Sou
RESCUE squad members use cutting equipment to free a man trapped by his legs in a two-vehicle accident in Greenway Drive, Sou

Man trapped by legs

By LEONIE BRANN

RESCUE workers used the jaws of life to cut a 50-year-old man from his crumpled work vehicle after a two-vehicle accident on Greenway Drive in Tweed Heads South yesterday afternoon.

The driver of the twin-cab light truck was taken by ambulance to The Tweed Hospital with lower leg injuries after being stabilised by rescue workers at the scene of the accident.

A four-wheel drive was also involved in the accident.

Two Tweed Heads Volunteer Rescue Association members and Tweed Heads police attended the accident that happened at 4.17pm.

Meanwhile, more drivers and passengers have been caught not wearing a seatbelt during the Christmas and New Year period, police figures have revealed.

From December 23 2005 to January 3 2006, 41 drivers and passengers were found to not be wearing a seatbelt.

This is a large increase on the figures for the same period in 2004-2005 were 27 drivers and passengers were found not wearing the appropriate re-straints, Regional Traffic Coordinator Snr Sgt Mal Read said yesterday.

Snr Sgt Read said he was also alarmed that drivers in the Tweed and Byron shires have not been getting the message to slow down, with more drivers speeding during this period than in the same time-frame last year.

Figures taken up to midnight on Tuesday, show 381 drivers will be issued speeding fines, compared to figures for the same period in 2004-2005 when 324 drivers were fined for speeding.

During Operation Safe Arrival this year, 1984 people have been breath tested by police and 34 drivers were charged with driving under the influence.

This is a drop on same period for 2004-2005, when 36 were charged with drink driving and 2651 drivers breath tested.

Infringements issued by police during this year's operation, for offences other than speeding and not wearing a seatbelt totalled 187, compared to 255 for the same period in 2004-2005.

Operation Safe Arrival ends on January 6.

Meanwhile, the NSW Christmas-New Year holiday road toll has climbed to 15 after four deaths on New South Wales roads since Tuesday.



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