Don't Panic: New safety app launched for Devon drivers
A NEW phone app has been launched to help people who have been involved in a collision, hurt or seriously injured on Devon's roads.
The 'P.A.N.I.C' App has been developed in partnership with the Police, Fire service, Ambulance service and Devon County Council as part of the Learn to Live initiative.
PANIC stands for Protect, Assess, Number, Injuries and Call which tells the user exactly what to do in the event of a crash.
Another feature is a location finder to ensure emergency services are given as accurate location as possible which could save vital minutes.
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The App also has a basic first aid section giving emergency first aid information for those first few important minutes.
The idea for the App came about after one of the Learn2Live speakers, 18 year old Nicole Perrett from South Devon admitted that she did not know what to do when she was involved in a crash.
From further research it was confirmed that many young drivers did not know what to do, who to contact or what to say when involved in a collision.
The learn2live partnership decided that they would revive an old acronym information card system called PANIC but turn it into an app.
Cabinet member for Highways and Transportation, Councillor Stuart Hughes says; "These days, almost every young person carries a smart phone and this is an ideal way to get important information to them in the event of a collision.
"I am really pleased to be supporting this project and the whole Learn2Live initiative which does tremendous work in promoting road safety to young people.
"Our hope is that the app may well be used by a much larger range of people including motorcyclists and cyclists and could really make the difference in a life or death situation."
During development a number of additional features were added to the original, and the app now includes an ICE screen (In Case of Emergency) It has a section where reminders can be set for tyre, oil, MOT and Road Tax alerts. There is also an area to store useful contact numbers such as a local garage and breakdown membership number.
The Police, Fire service and the County all contributed towards the development costs with the Peninsula Trauma network and the Ambulance service providing specialist advice.
The App will be promoted to all the 15,000 students who attend a Learn2Live event across Devon and Cornwall.
The App will be available in Apple, Android and Blackberry versions and available on the Learn2Live website www.learn-2-live.org.uk