New safety program offers emergency help for motorcyclists

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Aware of the dangers motorcyclists face on the road, city emergency response officials are promoting an ID program aimed at identifying injured riders and their emergency contacts.

As part of a community outreach and safety program, Police Sgt. Tim Henley, firefighter/paramedic Allen Richards and Emergency Management Coordinator Carrie Little developed a program to help identify critical information for the Grapevine Motorcycle Division in case of an accident in which the rider is incapacitated.

“The intent is to provide immediate critical information to our first responders during an emergency situation,” Little said. “Their helmet is usually secured or is very close, while a wallet could get lost and its contents scattered.”

Sgt. Robert Eberling, a police spokesman, said he hopes the idea will spread.

“We would like to make it available for motorcycle riders within Grapevine and the surrounding communities,” said Eberling.

The program encourages motorcycle riders and passengers to place a waterproof card with the rider’s name, emergency contact name and phone number, and blood type inside the top of the helmet for first responder access.

The reverse side of the card will have allergies and specific medical information that will help in providing emergency care.

The outside of the helmet will be adorned with a reflective sticker that identifies that the ‘ICE’ (In Case of Emergency) information is available.

“Motorcyclists utilize roadways eight to nine months out of the year due to the favorable weather conditions found in the State of Texas,” said Eberling.

“As more vehicles are placed in service each year, the likelihood of experiencing an accident with a motorcycle increases dramatically. In most cases, the motorcyclist is incapacitated or has life-threatening injuries which prevent the transfer of emergency notification information to police officers or fire/EMS personnel.”

On Oct. 19, members of the Grapevine Police and Fire Departments sponsored an open house to pass out ICE cards and helmet stickers to motorcycle riders.

Cards and stickers also are available at the police and fire administration buildings.

Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367

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