The year has changed, but old habits don't change so fast.
As we complete another circulation of the sun, ambulance officers are seeing first-hand the effects the ‘silly’ season can have.
But, the busy silly season doesn’t come without a cost.
United Voice delegate David, who is a first hand responding paramedic said he’s seen a lot of tragedies and has witnessed the effects of loss.
“It’s sad watching the families when their first realising their loss, their emotions are so raw and they’re the images I leave the call with, the devastation,” he said.
Domestic violence and vehicle incidents are rife around the year, but often increase over the holiday period.
“Family and friends are out a lot more travelling with them, or travelling to visit them and socialising with increased amounts of alcohol,
“I see some increase in alcohol related crashes but the majority for me is the alcohol related violence, with a large part of this being domestic violence,“ he said.
David, along with other paramedics knows all it takes is one bad choice in judgment and urge people to think wisely about decisions they make.
“Try thinking for a second about the decisions you're making and how they affect others you interact with or leave behind," he said
Ambulance staff help Western Australians out every day, and while you’re out enjoying your summer they want you to do your bit for a safe 2018.