Record low road toll still not good enough: RACQ

While Queensland was set to reach its lowest annual road toll since the early 1950s, RACQ begged drivers to recognise the only acceptable number was zero.

Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said there had been 217 fatalities on the State’s roads so far this year compared to 239 deaths in 2018.

“While it’s encouraging to see this improvement and potentially a new record low set, we should never lose sight of the fact we still lost 217 people on Queensland roads,” Ms Ritchie said.

“We want people to think about their recent Christmas celebrations and imagine one less person being around the table. For many families who lost loved ones this year that’s their reality, every fatality leaves a huge gap in families and communities.”

Ms Ritchie said the current road toll equated to 4.22 deaths per 100,000 people which was below the Australian average of 4.7 in the 12 months to November.

“It’s that time of year where we all make resolutions, and in 2020 we want every driver to commit to thinking about the Fatal Five every time they get behind the wheel. These are the five most common causes of death of our roads – speeding, drink driving, fatigue, not wearing seatbelts and distraction – and all of them are avoidable,” she said.  

“The vast majority of road deaths are preventable and with so many people still hitting the road for summer holidays we’re urging drivers to take extra care.

“Don’t get behind the wheel if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, always wear your seatbelt and don’t speed.

“And If you’re heading away on a road trip take a break every two hours to help beat fatigue.”