Don't become a statistic this Christmas

RACQ has issued a strong warning to drivers ahead of the holiday season following two fatalities on Queensland roads over the weekend.

The Courier Mail reported a motorcyclist was killed in a crash at Nobby in the Darling Downs, and a woman was fatally struck in a hit and run in the Lockyer Valley while walking back to her vehicle after it had broken down.

Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said had reminded drivers about the importance of breakdown safety, particularly during the busy holiday period.

“If you find yourself broken down on the side of the road, safety is the first priority,” Ms Ritchie said.

“If you can, get out of your vehicle and get being a safety barrier or as far away from the roadside as possible. If you aren’t able to, then the next safest position is in the car, with your seatbelt on.

“RACQ prioritises vehicles broken down on highways due to the extreme speeds and number of cars travelling past. Stranded motorists will receive a text reminder from RACQ about where to safely wait for help.”

Ms Ritchie said while the current road toll remained lower than the same time last year, it was not time for drivers to become complacent.

“At the moment, the Queensland road toll is at 212 compared to 229 this time last year,” she said.

“If you come across someone broken down, please move over and slow down.

“While it is an improvement, every life lost is one too many and as we head into a busy time on the roads we are pleading with motorists to take their time and make safe choices.

“If you’re going on a road trip, take regular breaks to beat fatigue, don’t drink and drive or speed and please don’t be distracted by your phone.”