School holiday driving a risk for families: RACQ

12 December 2018 The State’s peak motoring body has urged drivers across south east Queensland to take extra care on the roads this holiday season, after it was revealed RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters had attended 113 crashes since the start of the year.

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said the Club’s helicopter network had responded to a distressing number of motor vehicle crashes this year.

“We still have a few weeks left of 2018, and already our RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters have attended 113 crashes,” Ms Hunter said.

“Given the Christmas and New Year period’s such a high-risk time on the road, we’re worried we’ll see a spike in incidents, so we’re asking everyone to drive to survive.

“Before you hit the road, plan your trip carefully. Make sure you get enough sleep, have a break every two hours, buckle up, put away distractions like phones, and don’t be tempted to speed or get behind the wheel if you’ve had a few drinks.”

RACQ LifeFlight Director of Helicopter Operations Brian Guthrie said motor vehicle crashes were among some of the most confronting scenes its rescue crews faced.

“Already this year, our crews have been called to a higher number of motor vehicle crashes during school holiday breaks – and we don’t want this trend to continue,” Mr Guthrie said.

“We want you to enjoy these holidays and have a great time, but to celebrate the Christmas break with your loved ones, you have to get there safely.”