Take road safety seriously this Fatality Free Friday: RACQ

RACQ has delivered a strong warning to drivers about the need for safety as it marked Fatality Free Friday, with data revealing Queensland’s grave road toll figures.

Queensland’s current road toll was 88, up by 11 on the same time last year despite strict stay at home restrictions in place in recent months due to COVID-19. 

Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said Fatality Free Friday was a timely reminder for drivers to make a conscious effort to drive safely. 

“This day is aimed at promoting zero deaths on Australian roads for one day of the year, and there’s no better time for that in Queensland,” Ms Ritchie said. 

“We’ve seen fewer cars on the roads because of coronavirus we would have expected to see less deaths on the roads, not more.”

Ms Ritchie said as COVID-19 restrictions continued to ease and roads became busier, motorists needed to remember the Fatal Five and ensure they were up to the task of driving.

“Queenslanders can now travel 150kms from home or 500kms in outback areas, and we’re seeing the roads becoming busier as more people return to school and the office,” she said.

“Which is why we’re pleading with everyone to take the responsibility of driving seriously. Most crashes are preventable, so we need to drive like every day is Fatality Free Friday.

“When you get behind the wheel put away distractions like your mobile phone, make sure everyone is buckled up and don’t speed or drive if you’re tired or affected by drugs or alcohol.

“The road toll is not just a number, every life lost on our roads is a tragedy and leaves behind a shattered family, friends and community.”