Shocking new road toll statistics revealed

RACQ has expressed serious concern over the state of the national road toll, with new statistics revealing Australia was unlikely to meet its National Road Safety Strategy targets for fatalities.

It came as the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), released its latest Benchmarking Report which found that although Queensland saw a 7.3 percent decline in road deaths since last year, the national road toll was higher today than it was four years ago.

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said the figures indicated not enough was being done to stop people dying or being seriously injured on our roads.

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“We’ve been calling on all leaders within our State and Federal Governments to work together to deliver the performance indicators they all committed to in 2011,” Mr Turner said.

“In the last 12 months alone, 1,214 people were killed in crashes across the country – this should serve as a major wake-up call that something isn’t working.”

Mr Turner said while the Club was pleased to see the new national Office of Road Safety established following the recent Federal Election, it hoped it would be backed by real investment, greater leadership and accountability.

“Sadly, we know all too well the irreversible effects serious crashes have on victims, their families and communities,” he said.

“We just can’t afford for this current trend to continue, no one can.”

More information, including the AAA’s Benchmarking Report, was available on AAA’s website.