Too many lives lost: Report reveals road toll progress stalled

RACQ has urged drivers to make safer driving a priority, after a new report showed progress towards reducing Australia’s road toll had come to a standstill.

The latest Australian Automobile Association (AAA) report showed as of March 2020, not a single State, with the exception of ACT, was on track to meet the target of reducing road deaths and injuries by 30 percent.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said this was alarming, especially as Queensland’s road toll was tracking slightly higher than this time last year.

“We’re seeing fewer cars on the roads because of coronavirus, but already this year, 68 people have died on Queensland roads compared to 60 this time last year,” he said.

“Every life lost is a tragedy and injuries can have a devastating lifelong effect. We know most crashes are caused by the decisions drivers make or human error, so we need motorists to always put safety first when they get behind the wheel.

“Always make sure you’re up to the task of driving and remember the Fatal Five. Always wear a seatbelt, never drive if you’re tired, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, don’t speed and put away distractions like mobile phones.”