Drivers urged to take care after busy start to year for choppers

The State’s peak motoring body has urged drivers across south east Queensland to take extra care on the roads, after it was revealed RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters had already attended 49 crashes since the start of the year.

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

“It’s only March and our RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crews have already helped 49 people whose injuries were the result of a car or motorbike crash,” Ms Hunter said.

“So far we’ve lost 27 lives on Queensland roads in 2019 – that’s dozens of families now grieving for a loved one.”

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Ms Hunter urged drivers to take extra care behind the wheel and observe the Fatal Five.

“Our helicopter crews do an amazing job, but we really don’t want you to meet them because you’ve had a crash. That’s why we’re urging you to plan your trip carefully,” she said.

“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.”