Safety warning after horror week on Qld roads

After a horror week of crashes, RACQ has pleaded with Queenslanders to take their safety seriously as more drivers were expected to hit the road at the weekend taking advantage of eased restrictions.

Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the RACQ Air Rescue Network had attended several serious crashes including a fatality on the Bruce Highway at Midgee last week and a single-vehicle rollover at Lotus Creek on Wednesday.

“Sadly, despite fewer people travelling due to coronavirus, we’ve had more deaths on Queensland roads this year than the same time last year,” Ms Ritchie said.

“The current road toll is at 91, up 4 lives on the same time last year. In the last week we had three people die unnecessarily.

“That’s why, as restrictions ease and we explore our State again, we’re urging drivers to slow down, to put away distractions like mobile phones, always wear a seatbelt, never drive if affected by drugs or alcohol, and take regular breaks to fight fatigue.”

Ms Ritchie also warned Queenslanders planning a scenic drive this weekend, to be on the lookout for wildlife near the road.

“In the cooler months, animals often move closer to roads when searching for food, so it’s crucial you’re alert and avoid driving at dawn and dusk when animals are more active,” she said.

RACQ Capricorn Rescue Media and Communications Officer Gabrielle Holmes said as travel and social restrictions were set to ease over the weekend, the RACQ Capricorn Rescue was pleading with drivers to take care when venturing throughout our great state. 

“While it’s important to begin to enjoy everything Queensland has on offer once again, one life lost on the road is too many. It is the responsibility of each one of us to take care and ensure everyone gets home safely.”