Inaction on road safety is killing us: RACQ

Queenslanders would continue to be unnecessarily killed and injured on the roads unless there were dramatic changes in road safety management, the State’s peak motoring body has warned.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Steve Spalding said the latest Australian Automobile Association (AAA) National Road Safety Strategy Benchmarking Report revealed the country was not on track to meet a promised target to reduce road fatalities.

“In the 12 months to September this year, 254 people died on on Queensland roads. It’s only three fewer than last year which equates to a disappointing decrease of just 1.2 percent,” Mr Spalding said.

“Numbers aside, every death on our road is tragic and if we continue to sit idle, the epidemic will leave more gaping holes in our families and communities.

“Every government signed up to reduce the road toll by 30 percent by 2020, and this report reveals we’ve all dropped the ball.”

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Mr Spalding said an inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS) released last month revealed Australia suffered from flaws in accountability, funding, and technology that had directly impacted the rate of road deaths.

“These recommendations can’t be ignored, and recent AAA polling shows Australians want change with almost a third telling us safety was their top transport-related concern,” he said.

Mr Spalding joined other motoring clubs in calling on both sides of politics to commit to the actions outlined in the Inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy to make the nation’s roads safer.

“These include appointing a Cabinet minister with specific multi-agency responsibility to address the hidden epidemic of road trauma and committing to a minimum $3 billion a year road safety fund.”