Horror start to 2021 on Queensland roads

RACQ has issued a serious warning to motorists after the State’s road toll soared to 29, compared to 17 at the same time last year.

Club spokesperson Paul Turner said it was incredibly disappointing to see almost 30 lives lost in the first six weeks of 2021.

“The year has only just begun and unfortunately we’re already having the conversation about how shocking the road toll is,” Mr Turner said.

“We’ve seen some horrific and devastating crashes and we’re pleading with motorists to do the right thing every time they get behind the wheel.

“We know the five most deadly causes of crashes are speed, drink driving, not wearing a seatbelt, distraction and fatigue and sadly, most crashes are preventable.

“We all need to make a conscious effort to focus on the task at hand and follow the road rules to help stop the carnage on Queensland roads.

“Every death rips a family apart and impacts the wider community.”

Mr Turner said it came after a horror 2020 on the State’s roads, with 276 lives lost across Queensland, compared to 217 in 2019.

“Queensland was the only State in Australia to record an increase in those who died in 2020,” he said.

“Unfortunately, we saw an increase last year in risky behaviours like high-range drink driving and high-range speeding.”