1.35 million people killed in preventable road deaths

As the families of more than 1.35 million people prepared for Christmas without a loved one, the State’s peak motoring body had issued an urgent plea to drivers to take care on the roads.

The World Health Organisation’s latest Global Status Report on Road Safety revealed road deaths across the world had increased, with almost 3,700 people killed every day.

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said the figures were a shocking reminder of the dangers on the road.

“The sheer number of people killed is a stark reminder of the importance of safe driving – because all road deaths are preventable,” Ms Hunter said.

“Road crashes are one of the leading causes of deaths around the world and while some progress is being made in Australia, these statistics confirm it’s not enough.”

Ms Hunter said the school holidays were a busy time for families, with thousands expected to embark on road trips across the State.

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“Queensland families will be hitting the road in force over the next few weeks, and we don’t want any of them killed or injured,” she said.

“So we’re asking every driver to make a pledge this Christmas to observe the road rules – and take it slow.

“Don’t get behind the wheel if you’re on drugs or drunk, if you’re distracted, or tired and please wear your seatbelt.

“If you’re driving long distances, take plenty of breaks and make sure you are refreshed when you get behind the wheel.”