Safety should be priority for all road users: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has called on the Queensland Government to put the safety of all road users first and not target international drivers alone.

Brisbane Times has reported the Department for Transport and Main Roads has put out a tender for a research and pilot project aimed at improving road safety for international visitors.

The trial will investigate a suite of initiatives ranging from effectiveness of in-flight videos or car rental offices, to audio media and billboards for international visitors to listen to while walking, driving or riding in the Sunshine State.

Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey told Brisbane Times the Government’s focus was for all visitors to remain safe on Queensland roads.

“Tourists often make the most of our great State by taking self-drive holidays but we need to know we’re doing all we can to help keep them safe,” Mr Bailey said.

“Any fatality on our roads is a serious concern.”

RACQ’s Steve Spalding said the State Government should be focusing on more pressing issues surrounding road safety, rather than concentrating on international drivers.

“While any new safety initiative from the Government is warmly received, we must make sure the evidence is there to support this need,” Mr Spalding said.

“Every year we lose hundreds of lives on our roads due to the Fatal Five – speeding, drink driving, seatbelts, fatigue and distraction. Most the at-fault drivers in these fatal crashes are Queenslanders, and not overseas travellers.”

Mr Spalding said the Government’s focus should be on the key causes of crashes.

“Safety has to be the number one priority on our roads and we should throw full support at the obvious weak points we have now, rather than piloting new schemes focused on a niche problem,” he said.

“The reality is, the key safety messages likely to be included in these types of campaigns are messages every driver should be listening to.”