We’re not going to save lives if we don’t see change: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has echoed calls for road safety infrastructure investment, after a new report revealed Australia was not on track to reducing the number of people killed on our roads.

The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) released its Benchmarking Report – Performance of the National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS) which found road fatalities were higher than the rate needed to meet the targets, which all State and Territory Governments agreed to in 2011.

AAA’s CEO Michael Bradley called on the Federal Government to fulfill its commitment and urgently respond to the 12 recommendations made in an independent inquiry into the NRSS.

“The Government is investing billions of dollars of motorists’ own money in infrastructure, making it more pertinent that road safety targets and strategies are in place,” Mr Bradley said.

“More than 400 lives have been lost on our roads in the five months since the Minister received those recommendations from the Government’s own appointed experts that led the Inquiry.”

In the 12 months to December 2018, 247 people were killed in crashes across Queensland – the same as the State’s 2017 road toll.

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said the Club supported the AAA’s calls and was also advocating for change on Queensland roads.

“We have the largest local and State-controlled road network in the country, and the biggest share in the national highway network, so we need all tiers of government to start working together and invest in the safety of Queenslanders,” Mr Turner said.

“Establishing a dedicated road safety fund and a national road safety entity will deliver a mass action program of low-cost high-benefit safety treatments which we know are key to seeing a significant number of road deaths and serious injuries reduced.

“Implementing this along with the other recommendations from the Inquiry will be the true test of the Government’s level of commitment to improving road safety.”

View RACQ’s Mobility Matters Report for the Club’s full list of priorities.