Horror long weekend results in soaring road toll

RACQ has expressed disappointment at the state of the road toll after five people were killed in a horror long weekend in Queensland.

The Brisbane Times reported three people were killed and another two were injured after a two-vehicle crash on the Gold Coast at 6pm last night.

Just hours earlier, a 55-year-old female cyclist died after a car collided with her and another cyclist in Wamuran at the intersection of Boden and Harrison Roads.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said it was devastating to see so many lives lost, especially given the Club’s calls for greater safety ahead of the long weekend.

“Our road toll has jumped by another five in just a matter of days in Queensland, just after we urged motorists to take more care on the roads,” Ms Ritchie said.

“We knew there would be more traffic as it was a long-weekend, which is why we had warned motorists to practice a high-level of caution.

“We’ve now lost 156 lives on Queensland roads this year compared to 125 last year, the numbers are just devastating.”

Ms Ritchie said on Saturday a female driver was also killed after a two-vehicle crash at Bracalba in the Moreton Bay region.

“Every life lost is one too many and creates a ripple effect in the community,” she said.

“Please no matter where or when you’re driving, avoid the fatal five and don’t take any unnecessary risks.”